We are right in the midst of winter in North America, and while some areas are feeling it more than others, the cold weather and chilly conditions definitely have an impact. Yet the rain, wind, snow and other hazardous weather doesn’t mean that we can stop going about our day-to-day lives, and this includes tasks such as moving house!
You Move Me works year-round to move people in and out of their homes and with approximately 14% of Americans moving each year, it means that our movers need to be prepared for all types of weather. Here is our advice on moving in winter:
Roll out the carpet
Start the day by clearing a walkway from your home to the moving truck. Rake up leaves, salt concrete to help reduce ice and sludge, or shovel a path through the snow. This will help keep movers safe while carrying items from the house to the truck. At You Move Me, we roll out old carpet outside of the house and on truck ramps to create a slip-free pathway.
Protect your floors
Most people who live in cold climates know the pain of the accompanying snow, rain, and mud. With people traveling in and out of your house during a move, the outside elements could easily be brought inside. Secure non-slip covers on your floors to help protect them – cardboard or plastic with grip work well.
When packing your goods, make sure they are secured and put in boxes that will easily hold their weight. Don’t overpack boxes either. If items are fragile, wrap them in bubble wrap, newspaper, butcher’s paper or moving blankets. Insulate your goods so the elements don’t ruin pricey or priceless items, including electronics, which are susceptible to frost and moisture. Glass and plastic items can become weakened and more breakable when they are exposed to cold elements and condensation can impact sensitive wood finishes, electronics, and antiques. Even wood glue will become sensitive to the heat fluctuations.
Watch the clock
You should never rush a move, especially in cold, wet, and icy conditions, but do remember that winter months give less daylight, which impact visibility and the quality of lighting. Do what you can to plan ahead so that you are using the daylight hours wisely.
Have the clothes fit the part
Be sure to wear sensible and close-toed shoes for your move, and make sure they have a good grip on them. Choose clothes that can be layered – it will be a cold day, but the activity of moving will quickly warm you up. Layers allow you to easily add or take off items. Hand warmers/pocket warmers are helpful too.
Fuel your body
Start the day well fed and fueled – a hearty breakfast will give you the energy to keep going with the heavy lifting. You might be tempted to drink lots of coffee to stay warm, but make sure you also drink plenty of water to keep hydrated, or substitute coffee for hot water with lemon, ginger and honey!
Take your time
Slow down when moving in wet and snowy conditions. Rushing can lead to slips and spills and can result in injury or damaged possessions. Plan for the move to take longer than usual, as you navigate the winter conditions. It may add some costs or delays to your day, but it’s better to be safe than sorry!
Know the warning signs
Though you may not be outdoors for extended periods when moving, it’s always best to be safe and know what the symptoms are for exposure to cold temperatures. First aid training is always beneficial, but if you don’t have any training you can educate yourself and anyone helping with the move in regards to the warning signs for issues such as hypothermia.
Remember your furry family members
Moving is already a stressful time for your pets, but the added stress of cold weather can further impact the way they react to the situation. Make sure to pay extra attention to those furry family members, to help alleviate any anxiety and to make sure they have a comfortable move in the cold and wet weather.
Hopefully these tips will help make your move less stressful and much safer! And remember, professional movers understand all the hazards and issues inherent in a move, no matter the time of year, so having professionals pack and move your goods can be a great way to reduce risk in tricky winter conditions. They also have all the right equipment to help make the move as easy and stress-free as possible.
Do you have any tips to share on moving in winter months?