10 Important Thoughts About Moving in Colder Months
Winter is coming and some prefer to stay huddled up under blankets at home, while others are preparing to move into a new one. A winter moving experience may sound, at first, like an idea full of stress and discomfort, but these 10 tips below will help warm you up to the idea.
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- Get Started Early
The sun sets earlier in the fall and winter, which means fewer daylight hours during your move. Consider getting started packing and unpacking vehicles earlier in the day to take the most advantage of the daytime hours. This will allow you to stay safer, by not going outside when it’s slippery and dark.
- Hire a Professional
Hiring a professional to assist can be especially smart when you’re moving during the winter months. A professional mover will be better able to drive the truck in the cold weather conditions while staying safe and keeping your packed possessions safe as well.
- Keep Your Walkways Free of Snow and Ice
The last thing that you want to worry about is slipping while carrying a box full of your best China. Walking on slick walkways is dangerous enough as it is, and it becomes even more dangerous when you’re carrying heavy boxes. You may even want to consider hiring someone to scrape at your new home so that you won’t arrive to hazardous conditions.
- Dress in Layers
While you’re packing and transporting items from your home to the moving truck, consider wearing layers of clothing instead of a big and bulky coat. Dressing in layers will help you stay warm without being as bulky. You will have the benefit of staying warm and controlling your sweating by removing layers if you get hot while you’re packing.
- Prep Your Car
You will likely have a moving truck, but perhaps your car will be making the trip to your new destination as well. Make sure that it’s ready for the trip by checking the tread and air pressure in the tires.
- Keep Your Winter Supplies in the Car
You might need your various winter supplies, such as your windshield scraper or your mittens, so don’t pack them away in boxes. Instead, consider tossing all of your winter supplies into one storage container or laundry basket and keeping them in your car.
- Watch the Weather
In the days before your move, keep an eye on the weather reports. You may need to be flexible about changing your plans if there is particularly bad weather coming your way.
- Keep Something Warm to Drink
You and your moving crew will probably be craving warm drinks while moving in the cold weather. Consider packing your coffee maker and supplies last and/or keeping a batch of hot cocoa or apple cider with disposable coffee cups on hand.
- Take Precautions in the House
Boots and shoes will likely bring dirt, mud, leaves, ice and snow into your old house and your new one while moving. Consider investing in carpet remnants to throw down in a path through each house. If you have extra cardboard boxes lying around, you can also open and lay them flat on the floor. This will help control some of the mess and provide some traction for you, your family and your moving crew.
- Protect Your Possessions
Cold weather can lead to damage to your possessions if you aren’t careful. Extreme temperatures can damage more items than you probably think. For example, even your plates and glasses can crack when they are exposed to extreme temperatures, so take precautions to move these items quickly and avoid long stints outside.
If you and your family need to relocate now, luckily, your cold weather move go a lot more smoothly if you follow these moving prep tips. In no time, you’ll be able to snuggle up in the warmth and coziness of your new home.
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