Most residential moves occur between May and October, but winter moves do happen. When they do, there are some special considerations people will need to take into account to complete the move successfully and efficiently.
Here are some best practices to know whilst moving in the winter:
- Regularly check the weather: If you live in an area that could see snow or ice, make sure you regularly check the weather to make sure your move will not be affected. If it’s looking like the weather is going to be really bad, you can always reschedule your move.
- Communicate with your movers: Make sure you check in with your movers in advance, especially if there’s a possibility for some winter weather. This will ensure everyone is on the same page and ready to go.
- Get sitters involved: If you have children or pets, hire someone to watch them for the day, if possible, and if the move isn’t too long Moving with children and animals is always hard, but it’s especially difficult in the winter when you might have to move boxes while dealing with snow and ice.
- Be proactive with utility transfers: This is always a step you’re going to need to take when moving, but it’s especially important to be on top of it during the winter, so you don’t have to worry about being without heat or electricity when you arrive at your new place. That would be extremely unsafe—or at least uncomfortable.
- Spread out the move: If possible, start moving early, and spread out the move as much as possible. Keep in mind that you’re going to be dealing with shorter days and colder weather, so it will be both easier and more comfortable to accomplish the entire move while it’s still light out. If you have the ability to do so, spreading the move out can help a lot and reduce some stress by not having to get everything done all at once.
- Make sure your car is ready: Perform whatever maintenance you need to do on your car to make sure it’s ready for winter weather. Prepare your driveway and sidewalk as well, salting the pavement to make sure it’s safe for when you’re carrying items back and forth to your vehicle.
- Dress in layers: Wear easily removable layers on the day of the move. You’re likely to build up a sweat and get uncomfortable, and you’re also likely to be quite warm once you are spending a significant amount of your time inside.
- Protect items susceptible to the cold: Fragile items are even more prone to breaking in the cold, so make sure you wrap them up well with bubble wrap. Consider wrapping electronics in a tarp or blankets, as they also do not respond well to the cold.
For more tips for moving during the winter season, contact the team at A Mobile Box today, and we’ll be happy to give you our recommendations.
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