Moving is a stressful process regardless of the time of the year, but moving during the cold, winter months is an even tougher challenge, and calls for even greater attention to detail. As the “Movers Who Care®”, we are here to help, and our years of moving experience – including winter moves – have helped us figured out the best techniques.
Take a look at our top 10 moving tips, and take the stress out of your winter move!
1. Be sure the moving area is properly lit
If there’s one thing we all know about the winter, it’s that daylight is limited, and you are racing against the clock if you don’t start your day early. Making sure the outside areas of your home have proper lighting is crucial to a good move, because you don’t want movers navigating through the dark with your belongings.
2. Check that floors are protected
Winter usually means snow, and snow usually means messy feet when walking in and out of your home. For safety reasons, our movers are not permitted to take their shoes off while moving. If you’re completing the move yourself, you won’t want to take your shoes on and off each time you come and go from the house. It’s important to cover your floors with old sheets or tarps to avoid any tracking of snow or mud into the house. Many moving companies will provide floor runners for moves, and you can always ask if there are any available for purchase during your move.
3. Bundle up!
If you are doing the moving yourself, you’re going to want to make sure you’re properly covered while working in the harsh conditions. Using multiple layers of clothing is key, because you can always remove a layer of warmth if needed.
4. Plan ahead with utilities
Arguably one of the most important winter moving tips, it’s important to ensure the utilities at your new destination are ready to go when you move in. Arriving with no heat or electricity would be devastating.
5. Prevent slipping and sliding
Always keep a towel or cloth handy to wipe away snow and dirt that could get tracked in. This will not only keep the house clean, but will also prevent anyone from unexpectedly slipping and falling.
6. Keep a clear path
Another crucial moving tip, it’s important to make sure there is a clear path from the house to the vehicle being loaded. This keeps everything moving slowly, and stops anyone from having to walk through a big pile of snow. Many moving companies charge by the hour, so if a driveway is not shoveled or salted, the movers may need to clear it, taking more time away from your move.
7. Have emergency supplies handy
A nasty winter storm can create unwanted road conditions, and unwanted road conditions can lead to a car or moving vehicle getting stuck. Make sure that in the unlikely scenario this happens, you have emergency materials handy in your vehicle.
8. Keep an eye on the weather
For anyone who lives in a state that experiences winter weather, you are well aware of how quickly the weather can go from normal to treacherous. Use your phone, the TV, or radio to keep an eye on any upcoming weather changes in your area so you’re prepared for any sudden storms.
9. Find a safe place for household plants
If you have any plants in your home, make sure you have a plan to transport them to your new destination. The back of a moving truck is a bad location and many moving companies, including TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, will not move plants – pack them in your personal vehicle to ensure their safety and longevity.
10. Hire professional help
Many people want to tackle these difficult moves themselves, but hiring a professional moving company with thousands of hours of experience might be the safest and most efficient move. At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, we have uniformed and experience movers that can handle any moving situation with a continued level of professionalism, and we are able to cater to a wide range of customer needs. Contact TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® today to begin planning your move.