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Moving In The Rain

Having lived in Vancouver for any amount of time or, like me, all my life you know that it rains; Then it rains some more.   This is especially true for our winter months, but I will take that over snow any day.   The rain, however, doesn’t stop us Vancouverites.  We still carry on with our daily activities.  The soccer fields are always full, we jog, we go to our favorite restaurants and, in general, take the rain as it comes. 

Also, what doesn’t change is that sometimes we need to move our homes or businesses and the rain will not stop that from happening.  There, however, are some things to consider.

Planning becomes even more important than usual.  There is just less daylight and you will want to take advantage of as much of it as you can.   Traffic is always worse so please be patient and flexible; And of course, things are wet.   The ground is wet and somehow water always seems to be in places it shouldn’t be.  

There are some things you can do to mitigate the impact of the rain and there are other things to consider.   Rather than moving your items to exactly the room they are supposed to be in, consider moving everything into one room that way you don’t traipse through a wet house.   As well, a pop-up tent or a tarp over the walk way will keep things dry.   To increase safety, use make-shift mats such as old carpets to keep feet dry.

Another thing to consider are the types of boxes you use (yes I am completely biased).   Reusable boxes are convenient and cost affective, but also prevent moisture from effecting your belongings.   There is a term called hygroscopy that one should be aware of.

Paper and cardboard – in all their myriad forms – easily absorb moisture from the surrounding air (that’s hygroscopy!) . It doesn’t even have to be raining.  This can cause varying degrees of damage, which affects the usefulness and value of these products.

Frequent problems include:

  • Paper-based products become brittle
  • Changes in the shape, appearance and functional integrity of paper and cardboard products
  • Increased waste and write-offs
  • Mould and other bacterial growths that affect product value, smell, and appearance

As well, wet carboard is not as recyclable as you think.  Even though the paper recycling process introduces water, when you get paper wet and it dries, it manipulates the fibers (as a result, it feels stiffer). Paper mills also don’t want to pay for wet paper because it’s heavier with the extra water weight.  

The rain is here and it won’t stop us hearty Vancouverites.   If you do have to move during this time of year, be safe, be flexible and choose your boxes carefully.