Making Winter Move a Breeze: Tips & Tricks
Winter can be a perfect period for your move. According to the statistics, most moving processes take place between May and September. In winter, though, you may find best deals on apartments, and save some money on your move, as well.
The dark side of the winter moving is the weather. It is so unpredictable. For instance, you may enjoy sun all week, and then a sudden blizzard pops up as you get into your car after finishing the loading, ready to head to your new place. Below, you will find some simple recommendations to help make your moving in winter as safe, as possible.
Keep track of the weather
Check weather reports from time to time, and keep track of the approaching storm fronts that may influence your decision for scheduling your move. Weather is unpredictable, and will never notify you about the changes planned. It is also important to pay attention to traffic reports. You should know the exact route to your new place. Do not go through busy streets during poor weather, thus keeping yourself and your belongings safe and sound.
Keep your winter supplies with you
Do not pack ice scraper, shovel, and winter accessories such as hats, and gloves. Have them all in your car with you along the way. Make sure that you have tools to dig a path through snow to your new place. Your shovel should be always ready, and you will not have to turn every box upside down in search of your winter tools. Use salt to make the slippery sidewalk safe for you and your helpers.
Keep your driveways clear!
When bad weather is rolling around, there is nothing you can do with icy and snowed-in roads. The driveway, though, is under your control, and it’s your responsibility to keep it clear. Wait for the snow storm to stop, so that you don’t waste your energy in vain. It is important to start cleaning the driveway until the snow starts melting. If it already started, do your best to clear as much snow as you can. If you don’t, you may end up with an icy driveway, which is impossible and dangerous to move onto.
To save your drive from the formation of the extremely slippery black ice, generously salt your driveway. If your new home is in the same area as your old one, it’s possible that you need to repeat this procedure twice – in front of your old house and in from of your new place. It might sound grueling, but it’s getting a little tired is always better than spending time in the emergency room with a broken arm or concussion.
Using the services of the moving company gives you a lot of benefits, such as a faster move and no heavy lifting from your side. And the benefits grow during winter moving. If this option is not affordable for you, you can use help of your friends and family. They will help you make the process faster and you won’t have to move in and out of the cold for such a long period. When you get all your boxes inside, it’s a great idea to offer all your helpers some hot food as a “thank you!” treat.
Take care of your pets
It is better to board your pets during the move. First, pets can get in people’s way who carry boxes and furniture, which is very dangerous for everyone. Secondly, when you move, the doors of your home are always open, so your pets may easily run away. Having to deal with this stress during the move is certainly too much! Thirdly, pets also worry about moving to a new place. Moreover, researchers say that pets may get an emotional trauma during the move. We recommend to move your cat or dog last, when you already have some of your old furniture placed in your new home. Thus, your pet may feel familiar scents in a new place and calm down faster.
Have emergency supplies on hand
No matter how carefully you plan everything, something may still go wrong, and winter move is one of the perfect examples for this “rule”. Keep in mind that you need to have emergency supplies in your car in case of a breakdown. These are ice scrapers, first aid kits, shovel, jumper cables, flashlights, road salt, de-icing fluid, and others. You have to be sure that you will be able to have your car running even in extreme weather conditions.
It is also better to have blankets, food, and some warm clothes in the car. Should a break down take place, you will have the extra protection for yourself and your family, if you hit the road together. Having the emergency supplies can give you confidence during the moving. You will know that you will cope with anything that may happen to you.
Control body temperature
Opt for multiple layers of thinner clothes, instead of two warm sweaters. Thus, you can drop a layer or two, if you feel that you’re overheating. Just imagine how many boxes you will be carrying and how many times you need to go up and down the stairs.
In addition, leaving your door open to even out the temperature between inside and outside of your home is a great idea, because it saves your body from adjusting to severe temperature differences all the time. A rapid change of temperatures may take a toll on you.
Make the move clean
Keep some towels in your car to clean dirty boxes and other items after dirty snow. Thus, you will avoid extra moisture on the boxes and will keep your items unspoiled. You may also put padding down on the floor to absorb excess water clinging to shoes and boxes.