The best time to move is during the time of year when the weather is most agreeable. Unfortunately, not everyone has that choice, and some people must move in the winter. Residential moving in winter presents a few unique challenges to deal with to keep the move safe, without suffering from weather related problems. Make a plan with residential movers ahead of time on how to handle things if inclement weather becomes a concern. In the meantime, homeowners can facilitate their move with the following ideas.
Cold Temperatures, Bad Weather, And Moving
Snow and ice are dangerous for passenger vehicles, so it makes sense that they are even more dangerous for larger, heavier vehicles, like moving trucks and tractor-trailers. With this in mind, if bad weather is on the horizon, plan for the possibility that the moving truck could be delayed along the way. That could be hours for a local move, to overnight, or even days for a long distance residential moving company. Homeowners should pack essentials to keep with them, including enough clothes and necessities to last them a day or two. Packing should also be done to reflect the possibility of items being out in the cold for longer than the normally expected period of time.
Pack for Cold, Wet, and Snowy Weather
When temperatures go below freezing, or there is snowy, wet weather, pack for it. It is recommended that waterproof packaging or another type of covering be used for fragile items, or those that may be water damaged. Packing items that can become brittle in very cold temperatures requires extra attention, as well. The chance that glass, china, ceramic and certain plastics will break increases in very cold weather. Therefore, it is essential to pack these items so there is little chance for movement inside the boxes. Conditions inside a non-insulated moving truck, driving at high speed, can be even colder. This must also be taken into account. In extreme temperatures, it is often worthwhile to pay a packing service to pack these types of items for movers. Not only do professional packers know how to pack to avoid breakage, but the service is generally liable if something were to be damaged or broken.
Prepare for the Mess of Wet Weather
Moving involves many people going in and out of the house - many times. When it is wet or snowy, that means snow, ice, mud and salt potentially being tracked into both the new and old house. Prepare for this by covering carpets, and doing whatever else is necessary to keep the dirt and wetness from ruining floors. Residential movers can usually provide moving blankets to cover floors with, but be prepared in case they are not available. If there are large items or certain furnishings that must be covered up before being brought out into the wet weather, inform moving crews so these items can be covered before they are carried outside. Also very important is to ensure all walkways and driveways are clear and ice-free to prevent dangerous falls that can lead to injuries, and items being dropped and broken.
There is a lot of work to be done on moving day, regardless of what the weather may be. On a cold or wet day, dress warmly, and wear comfortable, waterproof shoes or boots to prevent having to deal with cold, wet footwear. Wear layers of clothing that can be removed as the work commences, to prevent sweating. Wear non-bulky clothing that is easy to work in, and have correctly fitting gloves for helping, without the problem of hands sliding.
Moving in the winter, when the weather might be bad, is more challenging for residential moving companies and the homeowners they serve. To avoid accidents and reduce the chance of breaking personal items, prepare ahead for bad weather by considering the tips referenced above. Residential movers dealing with poor weather conditions during a move are very appreciative of the extra effort!