Tips for Moving in Winter


December 6th, 2023

Moving in winter can present some unique challenges due to the weather conditions. Here are some tips to make the process easier:
  1. Plan Ahead: Check the weather forecast and plan your moving day accordingly. Try to pick a day with the mildest weather possible.
  2. Dress Appropriately: Layer up with warm, waterproof clothing, gloves, hats, and sturdy, waterproof boots to stay comfortable and dry.
  3. Prepare the Pathways: Clear snow, ice, and debris from driveways, walkways, and entrances at both your old and new home. Spread salt or ice melt to prevent slips and falls.
  4. Protect Your Belongings: Use sturdy, waterproof packing materials to protect your items from moisture. Plastic bins or heavy-duty plastic bags can be more resistant to snow and moisture than cardboard boxes.
  5. Wrap Furniture: Cover your furniture with blankets or plastic wrap to shield it from snow, moisture, and damage during transport.
  6. Keep Essentials Accessible: Pack a separate box or bag with essentials like warm clothes, snacks, toiletries, and important documents. Keep it easily accessible during the move.
  7. Utility Preparation: Make sure utilities are turned on at your new place before you move in, so you have a warm environment immediately upon arrival.
  8. Hire Professionals: Consider hiring professional movers experienced in winter conditions. They'll have the necessary equipment and expertise to handle the challenges.
  9. Use Proper Equipment: If you're moving on your own, ensure you have the right equipment for snow removal, like shovels and snowblowers, to clear paths and driveways.
  10. Take Breaks: Moving in winter can be physically demanding, especially in cold weather. Take breaks indoors to warm up and stay hydrated.
  11. Protect Yourself: Be cautious of slippery surfaces to avoid accidents. Take your time and prioritize safety over rushing through the process.
  12. Backup Plan: Have a backup plan in case weather conditions worsen unexpectedly. Be flexible with your moving date if needed.
  13. Use Storage: Rent a storage unit to store nonessencial items to move when the weather is more accomidating.
By preparing well in advance and taking precautions for the weather, you can make your winter move smoother and less stressful.

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