The phrase “moving season” is generally defined by spring and summer moves, with June being the busiest of all months. The reasons for this are clear – people don’t want the hassle of trying to move while their children are still in school, plus the weather is far more pleasant.
If you’re planning a winter move by choice or necessity, you’ll need to know what to expect. Here are seven tips for safely moving during the winter season.
1. Plan a Morning Move
Daylight is limited in the winter months, and it’s far more efficient to move when the sun is still shining. This way, you don’t have to worry about doing heavy lifts where you have limited visibility. If you relocate at night, the potential for trips, slips, and falls increases. Avoid these risks by scheduling your move when the sun rises to maximize daylight.
2. Track Weather Forecasts
Watch the weather forecast in the days before your big moving day. This way, you know what to expect and can proactively plan for wet weather. Then call your mover to ask how things will proceed if a substantial storm is imminent. Often movers have contingency plans, including scheduling an alternative moving day to keep everyone safe.
3. Carefully Store Weather-Sensitive Objects
Some of your belongings, including TVs, computers, and other electronics, may be sensitive to cold weather. Speak to your mover about how these are stored when temperatures are below freezing.
4. Check to Make Sure Utilities Are On
The last thing you’ll want to experience is arriving in the dead of winter at home with no lights or heat. Before moving day, contact the utility companies you’ll be opening accounts with:
- Gas or oil delivery, if needed
Double checking ahead of time ensures you have everything scheduled to be turned on as planned.
5. Clear Driveways and Walkways
If snow has fallen, clear the driveway, walkways, and stairs. Sand and salt any areas where someone can slip, especially if temperatures are below or hovering around freezing or if it has rained or snowed. To reduce stress and save energy, consider hiring a professional to remove and treat these areas.
6. Protect Your Home’s Interior
Mud, water, and salt can negatively impact your home’s interior. So, before furniture and boxes start coming in, lay down a tarp, cardboard, and other protective solutions to help protect your floors, especially if you have hardwood or carpeted areas that can get damaged.
Ready to Plan Your Winter Move?
Moving during winter can be challenging due to shortened daylight hours, frigid temperatures, and overall wetness. Working with a professional mover experienced in winter moves can make your relocation experience less stressful while ensuring your possessions arrive safely. To obtain a quote, contact us today!