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    5 Tips for Surviving a Winter Move

    Snow, ice, sub-zero temperatures, all concerns for a winter move.  Winter may sound like the worst time to plan a move, but with a little organization, it may offer some unexpected advantages.  As Castlegar’s premier movers, we would like to offer you the following tips on how to survive a winter move.

    Clear the Snow

    This may seem like common sense, but it is important that you have all the snow and ice cleared on your driveway, sidewalk and any other pathway that you will be using during the move.  Snow and ice are not only a safety concern, they will also slow down the progress of your move and make it very cumbersome.

    Here’s the Deal:

    Sometimes shoveling is not enough as it may only expose a layer of treacherous ice.  In this case, use salt to remove the ice.

    Protect Your Floors

    You do not want to track melted snow and debris all over your floors.  Make sure that you properly protect them in both your old and new homes to limit any clean up or damage.  Large pieces of cardboard are an excellent way to not only provide protection, but also to provide traction to your floors.  Make sure to remove any rugs or mats before laying down cardboard to prevent any slipping.

    Start Early

    It is important to start your moving day early.  The days are far shorter in the winter and you do not want to be moving in the dark.  It is also warmer during the day, which will make a huge difference especially in the winter months.  An early start will also allow ample time for any unexpected problems that are a result of bad or cold weather.  Make sure to plan accordingly.

    Dress Appropriately

    Make sure that you are properly dressed for the weather and have not packed away some of your winter essentials.  This includes:

    • Gloves, scarf and hat, preferable a toque.
    • Winter boots with good traction.
    • Extra layers as you will be going from indoors to outdoors quite regularly.
    • A warm, winter jacket, but not too bulky or cumbersome.

    Hook up Utilities

    Before moving into your new home, make sure that you have hooked up all of your utilities and they are working.  You will want electricity, heat and hot water all in working order when you move in.  This often overlooked tip can be a costly moving mistake or disaster, especially if you are moving in sub-zero temperatures or if you have to finish the move in the dark.  A little planning can go a long way.

    These simple moving tips can make your winter move a snap.  If you would like any more information about moving in the winter or are interested in the many moving services we offer, please contact us today.  We would love to be a part of your next winter moving experience.  We look forward to working with you soon.