moving house in the rain

Tips For Moving House In The Rain

Sadly, living in the UK almost guarantees a rainy day when you’re moving house. Here we have some tips to help you prepare for bad weather and  move house on a rainy day.


In your head, on your moving day the sun will be shining, the moving company will arrive on time, everything will be packed and ready to go, and the kids will be perfectly behaved all day. Now, in all likelihood a few of those scenarios are unlikely to happen, but living in the UK, one of them is almost guaranteed not to happen -, and that’s the sun shining. You can check the weather reports and book your move for the height of summer, but you know that sods law will have you in your rainmac, covering the new carpets desperately in carrier bags, wondering why you ever thought you’d be lucky enough to move on a dry day.

The problem with moving in the rain is that it’s messy, and it can be dangerous as well depending on how bad the conditions are. So do have the best intentions for moving on a sunny day, but prepare for the rain as well, so that if you find you are moving on a wet and windy day, you’re completely prepared.

Here are some tips to help you move house in the rain like a pro:


Ask Your Moving Company

Ask your moving company how they adapt their services to a rainy day. Most companies will have a different way of doing things for rainy days. This might involve plastic sheeting being laid down on carpets, plastic covering for furniture and similar items and a change in logistics. Remember an experienced company will have worked through all weather conditions, so they know how to make your move work whatever the weather.


Plan For Storage

If you are moving your items into or out of self-storage in London or another major city then you’re going to need to prepare the items you are moving for a rainy day. You may already have plastic sheeting for the larger furniture items, but it is unlikely you have plastic sheeting for any boxes. If you don’t protect cardboard boxes from the rain, you will have a pretty huge problem on your hands. Don’t assume the boxes will dry off in storage, work to prevent them getting wet in the first place. You do not want soggy boxes, mould, damp and rot wrecking your items as they stay in cheap self storage. Remember moving a box to a new home is different to moving one into self-storage where the items inside are likely to stay boxed up. So if the box is wet or damp, it will cause you immediate or long term issues in the way of damage.


Anti-slip Mats and Stick Ons

You can buy cheap grippy mats from anywhere and they come in really handy on rainy days – safety comes first! You can also buy double sided grippy tape and pads which will stick on the bottom of furniture and boxes to stop them from slipping around – something that much more likely when it is raining.


Plastic Sheets, Plastic Sheets, Plastic Sheets!

You WILL need plastic sheets. They aren’t expensive so stock up. They protect items from moisture and dirt, including the items being moved and the carpets and flooring in your old and new property. The removals or self-storage company may well have these materials but it will not hurt you to stock up too.


Secure Your Boxes

You should do this anyway, regardless of whether or not it might rain. Any thin cardboard boxes should be positively covered in packing tape. Any boxes that don’t have secure lids should also be covered in packing tape; better still use solid, double–walled cardboard boxes that you can buy from any good self-storage company in London rather than rely on free boxes that tend to be too flimsy. Try and think of it like preparing boxes for postage, imagine the box being bashed around, held in the rain and shifting around in transit – prepare for the worst case scenario and make your boxes indestructible.


Tips For Taking Your Houseplants To A New Home

Packing house plants is not as simple as packing a regular box for self-storage or a house move, they need special care and attention. Here are a few tips to help you.


When you have spent years cultivating healthy houseplants to bring warmth and greenery to your home, you don’t want to see them damaged or worse – dead – after a house move. Packing house plants is not as simple as packing a regular box for a house move or for self-storage in London or any other major city; they need special care and attention. Often they can be low on packing priorities, which is understandable when there’s so much to do. It is important you consider your houseplants when you’re moving if you want to keep them healthy and alive.


Here are some useful tips to help you keep your precious house plants alive during a move:


Give Them Away

If they won’t survive a long move, give them away. Think about how long you’re going to be travelling for and how hardy your plants are. If they simply won’t handle the climate change or rough transit, then you may have to give them to friends and family. It’s a tough sacrifice to make, but you will be able to replace them with new ones in your new home.


Check If They Are Covered By Insurance

It is likely that your moving company will not pay you any money if your houseplants get damaged in transit. This may not be a big issue if your plants are not precious to you, but if they are or if the plant is worth a lot of money you may want to think about taking the plants in the car with you.


Check You Can Take Them With You

If you think they will survive the long journey, check they are actually allowed to come with you. If you’re moving countries, there may be rules and regulations stopping you taking certain plants across the border, so read up on the rules before you move.


Take Cuttings

If you can’t take your plants with you, but love them – take some cuttings so you can cultivate baby plants from the original plants. There are products available at garden centres that will enable you to do this efficiently.


Check For Infestations

It is important you do not take plants into your new home if they have insect infestations or plant diseases that can be passed on to other plants. You can make an effort to remove the disease or insects before you move home, just make sure you leave enough time to do so.


Pack Your Plants Last

Make sure you pack your plants last but allow adequate time to do so – don’t just chuck them in the back of the car last minute. They need to be securely packed into sturdy boxes that cannot fall over, and that aren’t having other boxes on top of them. If you’re moving some items to self storage units and some to your new home, make sure the plants don’t accidentally get taken to the wrong place – they will not survive in a dark self-storage unit.


Keep Plants Moist

If you are travelling for a long period of time, plants will need to be extra moist so that they survive. Don’t water them during the move, simply install a drip feeder into the plant pot or give the soil a good soaking before you set off.


Plan Where Your Plants Will Go

As your plants will have thrived in their current environment, it is important you give them a similar environment in your new home. Make a note of the conditions your current plants live in IE; on the windowsill or in a cool, shaded corner, and find similar places in your new home to house them.