Moving in the wintertime has lots of advantages, but if you’re not fully prepared, it can also have quite a few setbacks. To ensure your move is safe and timely, it’s always wise to be aware of any potential issues in advance so you can take necessary precautions to avoid them.
Here are five ways you can smoothly perform a winter move with little hassle.
Clear Away Any Snow
It’s important to have shovels on hand to remove any snow and ice along pathways leading to your home before the movers arrive. Slippery conditions can result in damaged goods and also injured movers. So always ensure that any walkways and stairs are cleared and salted so that dollies, carts, and movers can move about without the risk of falling.
Winterize Your New Home
Before you move into your new home, you should arrange to have it winterized and prepped in advanced. Something people commonly forget is to have the heat and electricity arranged and turned on a few days before arrival. There’s nothing worse than being stuck without any heat during the winter, even for a few days. So this is an important one to remember!
It’s also imperative to arrange for the snow to be cleared away with salted pathways to make it safe and easy for movers to transport your items into your new home. If you’re moving out of town, ask the rental agent to help you winterize your new home before you arrive, or talk to your moving company about what they offer in regards to this.
Protect Your Home
You can use cardboard, plastic sheeting, and old strips of carpet to protect your flooring and carpets from water and salt. Just make sure that the protective layer is taped down so that no one trips on any loose edges.
Moving can take a few hours, and when you’re constantly moving from the warm indoors to the cold outdoors, you could become susceptible to exhaustion and even frostbite if you don’t bundle up properly. Make sure to wear appropriate gear to stay warm. It’s also helpful to have some hot beverages on hand to keep everyone warm when it’s time for a break.
Leave It To The Professionals
When it comes to moving, the pros have the experience to get the job done safely during the wintertime. They have all the equipment, supplies, and materials to safeguard your belongings and prevent injuries. So let the professionals do the work and take care of the process for you.
Have A Backup Plan
Always have a backup plan in case a storm blows in. Talk to the moving company to find out what their policies are about weather conditions and rescheduling. You should also talk to your realtor in advance about what to do in case of bad weather. You may be able to arrange a few extra days between your scheduled move for any last-minute problems.
If you’re wondering how to perform a winter move smoothly, our team At Ottawa Moving Logistics can help. Our team of expert movers is fully trained and insured to move you and your belongings in the wintertime with safely, efficiently and without any hassle. Contact us today to learn more.