Most residential moves occur in the summer months; however, sometimes, moving in winter is necessary. A winter move can pose some challenges, but you can conquer those challenges with proper planning.
Here are tips for a successful winter move.
Discuss Weather Options With Your Mover
Discuss the possibility of inclement weather and rescheduling policies with your mover ahead of time. Watch the weather forecast as moving day nears, and check-in with your mover a few days before the move. A delay is generally better than driving on icy roads.
Prepare Your New Home for the Move
First, ensure all your utilities are fully functioning in your new home. You don’t want to be in your new home in cold weather with no heat or light!
Next, make sure all the driveways, streets, and sidewalks are clear of snow and ice. Rock salt is one option; pet-friendly and environmentally friendly heating and deicing sprays are other options. Shoveling and snow blowing are alternative ways to clear the ice and snow.
Protect floors and carpets at your new home by laying down plastic sheeting. Place floor mats at all entrances.
If you’re moving a long distance and can’t check to be sure your home is ready for the move, ask a real estate agent or property manager to do so.
Clear the Paths at Your Current Home
You’ll want to ensure a safe moving environment at your current home, as well. Make sure sidewalks, streets, and driveways at your current home also are free of ice and snow.
Check the snowplow schedule to ensure you don’t clear off the street in front of your home only to have the plow dump a huge load of snow just before the movers arrive.
Service Your Car
Make sure your car is current on all its scheduled maintenance. In addition, be sure you have appropriate winter tires and that your battery is in top condition. Also, check your antifreeze and washer fluid.
Keep Your Winter Gear Accessible
Keep cold-weather essentials in your car with you. Essential winter items include several extra pairs of gloves and socks, an extra hat, a blanket or quilt, a flashlight, and snow boots. Also, keep water and nonperishable healthy snacks in case you are stranded. A shovel and traction agent, such as sand or kitty litter, are essential for helping you navigate out of snow banks or icy spots.
Protect Your Belongings
Many fragile items break more easily in cold weather. Using extra packing material will help protect them—mark boxes as fragile with large black letters. Movers will want to load them last and unload them first to minimize their exposure in freezing weather.
Electronics dislike the cold. Take electronic devices in the car with you to maintain a steady temperature.
Ready for a Winter Move
Professional movers can facilitate a smooth relocation in many weather conditions — including snow. If you are preparing for your upcoming relocation, contact us for a free quote.