Moving in Winter!

iciclesMoving in Winter has it’s pluses, not temperature wise for sure, but cost of moving services can be much lower due to less demand, and saving money is always a good thing.  But certainly moving in poor weather conditions of any kind can add more stress to an already stressful situation.  

Our local weathermen do all they can to prepare us for upcoming storms and changing conditions, but taking a few proactive steps on things you can control, just might make the difference between a slippery slidey move and a controlled skid into your new home.

Our friends at Delaney Moving and Storage are more than familiar with the challenges presented with a Winter relocation.  In business since 1988, this family owned company, partnered with United Van Lines, knows something about weather affected moves and offers the following suggestions:

1.  Clear snow from all walkways, driveways and other access areas for moving trucks and movers.  Be sure to treat icy areas with sand or salt and retreat as necessary.  This goes for the house you are moving out of, and the house you are moving into.  Be sure to have this done ahead of their scheduled arrival time so your movers can get to work immediately.

2.  Use plastic sheeting or cardboard in entry ways and high traffic areas.  Use heavy duty tape to adhere floor covering to keep it from moving underfoot

3.  Keep hot drinks and water on hand to help warm up the workers and keep everyone hydrated.

4.  Keep an eye on the weather report and be sure to have a back up plan.  Your professional mover will assist with this as well.

5.  Be sure to have your car serviced prior to moving – fluids topped, brakes and tires checked.  Add emergency items like a shovel, kitty litter (for traction), warm clothes, blanket and snacks.  Consider purchasing a road-side assistance plan if your car insurance doesn’t provide.

6.  Prior to arrival at new location – be sure all utilities are on and working.  Heat, electricity and water will be very appreciated by all.

If you are moving yourself be sure to follow many of the same steps of precaution as above, but keep in mind these additional safety measures:

1.  Keep the area around your moving vehicle and walkways clear and salted or sanded at all times.

2.  Take extra precautions getting in and out of the truck- floors will be slippery and dangerous.

3.  Dress appropriately for the conditions, especially non-slip foot wear, and stay hydrated.

4.  Pack emergency items last or in the main compartment of your moving vehicle.

5.  Be sure your moving truck heater is in working condition before hitting the road to avoid a cold ride and poor defrosting.

6.  Drive with weather and road conditions in mind.  A full truck takes longer to come to a stop than your car.

7.  Take special care of pets – pets cannot be transported in the cargo area.

8.  Share your itinerary with friends and keep a list of emergency numbers and contacts with you.

Working with a professional and experienced mover, or taking extra time and precautions if moving yourself, can make a world of difference on a wintery weather relocation.  Mother Nature doesn’t particularly care about what your plans are, but the folks at Delaney do and so does the Pei Lin Team. Be careful out there– and if you’ve ever had the fortune to move in sloppy conditions, share some of your tips with us here.Moving truck in snow

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