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Tips for Moving in Winter

Moving in the winter isn't necessarily ideal, but sometimes winter is your only option. Here are some tips to make your winter household relocation go more smoothly.

Watch the Weather

Moving dates are typically scheduled several weeks in advance. You can check the long-range weather forecast. As the moving date approaches, you'll want to check the weather. Professional movers can still relocate you in unfavorable conditions, but if the state declares an emergency, they'll reschedule the move.

If you are moving a long distance, check the weather conditions at your new home, as well.

Clear the Path

Ensure the movers have a clear path into and out of your home. Clear sidewalks and driveways and use sand or salt. Avoid parking your car or van on snow emergency routes. If you're moving to a city, you can reserve a parking spot ahead of time.

Start Early

Bad weather slows the process, and winter has short days. Get an early start to finish the move before darkness (and even greater cold) sets in. Be flexible and avoid anxiety if tasks require longer than you expected.

Turn On Utilities at Your New Home

On your moving day, you'll need the heat and other utilities at your new and old homes. The safest option is to turn utilities on at your new home at least two days before you need them and to leave them on at your old home two days past the time you expect to move. You'll be better off paying for overlapping dates than freezing yourself and your pipes.

Keep Winter Gear Handy

Keep a warm coat with a hood, gloves, hats, and boots handy rather than packing them in boxes. Also, keep your car's spare winter gear, including warm socks, in case your gear gets wet.

Cover Your Floors

Keep sheets, towels, and a tarp handy to protect your floors and carpets in case rain, sleet, or snow begin falling. You can wash them at the end of the day. A professional moving company generally will come prepared to cover your floors in lousy weather, so coordinate with them.

Keep Children and Pets Warm

Find a babysitter or pet sitter for moving day. Ensure children and pets have a warm place to play during the move.

Winterize Your Car

Be sure your car is ready for the winter weather. Check the tire tread and cooling system, top off fluids, and have your battery tested.

Pack an Emergency Kit

Be sure the vehicle you'll be traveling in has a winter emergency kit. The kit might include the following:

  • Blankets

  • Ice scraper and snow brush

  • Flashlight

  • Bottled water and snacks

  • Road flares

  • Sand or non-clumping cat litter

  • Salt for de-icing

Hire a Professional Mover

A professional mover can handle moving tasks in inclement weather, including driving large trucks on snowy roads. Potential advantages of moving in winter are that prices are sometimes lower and moving dates are more flexible. Contact us today.