Most of our customers try to move during warmer months to avoid the discomfort of freezing temperatures. But sometimes, you just have to move in the cold. If you’re facing a winter move, here are 12 tips for cold weather moving.
1. Check the weather
Keep an eye on the forecast to prepare for moving day. If there’s going to be fresh snow, start early because snow slows down every part of moving. For temperatures below freezing, check your car to be sure it starts before loading up.
2. Clear the way
A safe walkway can easily become treacherous with ice. Protect yourself—and your belongings—by taking the time to shovel and salt all walkways. If you do this the night before your move, go out early the day of to make sure everything is still ice free.
3. Get started early
Moving in the dark is difficult. Unfortunately, the sun goes down quickly in winter. Getting an early start will help you maximize these short hours.
4. Turn off the heat
With people coming in and out of your home all day, the heat (and your money) is going to go right out the door. A well-placed space heater provides the warmth you need when placed in an enclosed area like a bedroom or bathroom, while saving on the heating bill.
5. Set up pet play dates
With the heat off and your hands full of heavy items, it’s best to keep pets elsewhere. You don’t want them cold, and you don’t want to trip over them while you’re moving. Board them, set up a play date, or leave them with a friend to make sure both of you are safe.
6. Take extra care wrapping fragile items
Fragile items are even more brittle when exposed to the winter cold. Wrap all fragile items thoroughly to protect them. Blankets are handy for extra protection, adding a layer of warmth and padding. (This is a dependent clause please make it an actual sentence)
7. Keep your electronics warm
Most of your household electronics are not built to withstand cold. Pack all of your electronics together and keep them someplace warm.
8. Dress properly
Dress with more layers than you think you need to. It’s better to be a little warm and remove layers than frozen. Keep a spare pair of gloves available. They can get soaked and make your hands cold and grip weak.
9. Protect the floor
There’s no way to prevent tracking snow inside, but you can still keep your flooring safe. If you have an attached garage, you can unpack in the garage before changing into dry shoes to bring everything inside.
Covering floors and carpet with carpet protectors will also keep things clean and dry.
10. Keep warm essentials nearby
Pack a bag of essentials to combat the cold. Keep blankets and a change of clothing nearby so you can get comfortable and warm before unpacking. Add some hot chocolate packages and mugs to warm up during or after your move.
11. Make sure the utilities at your new home are set up
Moving in winter makes for long days. They are even longer if the heat isn’t set up at your new home. Prior to moving, make sure all utilities are on so you can be comfortable immediately in your new home.
12. Bring in the pros
Save time and energy by hiring professional movers. They are trained to move in any condition and have supplies to add protection to your items and home. It will minimize your time outdoors and allow you to start organizing comfortably inside your home.