6 Winter Moving Tips and Tricks
With the Farmersâ€™ Almanac predicting winter to be piercing,
bitterly and biting cold, two-thirds of the country is bracing for a
colder-than-normal season. Just the thought of having to move house in these
conditions sends a shiver down the spine, but as the housing market is on the
rebound and with Americans moving at least 8.2 times in their lifetime, the
dreaded task of relocating is one that many will be faced with during this cold
Here are some moving tips if youâ€™re planning on moving during the
coldest season of the year:
1. Pack items as usual with one caveat. Make
sure any temperature sensitive items (plants, anything that can freeze, etc.)
are well protected and kept from exposure. Most trucks are not temperature
controlled so special care and thought should be given to protecting these items
in transport if they will be in transit for long periods.
appropriately. You'll be back and forth, in and out of cold weather, and
probably breaking a sweat regardless. Wear layers that can be easily added or
removed as your temperature fluctuates throughout the day.
3. Prepare for
the elements. Icy sidewalks and steps, poor driving conditions and the elements
in general can make moving a box across the street a challenging adventure. Be
prepared with the proper attire and footwear, or even rock salt and sand to
cover icy areas. And don't forget to put down mats by the door of your home to
help reduce the dirt and snow tracked in.
4. Monitor and be flexible.
Some natural events cannot be avoided â€“ and an unexpected blizzard may force you
to reschedule your move. Staying on top of the weather forecasts and staying in
communication with your moving company (or moving help) will help you prepare
for any last minute changes you might require, including rescheduling a move in
5. Keep warmth within reach. Pack a separate box or bag of cold
weather gear â€“ including extra blankets and warm clothing. Make sure to have
your car checked if you will be moving long distance so you can avoid any
breakdowns in the frigid middle of nowhere. And make sure to contact all the
utility companies to ensure you'll have properly functioning heat and hot water
when you arrive at your new home. You don't want to spend your first night
6. Pack and organize extra early. The more organized you are,
the more efficiently you will complete your move. Why spend more time outside
than necessary?Source: FlatRate Moving
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