Let’s face it—moving is a pain no matter when you do it. But, when you’re stuck dealing with slippery roads, snow flurries, and below-freezing temperatures, moving can be even more challenging.
If you’re planning a move in winter, there are a few things you should be aware of in order to ensure your move is both safe and efficient. So, here are six tips to help your winter move go as smooth as possible!
1. Keep an eye on the weather.
As your move is approaching, you’ll want to keep an eye on the forecast to get an idea of what the weather is looking like on the day of your move. If you see that a large snowstorm or blizzard is approaching for your move day, you might want to consider rearranging your schedule or even pushing your move back. If nothing else, ensure that you keep an emergency kit in your vehicle so that you’re prepared for anything that might come your way!
2. Be conscious of what you’re packing.
It can be easy to get into the packing zone, and then not even realize what items your boxing up. You’re going to need some of your winter necessities, so make sure you don’t pack all of them! Leave out a hat, a pair of gloves, and your boots so that you can dress in warm and comfortable layers on move day. You’ll also want to leave out a shovel, a car ice scraper, and even some ice melt so that you can address any driveways, sidewalks, or frosty car windows that need some attention.
3. Set up utilities ahead of time.
The last thing you want after a long day of moving is to find yourself in your new home with no electricity or heat. So, make sure you call ahead of time in order to get your utilities all set up in your new residence. That way you can kick back, relax, and enjoy some warmth after your busy and tiring day!
4. Clear walkways.
Moving is a hassle, and nobody can blame you for wanting to get it over with as fast as possible. So, while it might be tempting to awkwardly shuffle your belongings along a treacherously slippery path, it’s simply not worth the risk. Spend the time to remove any ice or snow from your walking paths so that you can safely transport all of your items in and out of the house!
5. Cover floors.
It’s no secret that winter comes with a lot of slush, mud, and grime, and the last thing you want to do is track all of that dirt around your home. Those spills might cause issues with your security deposit or new owners, and you definitely don’t want to muck up the floors of your new home with all of that winter slush. So, cover your floors with towels, old rugs, or a roll of that sticky plastic wrap to protect your floor surfaces from winter grime!
6. Have a backup plan.
Sometimes, things happen. And, even if you have a great plan in place to ensure that your moving day goes flawlessly, we all know that we have absolutely no control over the weather. So, make sure that you have a contingency in place in case the conditions are absolutely treacherous on your move day. While it’s still a hassle to rearrange your entire move, having a backup plan (and a list of important contact numbers!) will help make that stressful process at least a little bit easier!
Yes, moving is definitely a pain no matter the time of year. But, there’s no doubt that winter can present some new challenges. Put these six tips to work to take a little bit of anxiety out of your winter move!
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