From slippery walkways, snow-filled roads and freezing cold temperatures, there is no denying that moving in the wintry weather can be inherently treacherous.
To make relocating during this time easier, we’ve teamed up with FlatRate Moving, the nationwide leader in the moving and storage industry. They gave us six tips and tricks to ensure your cold weather move is a success!
1. Pack items as usual with one exception…
Make sure any temperature sensitive items (plants, anything that can freeze, etc.) are well protected and kept from exposure. Most trucks are not temperature controlled so special care and thought should be given to protecting these items in transport if they will be in transit for long periods.
2. Dress appropriately
You’ll be back and forth, in and out of cold weather, and probably breaking a sweat regardless. Wear layers that can be easily added or removed as your temperature fluctuates throughout the day.
3. Prepare for the elements
Icy sidewalks and steps, poor driving conditions and the elements in general can make moving a box across the street a challenging adventure. Be prepared with the proper attire and footwear, or even rock salt and sand to cover icy areas. And don’t forget to put down mats by the door of your home to help reduce the dirt and snow tracked in.
4. Monitor and be flexible
Some natural events cannot be avoided – and an unexpected blizzard may force you to reschedule your move. Staying on top of the weather forecasts and staying in communication with your moving company (or moving help) will help you prepare for any last minute changes you might require, including rescheduling a move in advance.
5. Keep warmth within reach
Pack a separate box or bag of cold weather gear – including extra blankets and warm clothing. Make sure to have your car checked if you will be moving long distance so you can avoid any breakdowns in the frigid middle of nowhere. And make sure to contact all the utility companies to ensure you’ll have properly functioning heat and hot water when you arrive at your new home. You don’t want to spend your first night shivering.
6. Pack and organize extra early
The more organized you are, the more efficiently you will complete your move. Why spend more time outside than necessary?