5 Best Practices for Moving in Winter
How many times have you moved in the middle of winter? Even once is something you never want to relive.
Movers are falling all over the place, your furniture is getting damaged, traffic is delaying everything, and the floors are really dirty. It is one of the worst days of your life – and it only gets worse.
Is there any special trick to surviving moving day in the winter? Well, there are some measures you can employ to minimize the pain and agony of moving in February.
Ready? Here are five tips for moving your belongings in the winter:
1. Clear the Paths for Movers
Between November and March (sometimes heading into April), we are slipping and sliding all over the place. You can’t move 10 steps without nearly falling and breaking your neck.
Now, imagine this when you’re carrying a five-seat sofa or a glass dining room table?
Yeah, we thought so.
Before your movers arrive to your destination, be sure that you clear the paths so they can travel back and forth without any difficult. This could entail everything from shoveling the snow to dropping salt on the ground. If you do this, then there’s a reduce chance of damaging your items and hurting the movers.
2. Place Mats on the Floors
Whether it’s your old place or your new abode, your floors can be quite dirty when you have movers in their snow-filled shoes walking around your home (you can’t have your movers take off their boots every time they walk into the premise).
So, the simple solution is this: place mats on the floors.
By doing this, you not only keep the floors clean, you also prevent movers from slipping.
3. Verify the Move with Your Movers
It is true that winter is usually an offseason for movers. However, if your city is being battered and beaten with several inches of snow, then there is a good chance your appointment could be canceled.
Ultimately, you should contact your moving company and confirm your appointment both a week and a day in advance. This removes any doubt that they will not be coming to your rescue on the big day.
Remember, if there is a blizzard, then you probably cannot move.
4. Shield Your Items from Mother Nature
A lot of customers make the mistake of not shielding their items from the harsh elements of mother nature, especially in the winter. They do not cover their sofas, they do not wrap up their chests, and they do not prevent the cold temperatures from affecting their electronics.
Since you’re not a professional mover, it can be understandable if you fail to perform these bits.
So, what’s the solution? Here are a few tips:
- Double pack your more fragile items.
- Load the more fragile stuff into the loading van first.
- Wrap your furniture pieces in blankets.
- Use stretch wrap for things like sofas, chairs, and chests.
- Check the utilities in your new place to ensure the heat is on.
If the snow is coming down, you can be confident that your possessions will not get damaged.
5. Be Flexible with Times
When snow falls, everything comes to a grinding halt. That’s just the way it is when Old Man Winter becomes that unwanted house guests. Cars slow down, public transit experiences delays, and bystanders are still being reckless on the streets.
In other words, it is important that you are flexible with times in the winter on moving day – likewise for the moving company, too.
You need to be understanding if the movers arrive to your place 30 minutes late. You need to be prepared to get to your new destination late. You need to get ready for a lot of traffic.
Simply put: You must be flexible with the times. It can be hard on such a frustrating day, but you need to do your best. Is that too much to ask?
No one will ever argue the fact that moving from point A to point B in the summer is hard enough. Now, try to imagine moving a four-bedroom house in the middle of January in subzero temperatures!
Unfortunately, this is the case for so many people. It is immensely difficult for both the customer and the mover. What you need to employ is a case of patience. If you do this, you can survive moving day in the winter. Are you ready?