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October 15, 2017

5 Tips For Moving In The Rain

Here at Elite Self Storage, we know that moving can be a pain. You have to pack up everything you own, load up a truck, and then unload it at your new place. The last thing you need is another complication, but sometimes nature isn’t as cooperative as you would like. One big annoyance can be rain. If it does rain when you’re trying to move, don’t despair. We have the moving supplies you need and some tips that can help.

Wrap Up Anything That Can’t Get Wet

You’ll want to make sure that items that can be damaged by water are protected when you’re getting them into and out of your moving truck. Fortunately, we have moving supplies like furniture covers, tarps, shrink wrap, and mattress covers here at Elite Self Storage. These items can protect expensive items from moisture and ensure that you don’t have to deal with mold or other damage later.

Shrink Wrap All Of Your Boxes

The cardboard boxes we have to offer are durable, but in the rain it’s smart to take extra precautions. Once you’ve sealed each box up with packing tape, it’s also a good idea to wrap all of them in shrink wrap. This can help you make sure that books and other paper products don’t get wrecked in a downpour. Once you’ve moved your boxes in, wipe them off with a towel to get rid of excess moisture and reduce the risk of water damage.

Check Your Truck or Trunk For Leaks

It’s likely that you only have to worry about rain damaging your stuff when you’re loading it into or out of the truck, but it pays to be extra careful. Check your moving truck to see if there are any leaks and patch them with tape for a temporary fix that will help protect your things. If it’s a small-scale move and you’re just using your car, check the trunk for leaks to make sure that no water is sneaking in while you’re driving to your new place.

Prepare The Inside Of Your New Apartment or House

If you’re moving in wet things, you’ll want to make sure that the inside of your new place is ready for that. Place down blankets or towels to protect your floors. Tarps and plastic sheeting can also work. Whether you’ve got carpeting or a hardwood floor, water can cause some expensive damage. You might also have to worry about mud if you’re walking through a yard. If you do get mud or water on your floors, clean it up quickly to avoid lasting damage.

Unpack Quickly

Once you’ve finished moving in your stuff it can be tempting to sit back and relax, putting off unpacking to another day. However, if it’s been raining during your move that’s not a great idea. Even if you remove the excess moisture from your cardboard boxes, the remaining water could seep in and damage your things. If the boxes are too wet and you won’t need them again, throw them in the recycling bin. You don’t want to keep them around because they can grow mold.