Moving is known to be one of life’s top stressors. And moving during the winter months can easily ramp up the stress level. From lots of rain or snow, not to mention windstorms, icy roads, and cold temperatures, moving during the winter might be more challenging than moving at other times of year. Here are some tips for moving house in winter.
It’s not just moving-day-weather you have to be concerned about. During winter months, the weather is unpredictable. You wake up one morning on the day you planned to pick up legal papers, do moving-related errands, and touch base with the realtor, only to find it seriously hailing outside. Be flexible – on days when outside activities need to be postponed, focus on decluttering the basement before packing things into moving boxes.
Keep tabs on long-term forecasts. They can be helpful especially one to two weeks before moving day if meteorologists are predicting a significant storm on the day you have to move. If you’re concerned about the unsettled weather heading your way, contact the Vancouver moving company you hired and share your concerns. Vancouver movers are skilled at conducting residential moves during all kinds of weather. The company might assure you that it’s something they can handle or they’ll suggest rescheduling.
Get Your Homes Moving-Day Ready
Whether you’re DIY moving or you’ve hired a professional Vancouver moving company, before moving day it will be easier for everyone involved if you spend time preparing for people entering and exiting your home and property. Ensure access to the house is free and clear. De-ice walkways and the driveway. Identify and address other obstacles that will interfere with the getting in the way of transporting boxes and furniture from the house to the moving truck.
Go through the same process at your new place. When they arrive, the movers will need an unobstructed path from the moving van to the entry door.
Dress for Success
When moving day arrives, dress appropriately. You want to wear items of clothing that will keep you cozy and are comfortable and easy to move around in. Anticipate the changes of temperature when working around the house doing last minute things and going outside to the car by wearing layers that you can put on and take off as required. If you’re self-moving, layers will definitely come in handy. Don’t forget about your feet – keep them warm and comfortable with toasty socks and well-fitting shoes or boots with flat heals.
Get Your Vehicle Serviced
It doesn’t matter whether you’re relocating from Vancouver to somewhere else in the province or to a new city in the lower mainland, take the time to get your vehicle serviced. Even on a short-distance move, you don’t want to be conked out by the side of the road waiting for help on moving day. Especially if you’ll be driving on the highway in the mountains, make sure you have the right tires, the brakes have been checked, and the vehicle is properly equipped with emergency equipment.
Don’t Pack all Cleaning Supplies or Bedding
If it’s raining or snowing on moving day and moving in day, people will be trekking the outside into both the old and new houses. Don’t pack all your sheets, heavy blankets, and quilts, and keep some cleaning supplies available to mop up messy floors. Use bedding as protective covers for furniture when the weather isn’t cooperating.
Extra Travel Time
Allow plenty of extra travel time – driving in snow, rain or fog always takes longer. When meeting the moving van at your new home, keep in touch the moving company’s driver to let them know of any delays.
Get Ready to Move In before Moving Out
Before moving day actually arrives, make sure that your new home is ready for you to move into.
Set up utilities ahead of time. There might not be snow on the ground, but to be comfortable your first night in the new house, you will need heat, water, and electricity.