Winter is one of the least popular seasons for moving.
After all, once you consider all the trouble and difficulties that snow brings with it, it makes perfect sense. Every mistake or oversight that you make during a summer move will cost you a lot more if you do it during winter. So, should you avoid winter relocations? Of course not.
In fact, moving during the winter can be the cheapest time to both relocate and rent an apartment, precisely because it is so unpopular. And, if you prepare properly for it and use some of our tips and tricks, you are bound to have a safe move.
How to Prepare for Moving During the Winter Season
Some of the tips and tricks we will outline can make a difference between moving successfully, and ruining both your items and your relocation. But, the most important tip we have for you is to prepare properly.
Without proper preparations, there is simply no way you will handle winter relocation. Keep in mind that even a small oversight can end up in disaster, which is why you need to do your best when preparing for a winter move. So, here is what to do.
Find the right movers
The first thing we would advise you to do is to find reliable movers. In order to have a simple and stress-free relocation, you need to hire movers who have the tools and the experience necessary to handle a winter relocation.
When you start, look for movers that have been in the moving business for a while. Make sure that they know what winter moving is all about. You can do this by asking them to describe former winter relocations and to give you tips on how to prepare. With luck, you should find movers that will make your relocation safe and straightforward.
Using proper moving supplies
One of the things you can, and probably will tackle is packing. Now, there is not a moving guide out there that doesn't stress the importance of proper packing. And the only thing we can add that it is even more important when it comes to winter moving.
Remember, you are not dealing with ideal weather here where your items can stay outside and not get damaged. In order to protect your items from harsh weather conditions, you need to use quality packing supplies. Especially if you plan on moving fragile items.
There is no way that you will handle moving during the winter season without proper packing supplies.
If you get stuck during packing, don't worry. Simply do both yourself and your movers a favor and ask them to pack your items for you. Keep in mind that with improper packing, you are not only risking your items but also your movers' safety.
So, do whatever is necessary to pack your possessions in the safest possible way.
Tips and Tricks that Can Help You Tackle a Winter Relocation
Now, we can go on and on about various aspects of winter moving. But, we are going to leave that for another article. Instead, we going to point some of the lesser-known tips and tricks that can make a huge difference both during preparations and moving day.
Some of the tips we will mention can literally be lifesavers.
Not everything is worth moving
Once you factor in all the packing containers, wrapping supplies and padding supplies, it will become pretty clear that packing for a winter move can be expensive.
But, one of the tips to keep in mind is that not everything is worth moving. If you want to save yourself both time and money, declutter before you move. Once you start decluttering, you will soon realize that there are a lot of things that you can leave behind. So, moving them would only be a needless hassle and a needless expense.
Prepare your car ahead of time
Moving during the winter season often means that you'll be driving yourself to your new home. If this is the case, then you should prepare your car ahead of time.
Keep in mind that the closer the moving day is, the more things you will have to handle. Not to mention all the unforeseen circumstances you will have to take care of.
So, if you want to do your future self a favor, prepare your car for winter travel as soon as possible. Trust us when we tell you that you simply won't have time for it once moving preparations start.
Make sure to prepare both your car and yourself for winter driving.
Be very picky with your clothing
For your moving day, you will have to pick out clothing. And the only advice we can give you is to pick carefully.
Keep in mind that you will have to both keep warm and work hard. So even if you are a millennial that want's to look trendy while moving, try to dress in layers that can be easily taken off.
Also, you want to have a change of clothing at hand if something happens. The last thing you need is to get wet for some reason, and then to not be able to change.
So, if you want to stay safe and properly handle moving during the winter season, pick proper winter attire and keep a spare change of clothes nearby.
Moisture is a bigger problem than cold
This tip connects to the former one, but has other applications as well. Namely, in order to properly pack your items, carry them to the moving truck and load them up, you will have to handle certain preparations. And, the key thing to keep in mind is that moisture is more dangerous than cold.
So, lay out some cardboard on your home floors. That way, it won't get wet from snow once your movers start walking to and from the moving truck. Also, ensure that your items are protected from moisture.
All in all, if you can keep your relocation dry, you will effectively keep it safe.