Moving from your old home to a new one is a challenging and often overwhelming task. There are many things you can do to make sure your Newcastle move is as stress-free and as hassle-free as possible. However, there is one factor that could cause you some problems during your move, and it is unfortunately beyond anyone’s control – the weather.
Even with all the planning, and following the forecast for the day of your move, the weather can still change in a blink of an eye. It could start pouring without warning, or there could be a sudden change in temperature. Strong winds, rain, and humidity can permanently damage your belongings if you do not take the necessary precautions to counter possible weather damage.
There is no way to accurately predict or control the weather on your moving day. However, there are some weatherproof packing tips that you can follow to make sure that your belongings – big and small – survive the trip during not-so-ideal weather.
Protecting your belongings from rain, strong winds or hail
Water damage to your possessions is one of the irreversible effects of rain and hail. Even with just drizzle, it is inevitable that your belongings will be exposed to water as you move them either from your old home to the moving truck, or from the truck to your new home. Below are some of the things that you can use for packing to make sure your possession won’t get wet.
Plastic wraps and trash bags
Things that are susceptible to water damage, such as clothes, linens, bedding, and electronic gadgets and devices, should be placed in plastic bags (trash bags are ideal) before putting them in moving boxes. Precious artwork and other valuable items should be properly wrapped in a high-quality plastic wrap to keep the water off them. For larger appliances, mattresses, and furniture, you can use industrial plastic wrap and heavy-duty, nylon, padded bags.
Waterproof boxes and plastic containers
These are waterproof plastic boxes with secure lids that are sealed tightly, preventing water from getting inside. Unlike cardboard boxes that soften when soaked with water, plastic containers are sturdier and can withstand water exposure. They come in many different sizes and can be reused as storage containers.
Tarps, plastic sheets and lots of duct tape
If plastic boxes are not available and you have no choice but to use cardboard boxes, there are ways to make them as waterproof as possible.
First, place small, valuable, items that you don’t want to get wet in plastic tubs with lids before putting them inside a cardboard box. Reinforce your cardboard boxes, especially the edges and seams, with lots of duct tape to make sure they don’t tear easily when exposed to water.
Use tarps and plastics sheets to protect your cardboard boxes from the elements.
Protecting your belongings against humidity
If your new home is located in an area with high humidity or there is a significant change in temperature as you move from one area to another, then you should be wary of moisture build up in your belongings. Trapped moisture can cause mould and mildew on your furniture and clothing. The key here is to allow your belongings to ‘breathe’ during the move by letting air to flow easily.
Plastic grocery crates
These are thick, cube-shaped, plastic crates without a lid and holes at the sides and the bottom that allows items inside to ‘breathe’. They are perfect for your sturdier possessions such as clothes and books and can be stacked on top of each other to save truck space.
Plastic wraps trap moisture in humid places. Instead, use breathable materials such as linen or cotton to cover furniture and other large items.
These are the little packets that you usually see inside the packaging of newly purchased gadgets or food. If you are going to use plastic or cardboard boxes to store clothes, footwear, fabrics, important papers, or electronics, it is advisable to place a couple of silica gel sachets in the boxes as well. The silica gel effectively absorbs moisture inside the box.
If there is a chance of experiencing bad weather during your move, consult your moving company. Ask about the weatherproof materials that they offer so that you would be able to protect your belongings from water or humidity damage.