There are many fun activities to engage in during winter but none of them involves packing up your home, carrying heavy boxes on icy walkways or driving a big rental moving truck in adverse weather conditions. The cold winter weather presents quite a challenge to moving. Winter may not be ideal for moving house but there are factors that can force a move during this time, like termination of a property lease, or move to another city for a new job or the sudden need to downsize the home. If the cold temperatures, ice, snow or freezing rain or even the thought of navigating slippery roads isn’t enough to put off homeowners from moving until spring, then here are some tips for dealing with cold weather moving and making it a success.
Get Professional Help
For a successful winter move- consider getting professional assistance as there are far too many challenges for inexperienced relocating experts. Think seriously about the safety of you and your family. Moreover November to February is not peak season for moving companies, so the winter residential moves are significantly cheaper as many movers have lower rates to ensure they get a sufficient number of relocation jobs during the off-peak season and you can enjoy flexibility with scheduling during this period.
Pack Your Items For A Winter Move
Do keep in mind the sub-zero temperature when packing up your home for a move. The inside of a moving truck has no temperature-controlled storage space so it can get extremely cold. Carefully pack household items that are sensitive to extreme temperatures, such as electronic equipment, wooden furniture, antiques, fragile china and more. Cold affects some objects more, making them brittle and breakable. Wrap all sensitive items in additional layers of bubble wrap, thick packing paper or blankets to protect them from the cold. Polystyrene packing peanuts work as a great insulator and they also prevent damage to fragile items. Moving plants in the freezing cold can be too risky for them, so it may be best to leave them behind or find them a new home at your friends. When liquids freeze, they expand and can often break out of their containers. So if you have any appliances that contain freeze-vulnerable liquids, make certain that you drain them out to avoid cleaning a mess later on. For your precious belongings that are especially vulnerable to plummeting temperatures, consider putting them in Neighborhood Self Storage’s climate controlled storage units until the weather warms up.
Keep Your Walkways and Driveways Clear
The cold winter conditions should not be an impediment to you. You can prevent nasty accidents by clearing any fallen snow or formed ice off your driveway and sidewalks. Do ensure that your driveway and walkways are all clear of snow and ice during moving day. Besides shoveling, consider spreading rock salt to de-ice your pathway. If there is snowfall too, blend calcium chloride with your rock salt to help melt the snow and ice. Also clear up a parking area for the moving truck. If you’re moving into a home nearby, then clear the driveway and walkways of the new place before the move to save you time during the hectic move day. You can also ask your agent to check the outside of your new home so that you have no nasty surprises waiting for you.
Protect The Floors Of High Traffic Areas In Your Home
During the move, there are a lot of people coming in and out of your home, which can really mess up the floors and carpets of your soon-to-be old place. Moreover slippery staircases and floors are a huge safety risk. You can protect the inside space of your house or apartment from snow, sleet, water and sand covered boots by laying protective sheets made of polyethylene on the carpeted or hardwood floor.. Alternatively you can also cut out large pieces of thick heavy cardboard for the heavy traffic areas, and secure them with tape. Keep plenty of towels at hand, as winter moving can be a messy business.
Watch The Weather
Keep an eye out on the climatic conditions, especially if you have any flexibility in your moving date, and plan your schedule accordingly when the conditions are mild and there is no falling snow or formed ice to deal with. You must be prepared for the worst conditions and avoid taking unnecessary risks when moving in the middle of winter. Anticipate weather challenges and have a back-up plan to adapt to dangerous conditions. Speak to your movers about rescheduling your winter move if conditions get worse.
Give Yourself Plenty Of Time
Start as early as possible on the day of the move because working in cold weather uses up more time and energy. And you will need the extra hours of daylight when you get out onto the road. Also, wear appropriate winter clothing to keep warm and protect your upper and lower limbs against the cold by wearing warm work gloves and comfortable winter shoes. Don’t pack all your winter clothes and tools because you may end up having to dig through boxes to find warm mittens or a shovel. Stay safe and stay alert during the move.
If you have belongings that you do not want to take with you to your new home, immediately, consider using self storage to store them. It may be wiser to put sensitive items in climate-controlled storage and then move them when the weather’s warm in order to avoid damaging them. and move those items into your new home after the winter. This will save you from the hassle of transporting all of your belongings in the freezing weather. We offer affordable, monthly leases on storage units, so consider using the services of Neighborhood Self Storage for your storage needs! We can help make the moving experience more convenient, hassle-free and affordable.