Moving during the winter months may not be ideal. But with smart planning, you can make the process light on yourself. Start packing at least two months before your move. Organize and label everything as you go. Then, follow these eight tips for a smooth transition from your old place to your new home.
1. Check the Weather Forecast
Knowing what Mother Nature has in store keeps you prepared for changing circumstances. Check weather apps and websites often. Not only can you get information as early as a week ahead of your move, but you can also track daily and hourly changes.
2. Start Early
Short daylight hours in the winter cut into your time. Start loading the truck at the first sign of light. If you’re lucky enough to move on a sunny day, the weather may feel warmer than expected.
3. Clear Pathways
To prevent accidents, create a safe route from the house to the truck. Outside, remove snow and ice from the sidewalk, driveway, and street. Also, clear pathways inside the home. Use non-slip rugs to absorb moisture from footwear. No rugs available? Use tape to secure large pieces of thick cardboard to the floor.
4. Pack a Winter Survival Kit
Keep cold-weather essentials on hand. First, you’ll need a shovel, scraper, brush, and salt for snow and ice removal. Pack a portable jump starter and a first-aid kit for emergencies. Other essentials include extra outerwear, blankets, and batteries. Also, consider a flashlight and a wireless phone charger. Of course, you’ll want to have snacks and water available.
5. Dress in Layers
No doubt, you’ll make several trips loading and unloading. When you dress in layers, you can add and remove clothing as necessary to remain warm, dry, and comfortable. Also, make sure you’re wearing reliable footwear. You may consider sneakers. But if it’s rain or slush outside, you’ll need a pair of waterproof boots with a warm lining and good traction.
6. Protect Your Electronics
Exposure to cold air may damage circuitry and casings. It’s best to use the original packaging to transport electronics. But if you don’t have the boxes available, consider a specialty box from your local moving supply store. You’ll also need anti-static bubble wrap, packing paper, and padding for extra protection.
7. Prep Your New Home
Nobody wants to move into a cold, dark house. So, make arrangements with utility companies to have electricity, gas, and water on before you arrive. Also, protect the floors in your new home. Like moving out, you’ll need to line walkways with rugs or cardboard to prevent slush from getting tracked inside.
8. Unload Quickly
Temperatures can drop pretty low. So, get your belongings into your warm, new home fast. Remember, you don’t have to unpack everything. You just need to get everything out of the cold.
Stay focused on the end goal. Don’t allow yourself to become overwhelmed with the process. Create a timeline and make a checklist of everything that needs to be done. If you need help, consider a professional moving company.