The Importance of Weather-Proofing Belongings during a Move

Moving can be an exciting venture, especially when you are moving across state. The hope that your moving day will go smoothly will be at the top of your list as you prepare to pack up and move. A reliable moving company, secure storage, and great weather are just three of the many important components of a successful move.

Rain and snow can put a damper on an exciting move, and they place your property at risk of damage and decay. Placing your belongings at the mercy of the elements is not ideal, and it can inconveniently delay the process of relocation. When moving across state, it is often necessary to place your belongings into storage. Placing your property into a storage facility can be convenient and hassle-free, but what happens when your items are facing severe weather conditions? Often, water and wind can find its way through the thinnest of cracks, jeopardizing the longevity of your beloved items. As weather can be wildly unpredictable, preparation is the key to a successful move. Follow these three steps to ensure that your items arrive dry, clean, and in one piece. ¹

Track Weather Reports

Ensure that you keep track of the weather reports for the week before your moving date is scheduled. This will help you and your moving company make the appropriate decisions regarding the packing, transport, and storage. If snow or bad rain is expected, it will cause delays – ensure that you are prepared for potential extra costs and logistics. If you are moving to Florida, be aware of the possibility of hurricanes and humidity when placing your items into storage. If you are planning a move to the Sunshine State in summer, you can expect temperatures of 80s or 90s, every single day. The heat leads to heavy, muggy weather, as the humidity typically adds 5 to 10 degrees. It is also important to keep in mind that hurricanes commonly and unexpectedly frequent Florida. Ensure that your items are wrapped in materials that are equipped for these conditions.

Wrap, Package, and Cover

Keeping an eye on the weather will allow you to make the right decisions when it comes to the packing and packaging of your property. If you are aware of rain or snow, cover your items in waterproof materials. Before you pack items into boxes or plastic containers, use durable plastic bags, mattress covers, and furniture slips. Plastic wrapping or shrink wrapping works well for large items, while smaller plastic bags can be used for linen, cushions, and trinkets. If you are facing the unpredictable weather that Florida brings, keep in mind that once items are soaked, the humidity will cause mold and decay. Make sure that you wrap your items and seal the wrapping with heavy-duty masking tape to avoid the moisture from creeping into the crevices and corners of your belongings during a move. ²

Box It!

Boxes become useless once they are wet, which places your items in danger of damage. Ensure that you either protect the boxes, or use an alternative. If you choose to use boxes, ensure that they are clean, strong, and durable. Try to layer your belongings by packing smaller boxes into larger ones, remembering to wrap your items with plastic before they go into the boxes. Consider using laminated boxes, as they will offer some protection against the humidity. Seal the boxes properly and consider using shrink-wrap to take an extra precaution against the elements. If you are planning on leaving your goods in storage, it is important to remember that the packaging needs to endure wind, rain, snow, and humidity. When you seal the boxes, keep an eye out for any patches where the shrink-wrap is absent, and cover them up. If your boxes will be left on the floor of a storage unit, make sure that no liquid can seep into the bottom of the package.

Avoid clammy furniture and disappointment by ensuring that your items are adequately weather-proofed before you pack them onto the truck. It is important to prepare yourself for any minor setbacks that temperamental weather can cause, but to also enjoy the exciting adventure of the move! ³

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Established in 1978, Shleppers Moving & Storage shows dedication to their customers through high standards of service. Shleppers has grown to be one of the leading moving companies in New York, while some of New York’s most prestigious businesses and organizations have moved with them. It is their responsibility to satisfy and please each and every customer.


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