Although we are a lot busier in the spring and summer, some people do need to move in the middle of winter. With all that ice and snow on the ground, moving day can sometimes end up being a wet and miserable experience. Not to mention the dangers of slipping and falling when carrying boxes and heavy furniture back and forth from the moving truck.
As long as you take a few simple precautions, your winter move should go off without a hitch. Here are some things to keep in mind:
Always have a back up plan. Keep up to date on the local weather conditions from different news sources and be prepared to postpone your move if freezing rain or blizzards are expected.
Keep warm. Make sure you have winter weather clothing for your whole family, including winter coats, hats, scarves, gloves and, even snowpants. Pack these in one box that is clearly labelled and keep it close at hand just in case.
Protect your fragile items from the cold. Moving trucks aren’t heated and they can get very cold during the winter. Make sure any cold-sensitive items like electronics are properly packed and protected from the cold.
Slow Down. You definitely don’t want to be rushing on moving day. Over-estimate how long you think you’ll need and go at an easy pace. Slipping and falling can not only cause damage from dropped boxes, but it can cause personal injuries as well.
Protect your floors. You don’t want all that snow, ice and slush to be tracked all over your floors. Moving companies like ours, will provide floor runners for this purpose. Make sure to use them in any room of the house where people will be walking in and out from the cold.
Be Prepared. Put together an emergency kit for your car that includes matches, flashlights, food, bottled water, blankets, etc. Check the pressure in your tires, make sure you have enough gas, and bring along extra shovels and ice scrapers for your windows.
Make sure your home is heated. Don’t turn the heat off at your old home until after your move, and make sure your service is turned on in your new home before your move day. Go to turn on the furnace in your new home a couple hours before your scheduled move time. Not only does it make it more comfortable for everyone, it’s actually better for your wooden furniture as well.
Clear a path. If the driveway is covered in snow, be sure to clear it. You will want to clear a nice big path from where the truck will park to your front door as well. This is not only a safety issue, it will also keep things cleaner and drier.
Although winter moving presents some unique challenges, by following these simple steps you’ll be enjoying your new home, safe and cozy, in no time at all.