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Tips For Moving In Winter

Jan 14, 2021

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Make Moving In Winter Easier With These 9 Tips

Moving all your stuff from one home to another is a challenge any time of the year.

But in the winter snow, slush, ice, and freezing cold temperatures can turn a headache of a job into a full-blown migraine. Here are a few things you can do to keep in mind and plan ahead on so you don't find yourself out in the cold while moving your stuff.

GET READY TO BE FLEXIBLE

You already know that the weather can change around here in a matter of minutes, so why should it be any different when you're trying to move? If things take a turn for the worse outdoors, have a backup plan to wait it out.

PACK IN ADVANCE

Yes, it's easier to put off packing and waiting until the last minute to pack up all the things in your home before a move. And yes, maybe actually packing them up with make the move seem WAY too real to you. But when you pack early and get yourself prepped for the move, you're going to be able to give yourself more room to be flexible (and ease a little stress) should Mother Nature turn against you.

PREP YOUR HOME FOR THE WINTER

Before the big move, make sure you've got the proper snow and ice removal tools ready to go both at your current home and at your new home. The last thing you're going to want to do is make a trip to the hardware store for ice melt and a shovel while the back of your four-door sedan is packed full of your pictures, dishes, and towels. You may be tracking a lot of salt and snow into your home from outside, so make sure to cover your floors and carpets to prevent any damage.

BOARD YOUR PETS

You're not going to be the only one stressed out during your move. If you have pets it's best to plan to have them board with a friend, family member or at another facility. You're going to be going in and out quite a bit on moving day, and the last thing you'll want to worry about is if Fluffy or Fido is bolting outside between your legs and getting lost in the cold and snow.

TAKE EXTRA CARE OF YOUR ELECTRONICS

Electronic equipment hates extremes - either hot or cold. Make sure that you're packing your electronics separately and keeping them at as close to a neutral temperature as possible. Keep them with you in your vehicle as you travel so you can ensure they don't get left outside overnight.

PREP YOUR VEHICLE FOR THE WINTER

You're going to be spending a lot of time in your vehicle running between locations, so make sure that it's up to the challenge. Winterize your car by checking all the fluids, checking the air pressure in the tires (the spare, too), putting some kitty litter in the car (for any unfortunate slide-offs), and make sure you've got a spare warm blanket in case you get stuck in a snow drift.

PLAN EXTRA TIME

Planning is the key to surviving a move during the winter. You don't want to be forced to have to get all your things out and into a new home under a tight deadline. The more things you can do to give yourself extra time to get things moved from place-to-place, the less stressed you'll be.

CHECK THE WEATHER

This may seem like a no-brainer, but you should be checking the weather the entire week leading up to moving day. If it's looking like a bad snowstorm is inevitable, you'll want to call your movers (or your friends and family who volunteered to help) as soon as possible to reschedule your move.

SHOW SOME LOVE TO YOUR MOVERS

Whether you're hiring professionals or calling in favors from your family and friends, make sure that you're taking care of the folks who are helping you move. Put on a pot of hot coffee or make some hot cocoa. Have a warm and dry spot ready for them to recoup some energy during a break. If they're professionals, tip a little extra for having to deal with the weather. If they're your friends, tip a little bit extra with the pizza and cheese sticks.

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