While the spring and summer are moving season, it still isn’t uncommon to move in the winter. When you move in the winter, you might be able to take advantage of lower rates and more flexibility from moving companies. Due to the weather, planning for a winter move can be more difficult than a summer move, but nowhere near impossible. Check out our winter moving tips below.
Be sure to ask your moving company how they handle situations like this. Also inquire whether or you will incur fees if a move must be canceled due to inclement weather. If you ask ahead of time, you might be able to get a discounted rescheduling fee.
Dress in Layers
Keep yourself warm by dressing in layers. You’re likely to work up a sweat while moving, so having layers that are easy to remove helps you regulate your body temperature.
Wear Proper Footwear
You’ll also want footwear with proper moisture protection. Water getting inside your shoes can be the quickest way to cold feet. Since you’re going to be on your feet most of the day, you don’t want them to be freezing and uncomfortable before you’re finished transporting everything.
Put Down Cardboard or Carpet
Another safety precaution to take is to put down cardboard or carpet runners in the entrances of both your new home and your old one. If there’s ice and snow on the ground, you don’t want to track it inside, creating a slick, unsafe walking surface. If you hired a professional moving company, be sure to ask what type of floor protection they use during the winter to keep things clean and safe. In your new home, cardboard, carpet, and even plastic can help protect the floors, and if things get too covered in snow, ice, and salt, you can simply take the floor protectors outside and shake them off.
Clear Away Snow and Ice
This one can seem rather obvious, but if you’re trying to get moved in quickly, you might not do a very good job of clearing away snow and ice on the sidewalk and steps in front of your home. The movers you’ve hired, or anyone who’s coming to help you move, will greatly appreciate a clear path to the front door.
Rent a Storage Unit
If you want to get moved in quickly, one way to save yourself time is to rent a self-storage unit a few days or even a few weeks before your official moving day. You can store all the items that aren’t going to your new home, such as seasonal gear or furniture. You’ll have less to transport from your old place to your new one on moving day. Should the weather be less than ideal on moving day, you’ll be glad you only have to spend a few hours out in the cold and snow, instead of the entire day.
We hope that these tips will help you have a safe and enjoyable moving experience this winter. If you need a storage space for any of your belongings, please contact or visit us today. Our staff members are always happy to help.