5 Tips for Moving in the Winter

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Moving from your current home to a new home is always a daunting task. Even after you think you have everything packed and prepared, it’s easy to discover that there's something else that needs to be done before the big move. If you're moving during the winter months, there can be a few more obstacles in your way, like dangerous roads, overly cold conditions, and unexpected snowfall. Here are our tips for making a move in the winter a bit easier:

1. Start Packing Early

Moving presents many challenges, including organizing how everything will get from your location to your destination. The stress of having to complete everything the weekend before your move can be reduced by packing early. Keep these tips in mind when packing.

Fill a box every day. You may feel like you'll never get your move done if you don't start two months early, but if you start two months early, you'll have more than 50 boxes packed in time for the move.

Organize your boxes. You will need a plan for storing packed boxes on site until the move date. Put them all near the door where the movers will use them during the loading process, but out of the way.

2. Stay Ready & Flexible

When your moving date is just around the corner, it pays to make a list, stay focused, and list everything you need to do. Then, sort the items in order of importance and work your way down the list. Understand that poor weather conditions may cause moving companies to reschedule or delay. It is important to remain flexible, so keep moving forward!

3. Be Prepared for Poor Weather Conditions

Monitor the weather conditions for your area to determine if you need to make any adjustments to your moving schedule. Some moving companies won't provide services if it's snowing or if there is ice on the roadways. If you can possibly move sooner or later than scheduled before that winter storm arrives, contact your moving company and others who are helping to see if they can change their plans as well. It’s better to be overprepared!

4. Heating Your Home

Instead of leaving the heat on in your entire home for the warmth to flow outside every time the door opens while you’re mid-move, consider putting a small heater in a bedroom or in the bathroom so that you have somewhere to go when you want to get warm for a few moments. This is also a great option if you have children. This provides a warm area for them to stay and hang out while the adults are moving items from inside your home to the moving truck or personal vehicles. Of course, be careful with the placement of the heater and keep small children monitored and away from the heat source at all times.

5. Clearing Pathways

If there is any snow on your driveway or sidewalk, make sure it's cleared away so that those who are helping you move have a safe surface to walk on instead of one that's slippery. Salt can be placed on steps and pathways as well. Consider also getting blankets to throw inside to protect your new flooring as well as to soak up water spots and eliminate any potential slip and falls.

The professional movers at True Friends Moving Company offer safe, careful, and personalized moving services, all backed by our satisfaction guarantee for your peace of mind. Contact our team at (615) 240-2811 for a free, no-obligation quote!