Moving on Rainy Days

In the UK, there’s no surefire way of ensuring you move in bright, warm weather. Yes, you can perhaps increase the likelihood of it by choosing a summer move, but even then, there’s no guarantee. And no amount of consulting the weather forecast can totally protect you from a wet, slippery house-move in disobliging conditions. You might even choose the longest day of the year (usually 21 June) and still have to contend with a downpour – and the same could apply if you opt for an August bank holiday. Sometimes, we have to concede defeat and face the fact that we live in quite a damp, changeable climate. We’re not the South of France, however much we might sometimes wish it. The good news is that a drenched moving experience doesn’t have to be a bad one. All it takes is a bit of forethought and research and the rain needn’t be more than a slight hiccup. This applies whether you’re coping with drizzles or torrents, thunder and lightning. 

  1. Can You Move House in the Rain?
  2. What Happens if it Rains on Moving Day?
  3. How Do You Move When it’s Raining?
  4. Strong Boxes
  5. Masking Tape
  6. Cleaning Materials
  7. Floor Protection
  8. Tarpaulin/Tents/Marquee
  9. Bin Liners/Refuse Sacks
  10. Planning Your Journey
  11. Is it OK to Move in the Rain?

Can You Move House in the Rain?

Yes. It just requires a small amount of additional preparation. Since the weather can’t be relied upon to bend to our will, we just need to take charge of the situation and weather-proof our move. This amounts to little more than a few extra bits of double-checking, one or two additional measures and a handful of everyday, household materials.

What Happens if it Rains on Moving Day?

Very little. Of course, you can chance it by barely making any changes to your approach, but if you want to protect yourself and your belongings, this is achieved through some simple alterations, which we’ll look at below.

How Do You Move When it’s Raining?

Moving in the rain doesn’t need to be a Herculean undertaking. With any/all of the following steps, you can be settled in your new home just as quickly. Some of these suggestions require advance notice of the bad weather; others you can put in place right at the last minute. 

Strong Boxes

Those old, multiply-reused cardboard boxes might let you down in the rain. While it’s not practical to repack everything if the rain takes you by surprise, if you think there’s any significant likelihood of a wet move, then do all your packing using new, sturdy boxes. These will withstand the rain for much longer. You don’t have to worry that you’re letting down the side, green-wise – you can buy brand new boxes made from recycled cardboard. 

Masking Tape

It’s highly likely you were planning to seal your boxes anyway, but in the event of a rainy move this becomes even more important. You want to seal your cardboard boxes to the extent that there’s no point of entry for the rain.

Cleaning Materials

During wet weather, there’s a greater chance that dirt and splashes can get inside not only your old home but also your new one. Keeping an unpacked mop and vacuum cleaner nearby so you can deal with dirt and water as and when they arise is the answer. You could also keep a cleaning spray at hand, and perhaps a towel or two and some kitchen roll. 

Floor Protection

Your removal team may well be able to help you accomplish this step – ideally, you want to create an interior walkway, whether from plyboard or panels taken from cardboard boxes. If it’s really bucketing down, then create an initial layer of protection with plastic sheeting, with the plyboard or cardboard placed on top of it. Be careful not to inadvertently create trip hazards as you go; you can avoid this by making sure separate panels of plyboard or cardboard are securely fastened to each other, so there are no dangerous edges that could send someone flying. Plastic sheeting is easily acquired from local pound shops and homeware/hardware stores; if the one you’ve opted for is quite thin and prone to splitting under the repeated pressure of people’s shoes, then double-layer it. The same floor protection can also be packed up at the last minute so that it can then be placed down to form an interior runway in your new property.


At certain points in your move, it may be necessary to leave boxes or solitary items outside, whether during the outgoing or incoming part of the process. You can keep these safe, at least for a short while, by covering them with tarpaulin, provided you’re dealing with mild rain or drizzle. Don’t attempt to keep things dry with tarpaulin in a torrential downpour – you’ll need to find alternative, 100 % waterproof coverings in those circumstances. That’s where certain types of tenting and marquee covering come in, bearing in mind that you’ll need to be able to fix them firmly in place. 

Bin Liners/Refuse Sacks

Think of the kind of maxi-sized bin bags that are used for large household bins. The good thing about the biggest sizes of these bags is just how easily they can be placed around boxes (even wardrobe boxes). They’re perfect for getting your boxes from the house and into the lorry. An important step to take is to remove the bin bags once the box is inside the vehicle – not only can you reuse it for the next one, but you’ll avoid creating a build-up of water on the floor of the van. If this is allowed to happen, then boxes at the bottom of the pile will gradually get soggy. 

Planning your Journey

Rain aggravates traffic and this is even truer in a built-up parts of London. Consider using a satnav or app that responds in real time to traffic chaos. If you’re preparing for rain in advance of the actual moving day, then do some research into your route and make sure you have more than one up your sleeve. A backup route could save the day. 

Is it Ok to Move in the Rain?

Conclusively, yes. If you find the above steps insufficient, then there’s no shortage of additional steps you can put in place to keep you and your boxes/goods dry as a bone. You could gradually move all your boxes to your garage – that way, movers don’t need to keep going in and out of your house. They can simply move items from garage to van. It may also enable them to park closer. Talking of parking, some forward-planning can make things much easier; after all, the shorter the distance between van and house, the less exposure to the rain. Lastly, it’s not just the boxes that matter – you need to stay dry, too. So make sure you have wet-weather gear either on a hook or at the top of a carefully-labelled cardboard box, so that it can be easily retrieved.

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