Winter is here, and you have to move right in the middle of it! With freezing temps and even the possibility of snow, there are some things that you can do when moving in the winter to make it easier for everyone. Here are ten winter moving tips to make your wintery move as smooth and stress-free as possible!
Keep checking the weather
Weather in the winter can be unpredictable. Because of this, you want to make sure you are checking the weather frequently every week leading up to the move. If the weather becomes a serious concern, including shut down roads or possibly hinder your movers, try calling your moving company and expressing your concern. It’s better to have a delay than get caught in any hazardous weather.
Double pack fragile items
Because of the cold weather, items that are already fragile can become even more delicate. Help prevent any breakage from happening during the move by double packing your fragile items. Also, remember that any items that can be damaged by the cold weather should not be packed in the moving truck. Some of these items may sit for longer in the cold than they need to and could cause more damage than you hoped for.
Check the utilities at the new place
Nothing is worse than having no heat or electricity in the dead of winter. Make sure that all of the utilities are on and working properly at your new home. Try turning on all utilities a day or two before your move to ensure you have a warm new home to move into.
Start moving early
Days are shorter in the winter, so start moving early. It’s important to begin moving early so you can ensure you have as much daylight as possible when moving day arrives.
Be prepared to be flexible
As winter weather can be unpredictable, you need to be ready to adapt to any unforeseen circumstances. In the winter season, you may have to deal with weather like hail, snow, rain, and wind. Be sure to check the weather as early as you can and plan accordingly.
Cover your floors
You and your movers will be coming in and out of your new and old home frequently. Protect your floors from moisture, snow, dirt, and scratches that can happen by covering your floors with a protective plastic cover or a tarp. There are plenty of other things to worry about move-in day than scrubbing dirt out of your carpets after you’ve moved.
Turn the heat off in both places
Think about it: you and your movers will be going in and out all day, and your poor furnace will be left trying to heat the house, and all of this heat will be going straight out your door! Try turning the heat off for the day at both homes to save on that electric bill.
Have sheets, towels, blankets on hand
Having sheets, towels, and blankets on hand can do wonders for move-in day! With unpredictable winter weather, some of your furniture can become damaged from unwanted snow or rain. Sheets, towels, and blankets can be used as protectants to your boxes and furniture. They can also be used to clean up any wintery messes that may occur.
This should go without question but layers, layers, layers! Move-in day, you’ll be outside most of the time, and preparing your attire for the cold weather is essential in staying warm. You may end up taking off a few layers after moving furniture, but after a long day of moving, you’ll be grateful for the extra warmth.
Keep winter essentials with you
When packing, be sure to include an “open immediately” box full of items you’ll need within the first day in your new place. Items like hot tea, cocoa, maybe a kettle or microwave for easy meal making, extra blankets, clothing like dry socks, and toiletries so you can take a hot shower after moving on a cold day.