While not the most ideal season for moving, sometimes you may find yourself in a situation where you have to relocate over the colder months. You could be moving for a new job, you could move due to financial reasons, or maybe you’ve finally found your dream home on the market. Regardless, moving in the winter could, at best, mean bundling up a little more when you move, at worst, it could mean moving all your belongings in snowy and windy conditions.
If you find yourself moving over these winter months, here are four quick tips for the big moving day.
1. Clear the way for your movers
Whether you’re using a moving company or having friends and family over, you’re going to want to make sure you have a clear path both inside and outside of the houses you’re moving into. This obviously means shoveling your driveway, porch, sidewalk, and other paths you plan on taking, but you should also cover interior floors with plastic tarps to protect your carpeting and hardwood floors.
Another tip for keeping a clear path is making sure any pets are with a friend or boarded up, and any kiddos too small to help with the relocation may have more fun with a friend or relative during this big day—as well as keep them out of your way.
2. Check the weather conditions and temperature.
Always, always, always keep an eye on the weather reports. Some conditions will make it impossible to drive a moving vehicle, so be prepared to postpone or move up the move date if needed.
And on the subject of cold temperatures, as much as you’ll hate it at first, turn the heat off the house you’re vacating. People will be in and out all day, and the furnace racing to keep up will do a better job at driving up your heat bill than keeping you warm. A good addition to this is keeping a small space heater in the bathroom with the door closed. We also want to add to make sure the utilities of your new home or apartment are working, that way you won’t be moving into a place colder than you left.
3. Err on the side of caution when it comes to packing.
Freezing temperatures can do some crazy things, like make plastics or glass shatter at a slight pressure or short out electronic components. Be sure to double pack these fragile items and keep them out of the cold as much as possible. Should you be moving your belongings into a short-term stay in a storage unit, the climate control feature is a must.
A climate controlled storage unit in the winter will keep your belongings at a constant temperature within the unit, safe and warm and out of risk from winter-related damages.
If not using a storage unit, it would be best to avoid packing any fragiles and electronics within the moving truck, especially if you know your belongings will be in the truck overnight or longer. Pack these belongings in your personal car, and take them out into a warm place if possible.
4. Keep yourself and your help warm
As tempting as it is to say the work of moving will keep you warm, realistically, you’re going to need gloves and a coat—as well will your helpers. At the least, make sure you have some spare gloves available for movers, as well as a warm drink handy. We recommend keeping a pot of coffee on, take a hot cocoa break, or maybe even make some hot apple cider in a crock pot for people to break and enjoy.
Sometimes we can’t have control over when we have to move, but with the right steps, we can control what we can during the relocation. With these simple tips, you can do your best to ensure a safe, efficient move this winter.