Moving house is stressful without having to worry about bad weather. But, sometimes, things just don’t go your way. You’ve prepared yourself three months priorly, checked all important tasks on the checklist and everything seems in working order, ready for the big day. Until the weather forecast decides to play a trick on you on this exact day. You can’t change the day of your move, especially if you’ve booked moving services. And now you have to deal with moving during rain or snowstorm.

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But, don’t worry. The Fantastic Services team is here to help you in these dire times. If you’ve done your homework and organised your move to the last detail, then, there are a few other things you would have to consider when moving house in bad weather.

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How to Move House in the Rain

Rain is the most common type of bad weather you can encounter when moving home. Good news is, it’s the most easily manageable, too. Just make sure to take a few additional precautions.

  • Check the weather forecast. Check the forecast of at least three different sources, know for sure if you should worry about a rainy moving day. If many different forecasts state that the day will be sunny, it most probably will be. If one or a few predict rain, get prepared beforehand.
  • Remember insurance. The probability of something getting damaged during the move increases dramatically on a rainy day. Moving companies will most probably offer you insurance, but ask to be sure. If you’re not using a moving company, it’s still a good idea to invest in insurance and make arrangements yourself. It’s costly, but it could save you a lot of headaches.
  • Pack responsibly. Your items need an additional layer of anti-moisture protection when moving on a rainy day. In this case, stretch wrap is your best friend. Use it on all your boxes, don’t leave a single item unwrapped. Not only will it keep the water from dampening the cardboard, but it would act as another round of packing tape, keeping the box together. If you don’t trust cardboard boxes, you can always opt for plastic ones. The furniture needs to be wrapped in a blanket, first, to avoid scratches, then, in packing tape for security and finally, in a layer of stretch wrap to keep it dry. Don’t be shy with using plenty of stretch wrap to protect your mattresses, too.
  • Use cardboard cutouts for walking. If a cardboard box seems hopeless, don’t throw it away. Instead, cut it into squares and use them to make a path to and from the moving van. If you don’t want to track mud inside the house while loading your items, this is the best solution. Make sure to have more pads for when you arrive at the new place.
  • Drive carefully. Keep your attention on the road. Most accidents occur when people are too impatient. To keep yourself calm, make sure moving is the only thing you need to do that day. For instance, don’t schedule important meetings on the same day. If you’re using a moving company, know that it’s very likely for the movers to experience delays because of the weather, so be patient.
  • Park close to the entrance. Often, you have to make provisions for your parking situation, anyway. But this is especially a must if it’s raining, as you don’t want to be outside with a heavy box in your hands for too long and get wet. So, do quick research priorly and find out if you’ll be able to park near the entrance. This way, you’ll be exposed to the rain as little as possible.

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How to Move House in Winter

Winter is not a great time to move homes, but sometimes, you simply have no choice. However, just because it poses a few additional difficulties, doesn’t mean it has to be a disaster.

  • Check the weather forecast. Bookmark a few forecast websites and check them every day for a week before the move. The weather during winter is highly unpredictable, so you’ll need to know if you should expect heavy snowfall on your moving day.
  • Prepare the vehicle for the winter. Make sure your car is ready for an adventure in the great snowy outdoors. Tell your mechanic about the trip you intend to make and ask him if your car is up for it.
  • Decide on the best route. Inspect all routes that go to your destination. In the event of one road being closed because of the weather, be prepared to take another one. If the available route is longer, make sure you have enough fuel to get to your new location.
  • Keep a list of emergency contacts on paper. Just in case, have a few emergency contacts on paper. Remember, it’s winter and phone batteries drain faster. If you need to use someone else’s phone, make sure you know the number.
  • Have a supply of food and hot tea. If the drive is long, make sure there are enough supplies of food and warm liquids for everyone in your family. Even if you get stuck, people tend to stay calm when they’re fed and warm.

If you have to move between December 20th and January 1st, prepare for long lines of traffic ahead and possible delays. There will be a lot of people on the road during the winter holidays, so be patient and stay calm. Also, note that moving service providers may charge extra during holidays. You’ll need to contact any utility companies well in advance, as well, to ensure that your new home has power, heating and water on the very day you move in.

How to Move House During a Hailstorm

Being caught in a hailstorm while on the move can be scary and with good reason. Hail can cause serious damage to your vehicle, not to mention that the sound of falling hailstones on the roof of your car can scare your kids and pets. Unfortunately, hailstorms are highly unpredictable, so it’s possible that the bad weather is not mentioned in the weather forecast. Here is what to do if you get caught in a hailstorm:

  • Look for shelter. Once you notice the first signs of ice pellets hitting your windscreen, try to find a place under a cover to park your vehicle and wait for the worst to pass. Petrol stations are the perfect shelter for that. Bridges or overpasses aren’t a good idea. Also, try to avoid flooded roads.
  • Stop driving. If the size of the hailstones is relatively small, maybe you could keep driving. But, there’s no way you that you could predict if this will be the case throughout your journey. If you notice their size increases, then, it’s a good idea to pull over and stop the car. Hailstones can turn the size of a tennis ball and this means that the road can become very difficult to navigate and thus, make driving unstable.
  • Keep clear of trees. Resist the urge to hide under a tree. Trees don’t offer any protection in a hailstorm. They might even pose an additional threat for your vehicle, because of falling branches or lightning.
  • Stay inside. Do NOT leave the vehicle until it stops hailing. Even small hailstones can cause injuries, considering that they’re falling from a cloud 2000 metres up in the sky. Your car would offer good protection for you and your family.

Good news is that most types of insurance would cover the damage made by a hailstorm. If you’d like to try and fix any dents made in the roof of your car, you can try leaving it out in the sun. The heat expands the metal and can sometimes cause the dents to pop back out. Or, you could park your car in the garage and heat it up.

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Moving houses is stressful. Moving houses in bad weather – even more so. But with some well-thought preparation and maybe, with the help of experienced professionals, you don’t have to worry about moving day.

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  • Last update: May 29, 2019

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