Tips For Moving In the Winter
Winter can be a wonderful time of the year. Building snowmen, ice skating, drinking hot chocolate, and sledding are all fun things we enjoy during the winter months. If you find that you need to move during the winter months, there can be a few extra challenges that you need to account for. Never fear, though, as we have you covered with our top 5 tips for moving your home during the winter.
1. Clear Your Driveway of all Snow and Ice
On the day of your move, be sure your driveway and sidewalks are clear of snow and ice. Regardless of whether you are moving yourself or hiring professionals, you want to make sure everyone stays safe. If some ice remains on walkways after shoveling, spread sand over the ice patch to increase traction. Remember to take care of the driveway at your new home as well.
2. Movers Will Protect Your Entryways.
In high-traffic areas of your home, our movers will place large pieces of cardboard or lay floor protection down to protect it from dirt, salt, and water that will get tracked in during the move. If you have any area rugs, remove them before placing floor coverings down. Moving during the winter tends to track in extra snow and water, so floor protection is essential.
3. Ensure Utilities are Turned On
Before your move, check with your realtor or property manager to ensure your new home’s water, heat, and electricity are turned on and fully functioning. In the cold winter, you do not want to be stuck without these things.
4. Pack Winter Essentials and Unload them First.
Be sure to pack a box of winter essentials for your move. Include a warm change of clothes, paper products for your new home like toilet paper, some snacks, and easy-to-prepare food items. Have this box loaded last and unloaded first so that you will have access to these items as soon as you arrive.
5. Get your Car Serviced
If traveling a long distance, be sure to have your car serviced before the trip. Get a general tune-up, and ensure your tires and brakes are inspected to ensure they are in good condition for traveling in the ice and snow. The last thing you want in the middle of a move is a breakdown.
Moving during the winter does add a few challenges, but if you keep these tips for moving in the winter, you will be just fine. Stay safe out on the roads as you are driving, and remember, if you are looking for assistance with your move, contact your mover for help.
New Jersey Warehouse and Movers Association – njmovers.com
Cindy Myer, NJWMA Board of Director and Owner/President, Ridgewood Moving Services.