Imagine being all set to make the big move. Finding a condo for rent that’s conveniently closer to your work? Check. Making the required down payment? Check. Moving into your new condo despite the inclement weather? Uh-oh. Moving can cause renters more stress especially at this time of the year when you have to deal with strong winds, rains, and typhoons.
Protect your belongings from the water. Avoid accidents due to slippery floors and roads. Bring with you a pocketful of sunshine even if the sun decides to go missing in action. Make condo renting in the Philippines a breeze with these safety tips on moving on a rainy day.
Plan Like A True-Blue Smart Condo Renter
A savvy renter knows that every step of condo living entails careful preparation — from choosing a safe living environment to managing your finances to finally settling in your new home. Draw up your game plan based on credible sources of information. Stay updated with the weather forecast. If you can move in advance, do so to avoid moving on the day with the heaviest landfall. Check for any flooded or worse, impassable roads so you can make an alternate route.
Don’t Let The Weather Rain On Your Parade — And On Your Belongings
How? By customizing all the packing hacks that you could find according to the weather conditions. Depending on your circumstances, decide if you are using cardboard or plastic boxes to temporarily house your stuff. Pack all of your non-essentials first or things that you don’t need to use on a daily basis so you can start moving even before the streak of rainy days arrives. Secure documents in waterproof file cases. Organize tricky stuff like cords and small trinkets. Make sure your liquids are locked tight. You don’t want rain or floodwater to mix in with your shampoo, right?
Prepare A Separate Bag For Your Essentials
Channel your inner boy/girl scout by gathering the things you need to survive the ordeal that is called moving. Get clothes, toiletries, and towels ready for changing when you get dirty or wet in the rain. Place your gadgets, chargers, and power banks in waterproof cases. Make a personalized first aid kit. Put all of these in a trusty backpack, include whatever you need to add, and you’re good to go.
Get Your New Home Ready For The Move
To avoid the mess and accidents posed by wet floors, put old rugs or towels at the front door of your new unit as well as on the floor of the areas that will contain your belongings. This is important not only to avoid slips, but also to protect your floor especially if it’s hardwood or covered with a brand new carpet. Also, ensure that the electricity is up and running so you don’t fumble around in a dark and humid area.
Check Your Moving Spaces
Make sure everything is a-ok before you go out in the rain. There should be no cracks in your plastic boxes or tears on the cardboard boxes. Seal leaks fast if you find any in your moving vehicle. Also, line up the pathways in your old house with rugs just like in your new home.
Wear Weather-Appropriate Attire
Choose clothing that will make the task as comfortable as possible. Wear light clothing that won’t get very much heavy when wet. Put on boots or sneakers with heavy tread to avoid slipping. To carry furniture that could be more slippery, use gloves for better grip. Put on your caps as needed and always have a supply of fresh towels for freshening up.
Observe Good Health Practices
‘Tis the season to be… sickly? This period of rains and typhoons makes people more susceptible to the colds and other diseases. Add to this the fact that things will be passed around by numerous hands and you have the perfect recipe for easier transfer of germs.
Protect yourself, your family, and all the other people helping you with your move. Always have rubbing alcohol in spray bottles so you can easily spray some on hands and belongings that people could sneeze onto. Have your reliable anti-bacterial soap and wipes. Also, avoid venturing into flooded areas without wearing boots.
Make It A Team Effort
According to Moving.com, it will help if you organize your team into an assembly line. Have someone stand inside your old house and hand the boxes to another person outside who will then bring your stuff to the vehicle. Do the same setup in your new home. This way, you will minimize wet and muddy footprints.
Drive More Carefully
Weathers like this make driving more prone to accidents. If you are driving a bigger vehicle to better accommodate your belongings, be extra careful in hitting the road. Inspect the vehicle first to ensure that the tires are properly inflated and that they meet the required treading. Also, drive slowly because braking distances can be longer on wet roads and avoid making abrupt and sharp turns.
Once You Have Moved Into Your New Condo, Check For Safety
Check if the common areas like stairs and walkways have waterproof coating. Leaks and cracks should not be taken lightly. Familiarize yourself with the electrical system in the building. Close any gaps in your door and windows to prevent the rain from getting in. Should you have any concerns, raise it immediately to the condo management.
Remember, since the cold weather makes it all the more conducive to stay inside, it never hurts to take one more watchful look to ensure optimal condo safety even in bad weather.
Take time to rearrange your belongings in your new home. Cook some delicious soup to warm you up in this cold weather and to give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done. While moving into a new condo rental in the Philippines on a rainy day does not sound great, these safety tips should make the task more manageable. Once you are fully settled, you can now start enjoying the comfortable condo renting life.