Time and tide wait for no man they say so, if you must move during the rainy season there is nothing you can do about it except move. Just engage the right movers and keeps these tips in mind.
1. Wrap everything in polythene sheets, cling wrap or put them in large PVC bags
Why let water get into the cartons and damage your stuff? Wrap each individual item in cling wrap or, better still, put them in ziplock bags or PVC bags and seal the bags securely with sellotape.
Segregate items by a material such as steel, metal, plastic, and wood and take special precautions for each to ensure they are not damaged due to water.
2. Engage the right mover
You take the best precautions to prevent any of your stuff from coming into contact with water but the mover too makes a difference.
Ask if he provides a fully covered lockable van that has some measure of water sealing?
Ask if the truck or van so provided drives direct to destination.
Check the floor height from ground level. The higher it is the better since your van may pass through flooded roads and water could get inside the van and wet your belongings, damaging some of them in the process. To prevent this from happening, your mover should, ideally, use some stands placed on the truck floor on which the cartons are placed.
Better still, pack cardboard cartons inside rented plastic bins with lids.
3. Make sure you do not slip while loading
It is of utmost importance to ensure that you do not slip and fall during the loading process. This can be a real possibility if your existing house has smooth polished floors.
Just place old towels or spread cardboard on which you can walk. The side benefit is that the flooring stays protected.
It is best to hire a van with a roll-up the door right up to your entrance. The short distance open to the skies and rain can be covered by the use of tarpaulin. This way none of your boxes ever gets even slightly wet.
4. Follow the right order
Move larger and heavier items first to the van.
Most solid items go at the bottom. The top tier is occupied by smaller boxes containing fragile stuff like glasses, vases and electronic gear.
5. Simple trick – newspapers
The ideal conditions rarely exist. You may have scheduled a pickup assuming there would be fair weather but it pours heavily.
You have packed most stuff inside cardboard cartons and there is no way to prevent them from getting wet.
In such cases keep a pile of newspapers handy and wrap them in several layers around the cartons while moving them from your house to the truck. The newspapers will become wet and can be discarded. Cartons stay dry.
Position 3-4 people in a line to pass the cartons fast to minimize the time they are exposed to the rain.
Rainy weather is high-risk weather when vehicles can skid. Whether the mover provides insurance or not, you should take out insurance on all your stuff.
You can let this one go if the weather situation is not so tense. However, it is extremely important to insure your stuff before moving if the weather forecast is bad and is not optimal for moving.