Moving can be stressful, especially if you realize that you’ll need to move in the winter. Like with any type of plans, bad weather conditions can cause delays. Lucky for you, commercial moving companies aren’t as busy during the winter, so if you know of a company that is readily available make sure to give them a call. Use these tips below to ensure a successful winter move!
- Confirm Your Moving Details
With moving companies normally having their slow season in the winter, you will have an easier time finding a company that is flexible enough to work with you on which day you would prefer for your moving day. Regardless, you’ll want to be sure to check in with your local moving company to confirm all of the details of your move and make sure everything goes smoothly and according to the schedule you both have agreed upon.
- Check the Weather
New England is infamous for the unpredictable weather patterns we get during the winter months. For this reason, you will want to check the weather prior to your move day. This is critical for interstate moves, as you definitely don’t want to be moving valued items in a blizzard. Even for local moves, snowfall will not make for a great moving situation. Make sure to communicate with your moving company if you see inclement weather and get a game plan together! If anything, you can see if the moving company you hired offers storage services to hold items while you move in the snow.
- Cover Your Floors
The winter is usually filled with snow, sleet, rain, and slush that can post a threat of ruining the hardwood floors or stain rugs and carpets of your new home. You can pick up some cheap rolls of plastic sheeting at your local hardware store and make sure that your floors are protected from the elements as you move boxes from the moving truck.
- Turn the Heat Off
Your door is going to be open and closed all day throughout the move, so there is really no point in running the heat. Your furnace will be running all day and all that heat will just be escaping out the front door while you move. Save yourself some money by having the heat off during the move. For a solution to have some heat in your home during the move, try looking into mini space heaters to cover important rooms of the house.
- Keep Pets Away For The Day
While we love our furry friends, having to worry if you will step on them while you are carrying around boxes is not an ideal moving experience. Do you really want to trip over the dog while you’re lugging that 800lb piano out the door? In addition to worrying about tripping on them, they could be a distraction if you have dogs and they are barking constantly due to the movers and excitement about being in a new home. Your best bet is to find a local kennel to store your beloved animal for the day.
- Clear All Walking Paths
Throughout the moving day, you will be going back and forth from the moving truck carrying heavy items and boxes. With winter, there is a higher chance of ice being present on the ground which runs the risk of you or the movers slipping or falling on the ice with your items in hand. To avoid this, take the time and clear the sidewalks and driveway to ensure a safe trip from the truck to your new destination.