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How to Prepare for a Winter Move

by Jackie Heath on Dec 14, 2018
Moving in the Winter can be a little trickier than moving during the Summer or Spring. Follow these tips to help make sure your move goes smoothly.

Ask Allied: How do we prepare for a winter move? Spring and summer might be moving season, but what if you have to move during the cold months? What tips and tricks do you need to keep in mind for a winter move?

Hire Professional Movers

If you’re trying to save on moving, it can be tempting to avoid hiring movers, but that’s not always the best way to go, especially in winter. As the temperatures drop, you’re going to want help with the heavy lifting, especially if you have to deal with ice and snow on top of everything else.

And while we’re on the topic of snow, when you schedule your moving date with the movers, you’ll  may want to discuss a back-up moving date in case you get hit with a snow storm just when you’re getting ready to move to your new place.

Plan Ahead

Planning is key, especially when dealing with inclement weather. Make sure you arrange with your utilities provider to have heat and electricity set up in your new home before you get there (preferably a few days prior to your move so the place will already be warm when you arrive).

If you’re driving a long distance, make sure to have your car serviced before you go to get ahead of any potential problems, and definitely check the tires to make sure they’re properly inflated and aren’t too worn. Depending on your circumstances, you might want to change them out for snow tires to make sure you have plenty of traction on the winter roads.

You should also make sure your car is loaded with winter supplies, including blankets, hats and gloves, windshield scrapers, shovels, and road salt, in addition to the usual snacks, water bottles, and cell phone chargers. You might also want to bring a thermos full of some sort of hot beverage.

Pets

Pets might be better off staying with friends, a dogwalker, or in pet daycare for moving day. Moving day tends to involve a lot of trips in and out of the house, which means a lot of open doors, giving your furry friends plenty of opportunity to run off. Better to play it safe and keep them out of the way during the big move and bring them to your new place a day or two later. Don’t forget that they get cold, too, so be careful to avoid exposing them to the cold for long periods of time when you do move them.

Packing

Keep the temperatures in mind when packing, as well as the possibility of precipitation. Anything you don’t want to get wet should be packed with waterproof materials, so use plastic mattress bags and heavy duty plastic wrap on soft furnishings, and consider lining boxes with plastic bags before packing. When using moving labels, you should also make sure those are laminated or otherwise waterproofed.

You need to be especially mindful of the possibility of wet weather when packing up your electronics. Smaller electronics, such as cell phones, laptops, cables, and chargers, should be sealed in plastic bags before being placed in boxes. Larger electronics, such as your TV, you might want to leave for the professionals to handle.

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