Moving at any time of the year can have its challenges, but it can be even more difficult during the winter. That’s why we’re providing a list of recommendations for moving in the colder months to make your experience as smooth as possible.
Here are our best winter moving tips:
1. Have a back up plan
With winter weather comes a lot of unpredictability, so having a few back up plans in place is important!
Consider creating a contingency plan that covers certain unexpected situations like if your moving truck can’t pick up your items on time. By having these plans in place, you can be more prepared for various scenarios.
2. Protect your items from the weather
Items such as dishes, electronics and anything made of glass are particularly affected by cold temperatures which can cause them to crack or break. Add extra wrapping to these items and minimize the amount of time they spend out in the cold.
Pack these items in the moving vehicle last. Once you’ve arrived at your new home, bring these items inside first.
3. Prepare your car
When you’re in the midst of moving, you’ll likely be using your car a lot more than usual. Prepare your car for the colder seasons with winter tires, an ice scraper and extra blankets.
4. Clear any walkways and driveways
This is one of the most important things you can do! Clear any snow or ice off the walkway and driveway of your old home and do the same at your new home. This will keep everyone safe and prevent any accidental slips and falls.
5. Cover your floors
Snow and water can get into your home while movers and other people are in and out during the moving process. Keeping the floor clean and clear of any wetness will help to make sure the floors aren’t slippery.
You can also add temporary plastic covers to the floor during your move. Many moving companies offer floor coverings as part of their service, so be sure to ask about it when contacting movers for quotes.
6. Plan for extra travel time
We know that with the unpredictable weather, the roads will also be unpredictable. Make sure you are allocating extra travel time to any of your moving tasks just in case of bad weather.
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