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Survival Tips for Moving During Winter

By Blog Author on Tues. Sept. 4th, 2017

Moving in cold weather is not fun by any means, but it is often the least expensive time to move! Here is our guide for surviving freezing moves.

Bundle up! Wear layers that you can remove if you get too warm while lifting and being active. Don’t forget the gloves!

Check the wind chill factor. The temperature might be tolerable when planning your move, but with a strong wind chill that can quickly change. Be prepared with appropriate clothing.

Secure Parking. Be sure your current and future homes have parking open for your moving truck. There’s nothing worse than carrying heavy furniture and boxes long distances. If you’re living in an apartment, it can be difficult to maneuver a large moving truck through their parking lot. Check ahead with the leasing personnel to see if they have any requirements for moving trucks. Some require you to schedule in advance to reserve parking for loading/unloading, so don’t skip that step!

Make hot drinks. Make some delicious hot chocolate or apple cider (non-alcoholic!) to warm you up during breaks. If you have movers helping you, offer these to them, too!

Have a plan. During the winter, a storm can roll in at any time. Be prepared for delays or even having to reschedule your move entirely. If you choose to brave the storm, be sure to drive cautiously. Anything can go wrong during a move, not just the weather. What if the moving company doesn’t show up? What if the truck breaks down? What if your new home doesn’t end up being ready (especially if it is an apartment)? Think through all possible scenarios and have action plans in place to minimize stress.

Consider renting a portable storage container. They are dropped off at your home before your move so that you can pack up early. Then it is picked up and dropped off at your new home. How convenient!

Choose wisely. If you choose to put some of your belongings in a self-storage facility, be cautious of items that are sensitive to cold temperatures. The best way to avoid damage to your belongings is to choose a self-storage facility with climate-controlled units. If you are not able to get a climate-controlled unit, then be sure you take the necessary precautions when storing your belongings. Take special care when storing electronic and battery-powered devices. The trouble here is that condensation can gather inside the electronic devices, which causes water damage, and battery-powered devices can freeze and crack.

If you are moving this winter season, we wish you the best and hope this survival guide has helped you be as prepared as possible.