Tips for moving during winter
Some people have the privilege to choose when to move, others not so much.
If you have the chance to choose, then have a look when is the best time of the year to move.
If you, however, are relocating your workplace or following your loved one then you will find some of the tips below helpful to guide you through the tedious moving in the cold months.
Hire professionalmoving company
Dealing with packing, loading, moving and everything else may not be on your to do list, especially if you don’t have a lot of time for planning.
You will most likely need a reliable moving company to do all of that for you, while you focus on your priorities.
Full service moving companies have packing services, which will save you time and will keep you calm and relaxed during your move. If there is a right time to hire local movers, it would be winter time.
allow more timefor travelling
Driving during winter is more difficult and it takes more time than in normal conditions. If you are moving local then most likely you won’t experience huge delays with your delivery but if you are moving interstate, keep in mind that the weather conditions are huge factor for drivers(yourself including).
When driving to your new home, you will need to allow yourself some extra time for driving, so if you need to be there in a particular time, leave a couple of hours earlier. It is better to arrive earlier than late.
If you are already in your new home waiting for your items to be delivered, don’t stress out if you experience delays. Keep in contact with your assigned moving coordinator, or anyone at customer service will be able to give you accurate information of where is the truck and when it will be with you.
Try to remain calm and considerate of the drivers’ circumstances.
Keep yourself andyour movers warm
It’s essential that you take good care of your movers and yourself.
Offer them hot drinks, gloves and everything that you think may help them make the packing/loading process easier.
Your movers will appreciate this and you will feel better. Moving in winter is difficult as it is. If you can do something even small to make it a slightly better experience, then it will only benefit you and the people you’re helping in one way or another.
Every little helps.
You will need to make sure that you have shovelled the snow and put salt to help melt the ice.
That way you will make it easier for you and your movers to walk freely carrying your furniture without fearing that someone may fall down.
You may also use sand if you can find any. Both salt and sand will help making the pathway walkable. Do the same upon delivery in your new house.
set your newhome
Prepare your new home in advance so it is all set up and ready for you to move in. Make sure that all utilities are set up and working before your arrival in your new home.
You don’t want to end up not having hot water when it’s freezing outside. You need to check before your official arrival date if everything is in place and working properly.
When you are all ready and it comes to the action, you need to keep in mind that there will be constant walking in and out of the house.
If it’s snowing/raining outside you or your movers will bring all the mud and dirt from outside and you will end up spending more time cleaning than the actual move.
Not to mention that some of it may not even come out if you have carpets all over the house. Place as many plastic sheeting and cardboards as possible or anything else that you may find helpful for protecting the floor. Try to protect the walls as well.
protect your itemsduring the move
Some items get easily damaged in normal conditions. This means that some of them may be vulnerable to temperature changes and may crack.
To avoid that, if you are packing by yourself, make sure that you double wrap fragile items and items that are most likely to get damaged as a result of the lower temperatures.
Electronics also react to cold weather. You may want to keep the electronics with yourself, rather than put them in the truck, especially if you are moving long distance.