As much as many of us don’t want to admit it, winter is on the way here in Canada. That means extremely cold days, piles of snow and icy sidewalks. All of these things can be a hazard if you’re trying to move. For that reason, many people try to move in the warmer months, but sometimes winter moving is unavoidable. That’s ok! Moving in the winter doesn’t have to be extra stressful if you follow a few simple guidelines.
7 Things to Do to Prepare for a Winter Move
Follow these 7 tips to ensure you (and your movers) have a safe and smooth winter move:
Shovel, Sand, Salt, Repeat
The biggest hazard when moving in the winter is an icy or snow-covered sidewalk and driveway. It’s common for you to be in and out the house often on moving day, sometimes in a rush, which is when ice and snow can become very dangerous. Plus, your movers will probably be carrying large items that make it difficult to see the ground (and therefore the icy patches).
That’s why it’s critical to keep the sidewalks and driveways at your old home and your new one clear of snow and ice. Shovel and salt or sand your walkways as close to moving day as you can (preferably on moving day if possible).
Allow Extra Time
Remember winter weather can cause delays. Your moving company might take a little longer to drive to your house due to the conditions, or you might need to stop and warm up often. This means that your move might take a little longer to complete in the winter than it would in the summer and there might be unepected delays. When you’re moving in the winter, always allow a little extra time just in case.
The key to making sure you (and your movers) stay safe during a winter move is to stay warm. Dress appropriately for the cold weather, and consider turning the heat up a degree or two. The door will probably be opening and closing frequently, which will allow a lot of cold air inside so try to protect against that. It’s also kind to allow your movers to come and warm up for a short break if it’s extremely cold outside.
Double Check Utilities
In the summer or fall it might not be a huge deal if you get to your new home and the utilities aren’t actually turned on yet. Sure, it’s inconvenient and frustrating, but it’s not as dangerous as if this happens when moving in winter. On moving day (or before) always double check that the utilities at your new house are on and working properly. No one wants to arrive to unload and unpack only to find the house freezing.
Keep Things Dry
Winter in Canada means snow outside – and that means melted snow inside. People will be coming and going from your houses frequently, and it’s not always reasonable for them to remove their shoes every time they step foot in the entryway. When moving in the winter, it’s best to take extra precautions to keep your floors (and everything else) dry. Lay down blankets or towels in high traffic areas and keep a rug near the door for movers to wipe their boots on before coming in.
Take Care of Electronics
Some electronics are sensitive to temperature and most cannot get wet. During a winter move, take extra precautions when packing electronics so they will stay warm and dry for the whole trip. This might mean taking some items with you for quick transport in your car rather than sending them with your moving company.
Watch for the Snowplow
Remember all that shoveling you did the day before moving day? That can all be ruined if the snowplow goes by over night, leaving a big pile of snow along the curb and impeding your movers as they try to load things into the truck. Check your local snowplow schedule and try to do your shoveling after it has already gone by.
Planning a move this winter? The Two Small Men team has been moving in Canada for more than 30 years, so we’re prepared to move during pretty much any weather condition. Get your free moving estimate today!