Moving During the Winter? Here are Some Expert Driving Tips
Movers in Fort Collins move a lot of people during the winter months, and we recommend hiring a moving company to help you if you are going to move at this time of year. But if you have decided to move on your own while the snow is flying and the roads are less than perfect, take some tips from our professional drivers when it comes to keeping things safe on the road.
- Get blizzard ready. Blizzards happen during the winter months as much as we do not want them to. The best thing to do if there’s a blizzard or other big snowstorm is to stay inside and not try driving on those slippery roads. You can always postpone your moving day by a day or two, and this will result in a much safer move.
- Keep your eye on the weather report. Admittedly, the weather report is never entirely accurate, but it should give you some idea of what to expect on the day that you do have to move. Be aware of any road warnings like icy conditions or other potential driving problems, and pay attention to traffic reports if you live in a crowded area.
- Salt and shovel pathways. You don’t want to slip coming out of your old home or moving into your new one. Make sure that pathways are shoveled, so that you can easily get in and out. It’s also a good idea to add some salt or gravel to those pathways, so that you can be extra sure that you don’t slip.
- Pack an emergency kit in your car or truck that includes some warmer winter gear, some heat packs, and a blanket. In case, for some reason, you wind up stranded on the roadside, you’ll want to make sure that you have adequate clothing and other warm items available.
- Do a double check of your vehicle. If you are renting a moving truck, look for a reputable company to rent from by reading through reviews that you find online. A truck should be functioning properly, have been recently inspected, and have really good tires and brakes.
- Protect the inside of both houses with plastic or some other kind of material that can sop up wet slush and mud. The people that you’ve asked to help you move will be tracking all kinds of slush and mud and other gunk into your new home (and out of your old one) as you move, and being prepared for this mess is a far better plan than racing to mop up a mess after everyone has left. Plus, you’ll want to keep your new home clean, right?
- Take your time. A move doesn’t have to be rushed, especially during the wintertime. Take your time moving all of your things, driving slowly and carefully, and making sure that everyone involved in the move is safe at all times. Winter weather can be tricky, and this may mean slowing down!
- Think about hiring movers to help you out. As a moving company in Fort Collins, the Exodus Moving and Storage team is used to helping people move during the wintertime. We can take care of all the driving, packing, unpacking, and other details that go with moving while the weather is cold and slushy. This way, all you have to do is sit back and relax, knowing that a professional moving team is on your side.
Working With Denver Movers
If you’re torn between hiring a moving company and doing it on your own, give us a call to see what we can do for you where rates are concerned. We are more than happy to give you a free estimate that doesn’t come with any strings attached. We also have storage space in both Fort Collins and Denver, so that you can store your things that you can’t move into your new space with you — just call us for storage rental prices and details.
Weighing the pros and cons of moving by yourself during the winter months is the best way to decide whether or not risking the weather is a good idea. Most of the time, it’s best to leave winter moving in the hands of professionals — like the experts at Exodus! Call us today to arrange an estimate.
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