Winter Moving Tips: Be Prepared For Any Type of Weather
Regardless of what season you decide to move in, you are sure to face challenges. Unfortunately, if you have to move in the winter, many of these challenges are compounded; however, with a little planning, flexibility and patience you should be able to enjoy a seamless and stress-free move. As the premier mover’s in Nelson, we would like to offer you the following winter moving tips.
One of the complications of a winter move is of course the unpredictable weather. A snow storm can bring about a whole new set of challenges that will further complicate your move. Frigid weather can be another challenge and can make the move very unpleasant. Unfortunately, there is usually little flexibility in a move as there are deadlines, but by being prepared for the winter weather, you should be able to lessen its effects on moving day.
Prior to moving day or on moving day, make sure to do the following to ensure a safe and efficient move:
- Shovel a path from your door to the moving van. You may need to do this a number of times if it is snowing heavily that day.
- Salt the walkways, driveways and sidewalks to remove any ice to ensure a safe, non-slippery pathway.
- Have tarps on hand to cover boxes to prevent snow accumulation.
- Lie down spare plastic or sheets on the entrance ways and hallways of your old and new home to limit the amount of post-move clean-up.
Another challenge of moving in the winter is the lack of daylight. The days are shorter in the winter, so you will need to get an early start on moving day to avoid working in the dark. Moving in the dark is not only difficult, it can also be dangerous. By taking advantage of the entire day, you are also taking advantage of the warmer hours of the day.
Winter weather should also influence how you pack your belongings. Snow melts and the water that is left will damage boxes or the items in boxes. Try not to over pack boxes because of the added challenges of moving – heavy boxes can be cumbersome with gloves and slippery sidewalks.
Frigid weather makes breakable items more brittle. Make sure to properly wrap and protect all breakable items, so you are not left with a box full of broken glass.
It is important to dress in layers for a winter move. You will want the ability to be able to shed layers, so that you do not overheat or get too cold. You will be going from and indoor climate to an outdoor climate many times that day. Dress appropriately.
Besides dressing in layers, make sure that you have a winter jacket, gloves and a hat or toque that is easily accessible. You want to be comfortable and warm for prolonged periods of being outside.
With the right planning and a little foresight, winter can be a great season to move. If you would like more information on how to move in the winter, please contact us today. We offer competitive rates and are a professional moving company that strives for customer satisfaction.