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Moving in the Rain

Katie Cullen
Written by Katie Cullen
18th January 2017 (Last updated on Monday 25th March 2019)

If you are moving house in the UK then the chances are, you’ll be moving in the rain… OK, OK, so that’s a tad pessimistic. But the reality is, we do get a fair bit of rain in the UK and unfortunately, the weather is pretty unpredictable so even if you think you’re being clever and you book your removal day in the height of summer, you could still end up sprinting from house to van with your sound bar under your coat.

Let’s be a teeny bit smarter than that, people. A little bit of rain never hurt anybody… Follow these simple tips and guidelines for moving in the rain and you’ll do it with no trouble.

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Don’t Blame it on the Weatherman Dress for the Occasion No Plastic Sheeting Use a Removal Company

Don’t Blame it on the Weatherman

Moving day is a busy day and it is easy to find yourself getting stressed out... That stress can easily be magnified when you are caught off guard by rubbish weather. Imagine waking up on the day of your move raring to go, you open the curtains and look at the sopping wet grass in despair as you picture yourself dragging your cream sofa through the swamp to the van.

Check the weather forecast prior to your move and psyche yourself up for moving house in the rain. Having knowledge of the weather forecast in advance will give you the best chance of preparing appropriately or you may even be able to rearrange accordingly. A good removal company should be looking into this as well, informing you in advance of any days that may not be suitable.

For the best long-range weather forecasts in your area, take a look at the Met OfficeThe Weather Outlook or Net Weather TV.

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Dress for the Occasion

This isn’t your first encounter with the rain. You know how to keep dry and how to dress for the elements. Be sure that you are prepared for any downfall on your day of removal. Dress in suitable clothing that is going to keep you dry and comfortable but won’t hinder you if you’ll be mucking in with the removals team.

No Plastic Sheeting

Plastic sheeting on a wet day is a recipe for disaster and should be avoided at all costs. As if you’re not already wound up enough with watching everything you own being loaded into a van and worrying if there’s something you’ve forgotten while also stressing about the awful weather…. If you then slip on the plastic sheeting, you may be prone to a mental break. Wouldn’t want that. You will be much better off using old bed sheets or large dust sheets.

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Use a Removal Company

We won’t apologise for harping on about this one. But no matter when you are moving and come rain or shine, a removal company is the way to go. This- is- a- must. They will take care of everything. First of all, they may be able to avoid rainy days... But then, they are not miracle workers and as much as we at Compare My Move speak very highly of our removal company partners, we know that they cannot control the weather. What they can do, however, is protect your items from damage when moving in the rain. They have specialist equipment and skills and they are the experts.

Don’t be deterred by a spot of rain. You’ll soon be in your new home and all the hard work will be worth it.