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Tips for Moving in the Winter

November 2, 2016

Moving during the winter can have some big benefits to it, too. Moving companies are not as busy, so you might see a reduction in rates and you will likely see more flexible schedules.  Here are some other beneficial tips to help you move smoothly into your new home during the winter time.

Tip #1: Get started early!
Winter days are cold and darkness sets in quickly, so that means you’ll need to use as much daylight as you can. Take advantage of the hours and get started early in the morning. Make sure everything is packed up well the night before and then plan on getting ready to move your items first thing in the morning so you can have the majority of it done before it gets too dark outside. Moving big, heavy boxes or furniture can be dangerous in the dark because you can’t see as well. In addition, nighttime hour means the temperature will start dropping even more and this could mean snow or ice accumulation on the ground, which could pose another safety hazard.    

Tip #2: Make sure walkways and entryways are kept free and clear.
No one wants to be injured during a big move!  During the winter, walkways or driveways can get especially slick, so it’s important to keep them free and clear of ice, snow, or other debris that could cause you or someone helping you move to slip and fall.  Each morning be sure to check the walkway areas to be sure that they are safe to walk on. 

Tip #3: Don’t forget to keep your supplies easily accessible.
If you know you have a winter move coming up, don’t pack away your winter supplies like warm hats and mittens, ice scrapers, or snow shovels.  If you think you’ll need these, keep them in a place that is easily accessible. 

Tip #4: Stay hydrated.
Moving can be a real demand on your body, so be sure to stay hydrated the whole time. Drink plenty of water, of course, but if you’re feeling cold, be sure to keep plenty of warm drinks on hand. Keep your coffee maker unpacked for a bit so you can make warm coffee and have your tea bags and mugs unpacked
If you think moving during the winter is going to be miserable, think again! Moving during the coldest part of the year doesn’t have to be bad as long as you plan ahead a bit. With some little attention to detail, you’ll be able to move quickly and efficiently, then be able to get cozied into your new home.