Moving during wintertime introduces a host of new obstacles you might not encounter while moving in the warmer months – cold wind, ice, snow, additional expenses.
The most we could do here at On the Move Moving and Storage is take care of the whole ordeal for you. But if you’re not ready for that, the least we could do is give you some pointers.
We’ve been doing this a long time and we’re here to help you get to your next home, with or without us.
Keep an Eye on the Weather
Planning your move around the weather can be a little tricky. Weather patterns can change almost without warning, for better or for worse. But depending on your location, it’s crucial.
If you’re in a more rural area, there likely not be any salt trucks coming down your way. If the roads are icy, the moving truck will have a heck of a time reaching your front door. Worse yet, you risk your life sliding off an icy road in the back of a truck.
In a suburban or metro area, this is less of a concern, but the weather still needs to be factored. Snow plow schedules are good to have handy if you live in the city.
Protect Your Belongings
Sleet and icy rain will put a damper on your moving effort quick. Not only will you be uncomfortable, but your furniture won’t appreciate the added exposure to the elements.
If it is actively raining or snowing, have extra sheets and blankets available to drape over your delicate loads as you are hauling them to the truck. This will save you from have to refinish that antique dresser or drying off the upholstery on your dining room chairs.
Protect Your Floors
It seems like everything is always wet in the winter. That water and mud will be tracked through your entire home if you don’t lay down thick paper, sheets, or old towels to protect your floor.
Moving the truck or container as close to the front door will help, but you and your help will still track in dirt no matter how careful you are.
Ready the Walkways
You readied the inside, now it’s time for the sidewalks and driveway. Shovel or sweep away any loose snow and put down de-icing salt. This will ensure your paved surfaces thaw and don’t freeze over again.
Also, move your vehicles out of the way to give better access to park the moving truck or drop the container.
Don’t Pack Your Winter Gear!
It seems obvious since it is winter, and your sweaters and gloves are in full rotation now. But if are in the middle of moving you need and extra pair of gloves because yours got wet, you’re out of luck if they’re packed away.