Moving in bad weather: tips for every situation

Your moving day is finally here but it’s pouring rain, snowing, really hot, or worse! Whatever the weather situation might be, it can be tricky to move when the elements aren’t on your side. Additionally, sometimes changing the move date is not possible if it’s overlapping with your new work schedule. Sometimes people need to be out of their old home but are unable to reschedule with their moving company without losing the deposit. It can be a nightmare! But not if you hire ReloSmart Movers Hong Kong! Don’t worry, if you happen to be moving in bad weather, you just have to rely on our tips to help make this process a little easier.

Two people packing for moving in bad weather
Moving in bad weather doesn’t have to be a nightmare. If you have to move when it’s raining, snowing, or windy, follow these tips to protect your stuff.

Make sure to plan your move properly:

Before the big day comes, you need to make sure to discuss the company’s policy on relocating in bad weather. Make sure you understand what are their conditions for packing your stuff in poor circumstances caused by the weather. This is especially important to be aware of if you’re moving during a sizzling hot summer day or the dead of winter.

Follow our tips to protect your household goods for moving in bad weather:

While moving while there’s a storm brewing can be difficult, there are some things you will not be able to avoid on the big day. If you are moving on a super hot day, make sure to have plenty of water on-hand for your international movers Hong Kong. Start preparing by making sure you have lightweight clothing and that you protect your head with a hat. Remember, sunscreen is a must on a hot summer day. On the other hand, if you’re moving in the cold, layer up and wear a thick jacket, a winter hat, gloves, and some hand warmers. If it’s pouring rain, make sure you are wearing rain boots, rain jackets. Set aside plenty of umbrellas for yourself and to cover some of your items. Additionally, you should take breaks with hot chocolate and coffee, even if it means moving day might take a little bit longer.

Protecting your belongings

While the sight of rain or snow clouds might make you worry about the state of your moving boxes, don’t worry. Cardboard is more durable than it looks. As long as you seal and label your boxes with packing tape, everything inside will survive the move. But if you have loose items, for example, any clothes you planned to leave on the hangers won’t survive the elements like that. The same goes for your furniture and artwork. For that, call your movers and they will provide you with professional-grade crates that are specially designed to protect these sorts of valuables.

How to pack when moving in bad weather?

If you didn’t know, you can rent mattress pads, industrial plastic covers, and other items to help you move in rain, hail, or snow. But if you need to save on moving costs, many household items will protect your valuables. Even if you’re moving in poor weather conditions. For example:

  • Wrap framed photographs in plastic wrapping to prevent rain or snow from getting into gaps in the frame.
  • Put a large-sized trash bag around groups of clothes to protect them from rain.
  • Use heavy blankets and sheets to wrap and protect wood furniture.

rainy street

Be meticulous about your packing:

If you know that you’re going to be moving during the winter, you need to be super careful about how you pack. Make sure to wrap all of your items in extra layers – whether it’s packing paper, bubble wrapping, or blankets. Usually, you can put your couch, table, or coffee table onto a moving van without additional coverage. However, when you are dealing with really bad weather conditions, you have to cover those items as well. Use a heavy blanket to wrap and cover them, or go for a lot of towels. You can also use a heavy waterproof canvas.

1. Use waterproof bins when relocating in bad weather:

Take extra care of your books by packing them in waterproof containers. Before you can load them onto your moving truck, make sure that these bins are sealed tight.

2. Take extra care with expensive items:

If you have expensive pieces of art or important heirlooms, wrap them very tightly with plastic or bubble wrap. Close it tightly with packing tape. Same as with all of your items, wrap them with additional care.

3. Place towels and padding in your new home if moving in bad weather:

When you finally arrive in your new home, put a lot of rags and towels on the floor. These drop cloths will help to prevent tracking throughout your new home from the movers. If it’s snowing, you must pour salt on your doorway, walkway, and driveway. Try to regularly shovel these spaces during the move.

4. Right after moving in, remember to remove wrapped items:

While it is important to keep your items away from water (or rain in this case), unwrap them as soon as possible. Once they are safe in your new home you’ll want to make sure that they ‘breathe’, which can help to prevent mildew or water damage.

girl labeling boxes
While you may like to do all of the packing yourself, having some items professionally packed during a bad weather move can help to prevent damage.

Any type of relocation is hard. Add relocating in bad weather into the equation and you have a whole new set of challenges to deal with. We hope that these tips will help you make your move a little easier. Or, you can contact us because, remember, getting assistance from movers, packers should help a lot as well.

Latest Posts

I was hoping to avoid the struggles of having to relocate altogether, but with ReloSmart Movers by my side, I’m glad I didn’t. The team did an incredible job – they arrived on time and handled everything perfectly!

David R.