Tips for Moving During the Winter

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Moving, at any time, is a long and draining process. There is always a lot to do, up until the moment you are settled into your new home. And there is a constant risk of something going wrong. This is even more apparent during winter. Fortunately, you can avoid most of the risks involved with a winter relocation with a bit of preparation. To help out, we have put together a list of tips for moving during the winter.

Be ready to be flexible

The weather can be pretty unpredictable in winter, so you need to be ready to change things. Because it can be sunny one day and snowy the next, you should watch the weather prognosis. If a storm or snowstorm is predicted for the day of your move, don’t be afraid to change plans. Call your moving company and ask if you can reschedule. This might not always be possible, but since movers generally have a lighter workload in winter, it’s likely there won’t be any problems. Here at J Sutton and Co, we believe that avoiding risks is the best way to prevent issues. As such, staying flexible is very important for a winter move.

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Prepare your home for moving day

Sticking to the theme of risk prevention, before you load anything into a moving truck, mobile storage container, or car, you should do your best to create a safe environment. Paths covered in ice and snow are pretty dangerous when carrying heaving items. Because of this, shoveling away snow is a must. Additionally, you should use a de-icer to ensure the path is free of ice. Because you and your movers will be moving in and out of your home frequently, consider using plastic sheets to protect your floors during the process. If you’re using a storage container, you should do the same inside it as well.

Protect delicate items from the weather

Moving during the winter isn’t only more dangerous for you. It is also more dangerous for your delicate belongings such as dishware, glass, and breakable items in general. All of these should be properly protected during packing. Using blankets to wrap or even double wrap these items is recommended. Most things in your kitchen will probably fall into this category since appliances can be tricky to deal with. We recommend always doing a little more to protect your fragile belongings during a winter move.

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Prepare your car for the move

You can never be too safe during a winter relocation. So, before the moving day comes, have your car serviced to ensure everything is running well. The last thing you want is your car to break down during the move, especially if you’re planning to move long-distance. Additionally, just in case something does happen on the road, be sure to pack some warm clothes, gloves, and blankets in your car rather than with the rest of your belongings. If you end up stranded, you need a way to protect yourself from the cold. Also, bring extra tire chains and ice-scrapers with you. Being overprepared isn’t bad – being ready for anything helps a lot.

Account for extra travel time

Driving in snow and bad weather, in general, tends to slow things down. With that said, it’s essential to plan for extra travel time on moving day. If your movers are meeting you at the destination, keep in contact with the driver. This way, you can let them know if there are any delays or schedule changes. Getting organized during a move is important, and staying organized while the move is ongoing shouldn’t be neglected either. Plan your route in advance and remain flexible if you run into issues on the road.

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Prepare your new home for settling in

Much like with your old home, you should make sure it is safe to unload your belongings into the new one. Head over to your new home and clear the path leading to it from the street. We understand this could be difficult to plan, but it is much better than risking injuries and damage while your things are getting unloaded. Also, be sure to protect the floors in your new home as well. Or, at the least, be ready to clean them as soon as the movers leave.

Brace yourself for moving day

Hopefully, things should go according to plan when moving day comes. However, taking extra steps to make sure you are ready to deal with issues is vital. Pack a box of essentials to keep in your car just in case. Bring some anti-freeze for your car. Then, on moving day itself, wake up early and have a good breakfast. Remember your moving day etiquette and be ready to greet your movers. Don’t relax until you are ready to unpack in your new home.

Closing thoughts

Winter brings a lot of difficulties with it when it comes to moving. The roads aren’t as safe as usual, the weather is unpredictable, and plans tend to change from moment to moment. However, proper preparation can help you avoid most of the risks which come with winter. We hope you found this list of tips for moving during the winter useful, and we wish you luck with your relocation!

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