Moving during the winter time has its obstacles. The weather is harsh with rain, wind, snow, even ice which can make your move more dangerous and stressful. At On The Move Moving and Storage, we understand and are here to help make your move as stress-free as possible.
Even if you aren’t choosing to use a moving company this move, we still want to give you some tips. In this blog, we will be sharing some of our best pointers for you if you are planning on moving this winter.
#1 Watch The Weather Beforehand
The weather can sometimes be a little unpredictable, especially here in Middle Tennessee. Last minute weather changes can really throw a wrench in your plans for moving. If it’s in the winter time, a last minute change in the weather could mean snow or ice which make your move difficult if you’re doing it on your own.
Depending on where you currently live and where you are moving to, if it’s a more rural area, there likely won’t be anyone out salting the roads for your convenience. This could be crucial and even life threatening if you are planning on using moving trucks. You definitely don’t want to be putting anyone’s life in danger in the process of moving your belongings to your new home.
On the other hand, if you live in a more suburban area, closer to a city, even though it’s still considered a threat or hassle you will more than likely have salted roads and/or snow plows in the chance that you see heavy snow during your move. If you are planning on moving in the winter time, you should consider keeping a snow plow schedule on hand at all times.
#2 Make Sure Your Belongings Are Kept Safe
Depending on the belongings that you are planning on moving, extreme shifts in the weather and temperature can really effect your furniture and appliances. Think about it… If it is snowing or sleeting during your move, you will want to be bundled up and protected from the weather. The same goes for your belongings. If you can see that snow or icy rain is expected the day of your big move, prepare by buying some sheets, blankets, and wrappings for your furniture. Some examples of specific furniture pieces that you will need to be mindful of making sure gets covered include: antique dressers with special finishings, couches, upholstered living or dining room chairs, etc.
#3 Watch For Wet Floors
There’s *probably* not any wet floor signs that will be lying around your house to protect you from slipping and hurting yourself during your winter move. If it is snowing and wet outside, you can expect to be tracking in lots of water and mud into your new home. By mindful of this as you are loading and unloading your belongings.
If possible, lay down plenty of towels, sheets, or thicker sheets of paper throughout your home to not only protect your floors but also lessen the chance of you slipping and hurting yourself.
You want to try to move your vehicle or moving truck up as close as possible to your entrance to help not track as much dirt and water inside, but you more than likely will still see some traces if you are moving in a icy rain or snow storm.
#4 Prepare The Way
While you’ve been boxing up and cleaning up the inside, don’t neglect the outside if you are moving in a snow storm. Before you start loading up the trucks, take a shovel or snow scoop and prepare the sidewalks and walkways between your home and the vehicle. Sweep as much snow as you can off of the walkways and then put down some de-icing salt, making sure that the surfaces will thaw and won’t freeze back over again.
Give Us A Call
After reading this article, you are probably realizing how tricky moving in the winter can be. That’s why we are here to help and make your move as stress-free as possible for you. Give On The Move Murfreesboro a call to schedule your consultation.