5 Winter Moving Tips
Tips for Moving in the Wintertime
Winter moving tips can go a long way if you are planning a move in the coming months (gulp, yes, we still may have months left). The cold weather is no surprise here in Ohio, and a little extra planning can go a long way for having a great moving day. Check out our 5 tips, straight from the pros themselves.
5 Winter Moving Tips
1. Plan for Extra Time
This is a no-brainer. It has to be at the top of the tip list because it is so critical to a successful moving day. The weather can be unpredictable, but keep an eye on the forecast in the days leading up to your move. Depending on the weather conditions, travel time and general packing/loading time can increase if the weather is not cooperating. Try to have a very flexible schedule on the day of your move, and even factor in an extra day into your timeline. If you’re closing on selling your house, it’s not a good idea to wait until the last day and be buried in the snow when it’s time to hand over the keys!
2. Extra Winter Supplies
Depending on whether you DIY or hire movers, winter means extra supplies are needed. Assuming you’re choosing the latter, some supplies will be provided by your movers and others you will want to plan for.
Things that will be your responsibility include salt for pathways, protecting floors, and even ensuring everything is properly packed. Many professional moving companies offer floor protectant and will provide the proper safety gear, including cold-weather gear and proper roadside items to indicate the parked truck, etc.
Take extra care to have proper clothing and footwear as well! Even if you have hired movers, chances are you’ll be spending at least some time going back and forth from the outside.
3. Chores and Tasks for the Weather
It’s incredibly important to be prepared on the day of your move if there is snow or ice on the ground. Providing safe working surfaces, including a clear driveway and walk paths, is critical. Not only is the movers’ safety a consideration, but it’s also critical for your items being transported to and from a moving truck! No one wants to slip and fall while carrying a heavy dresser or other furniture.
4. Packing Considerations
If you’re doing the packing yourself, take extra care to pack items appropriately that may be sensitive to the cold weather temperatures. If your belongings are spending extended time in the back of a moving truck or in a staging area such as a garage, this is incredibly important!
Check out our tips on how to pack electronics.
5. Storage Considerations
Climate controlled storage is essential in the wintertime. Some items may not matter, like clothing or some furniture, but other items cannot spend extended time in a cold storage unit. Some moving companies offer storage (we have an onsite warehouse at each location) or you can select a climate-controlled storage unit. Keep in mind, independent storage units can have a wait list for climate control so look early and often!
There you have it, our round-up of winter moving tips direct from the pros that know! Get a free quote for your winter move, and keep your fingers crossed the groundhog reports in our favor.