Do you have an upcoming winter move on the calendar? We've got some tips that can help! Moving during winter may take a little more advance prep, but there are benefits too. We've rounded up some information that can help your move go as smoothly as possible.
Make sure all of the areas outside your home have been cleared of snow and that you have shovelled as extra wide a path as possible. Take care to ensure that your driveway, any paths or walkways, stairs, and front porch are all clear and dry; use de-icer if necessary and monitor at regular intervals to make sure no new snow has fallen or ice patches have formed. Creating this safe environment benefits everyone: you and your family, as well as the movers that will be helping you on the big day!
When a move happens during the winter months, protecting your floors is of paramount importance. You don't want any wetness, moisture, salt, or dirt brought into the home, so protect your hard flooring surfaces, as well as any carpeting you may have, with plastic sheeting. Moving companies will provide this as part of their service, but if you are doing the move yourself you can find inexpensive floor protection film at your local home improvement store. A self-adhesive version for carpets also exists; it is well worth it for the peace of mind it brings!
Most moving trucks are not climate-controlled and some valuables simply require extra protection from the weather. If you have any belongings that are sensitive to low temperatures, they may be prone to cracking, such as fine china, antique furniture, electronics, and musical instruments. To be safe, wrap these in an extra layer of blankets and transport them yourselves. Of course, any houseplants, animals, or delicate items should travel with you in your own vehicle.
All of the steps you take preparing the areas around your old home need to be done at your new one too! All snow and ice should be cleared, and floor protection laid down. Make sure that the heating has been turned on and all of the lights as well. You don't want to move in mid-winter into a home with no power! Clear extra space for parking and any laneways as well. Any move requires extra vehicles and a lot of back and forth movement, so the larger and clearer the outside area available, the better.
Perhaps the best advice for those moving during winter is to be flexible. The weather can be so variable and conditions change quickly, so be on the lookout for snow and ice storms. Moving companies typically are not as busy during the colder months and they too adapt a flexible attitude, so should a weather event arise, re-booking and making alternate arrangements is often easy to do. Keep a positive attitude and be sure to have enough coffee and hot chocolate on hand to go around!
As you can see, moving during winter requires a bit of extra preparation, but it will really help speed up the process and keep everyone (and all of your belongings!) safe. Thanks for reading and don't forget to follow the Marina Homes blog for more great moving tips.