Winter Weather Moving Tips
The holidays are fast approaching, which goes hand in hand with something else here in Colorado: winter weather. The snow, the ice, the frigid temperatures – either you love it or you hate it. There is plenty to do outside in the winter, but it’s not for everyone. Some prefer snuggling up by the fire, hot cocoa in hand, watching the flakes fall where it is warm and cozy.
There aren’t many, if any, people that will tell you the thing they love doing most in the winter is hiring a Boulder moving company and moving. It’s the reason the winter is a slow season for national moving companies in general. Economically, moving in the winter is the best decision you could make! If you must pack up and move in the middle of the winter, here are some tips so that you don’t lose your mind.
Winter weather can often mean slippery conditions. Whether snow or ice, one tiny mistake can lead to a big fall. Before Parker movers show up to load up your belongings on the truck, be sure you spend time making the driveway, side walk, and entry to your home clear of snow and ice. It’s definitely something the movers will appreciate, and so will you. For those stubborn areas of ice you just can’t seem to break up, you’ll want to turn to salt or other ice melting products. Give the product an ample amount of time to break up that stubborn ice, and apply more if the ice doesn’t melt quickly.
Are you going it alone, sans movers? Not only will keeping walks clear of snow and ice help you immensely, so will making sure your vehicle is up to par when it comes to handling the slippery conditions. You’re going to be driving with a heavy load, which actually works in your favor, weighing down the back of the truck or van. However, if there are hills along your route, you’ll want to ensure you have a great set of snow tires along with chains, a shovel, and some sand or kitty litter just in case. Kitty litter? What’s that good for, anyway? Well, if you get stuck, sprinkling a bit of kitty litter on the slippery patch just in front of or behind your tire can give you the traction you need to get unstuck!
Look to the pros.
Most people feel downright depressed thinking about the fact they have to move in the middle of the winter. That’s why choosing a Boulder moving company is the perfect decision. The pros are used to the challenges winter weather can bring to a move. If you decide to go it alone and rent a moving truck, you risk serious injury.
Even if you make it through the packing of the truck unscathed, now you have to negotiate this big rental moving truck through unfamiliar neighborhoods in the snow. If you think it’s tough to pull your sedan out of a slide, imagine doing that with a box truck! Your professional moving company is seasoned pros when it comes to driving that truck in any weather.
We’ve mentioned the all-important ‘Essentials Box’ a time or two here on the blog. In case you didn’t know, the Essentials Box is the last box to get packed up and put on the truck, full of many things you will need first in your new home (think toilet paper, nails and tacks, cleaning supplies, etc.) In the winter, you should also be sure you load up the shovels, salt, and other snow removal essentials last. This way, when you get to your new home, you can be sure the walkways are safe to carry boxes across.
Be conscious of what you’re packing in the truck.
Certain things just won’t make it to your destination in frigid temps. Things like glass bottles full of liquid might freeze and break, especially if this is a long distance move. Be sure that those items susceptible to colder temps are packed up in your temperature-controlled car to avoid any damage. Wrap your electronics with blankets as well to ensure they survive the move just fine. Allow these items to come to room temperature before using them.
Before you chose your new home, you spent a lot of time researching – the neighborhood, the schools, things to do, property taxes – so why would your move be any different? Be sure to watch the weather forecast, being prepared to change plans if a big storm is predicted. If changing plans just isn’t in the cards, don’t sweat it – your moving company can handle it. Just be sure to monitor walkway conditions and keep it as clear as possible for them.
While moving is tough any time of year, it is especially so in the winter. Follow these tips to ensure the entire process is as smooth and painless as possible.