How to Plan a Winter MovePosted By: herlihywp Comments: 0 Categories: Moving Tips
Most people typically plan a spring or summer household move due to weather or school-related concerns, but sometimes you can’t avoid a winter move. In roughly 3/4 of the states in the U.S., there is a good chance you’ll encounter snow, sleet, or ice. However, by taking a few proactive steps, you can enjoy a safe and easy winter move.
Schedule a Morning Move
If possible, schedule the move in the early part of the day. In the winter months, daylight is limited, so the earlier the move, the better. This way, you avoid unloading boxes after the sun goes down. If your relocation takes place when it’s dark, be sure to have sufficient lighting in both your current and new homes.
Stay Updated on Current Weather Events
In the days before your move, keep a close eye on the weather forecast to see what weather conditions will be on moving day. If a bad storm is on the horizon, speak with your movers about how you will handle it or look at alternative moving days. Most movers are willing to work around the weather to ensure everyone stays safe.
Arrange to Have Driveways Cleared of Snow and Ice
On your moving day, clear the driveway and walkways of snow and ice at both ends of the move — at your old home and new home. This reduces the chances of any slips or falls occurring. If any potential slippery spots remain after shoveling, spread sand or rock salt over the areas to eliminate them.
Double Check Utilities are Turned On
The last thing anyone wants is to get to a new home and be without heat, electricity, or water when temperatures are cold. So if you don’t have access to your new place, check with your realtor or property manager to make sure all utilities are on and functioning for your arrival.
Pro-tip: Turn the heat down in the place you’re vacating since doors will be open all day, and you can avoid wasting heat.
Pack Belongings in Weatherproof Containers
Cardboard moving boxes are common moving materials, but you might want to consider using plastic or weatherproof containers for a winter move. Then, in the event of rain or snow, your boxes won’t become overly damp. Also, ask your mover about any precautions taken to safeguard electronics or other cold-sensitive items in wintry weather for long-distance moves.
Protect Home’s Entryways and Floors
Mud, water, salt, and other debris will inevitably be tracked into a home during a move. Take preventative action to protect a home’s entryways and floors by laying down tarp or cardboard to keep debris from damaging or soaking your floors, mainly hardwood and carpets. Keep an accessible small cleaning kit available for quick mops or spot removals.
Label Winter Essentials
In the winter, there are belongings you’ll want to have handy to tote along with your first-night bin. Be sure to mark these clearly and position them to be unloaded first. These containers should include warm clothing, blankets, coats, gloves, hats, boots, and scarves.
Moving Made Easy
Winter is an excellent time to hire professional movers because they have the experience and know-how to expediently get the job done while keeping people and possessions safe before, during, and after transport. To obtain a free quote, contact us today!