Most people see moving as one of the worst undertakings in the world, and that frustration is compounded in winter.
Although the colder months of the year are slower for home sales, some people are still willing to brave the frigid temperatures to purchase a new house. If you're among the home buyers who aren't deterred by old man winter, you'll have to prepare if you don't want the cold to stall your moving plans or make the endeavor more challenging than it already is.
Here are six tips for relocating when the weather outside is frightful:
1. Check the weather
Snow and sleet are not favorable for moving. If you're attempting to move in a blizzard, you're going to have a bad time, so get an update on the weather for your planned move date.
Several issues can arise if you're moving during a snowstorm:
- It can be more difficult to drive. Moving trucks are harder to handle compared to a car, and this difficulty is amplified during inclement weather. Snow and ice make the road slick, and trucks take more time to stop.
- Your belongings can be damaged. Electronics and some antique wood possessions can be affected if they become wet because of snow.
- You'll have a harder time loading the truck. Inclement weather can also make your walkway and truck ramp slick, which isn't good when you're lifting heavy objects.
If a snowstorm threatens to ruin your moving date, reschedule if possible.
2. Account for delays
Even if it's not currently snowing, you'll need to drive the moving truck slower in case there is black ice left on the road. Also, you may run into more traffic congestion as other drivers slide on the pavement. When determining the time at which you want to move, allow extra time for your reduced speed and any other obstacles.
3. Keep supplies handy
There are various tools and other supplies that should be available during your move. Here are some things you don't want to pack:
- Towels: If there's snow, you don't want your moving team tracking mud into your old or new house. Put down towels for everyone to wipe their feet. If you leave one on the floor by the door, it will wipe off the dolly wheels as boxes are brought in. Also, use towels to wipe off the truck ramp so no one slips.
- Shovel and salt: Use the shovel to remove any snow that's in the path of your moving team. Follow up with salt to prevent ice formation.
- Ice brush and scraper: If snow is coming down, you'll need to clear the windows on the truck.
4. Keep the heat running
Have the heat turned on at both properties. If possible, leave the door open to allow for a consistent temperature as you move. When your body switches between hot and cold often, you're more likely to become fatigued. Just be sure you check the home inspection report when you find a house to ensure the furnace is in working order.
5. Dress in layers
Although it's cold outside, moving is sweaty work. Wear layers so you can gradually remove them if you start to become hot from all the manual labor. This tip can also help with regulating your body temperature.
6. Don't work alone
The pavement is slick in winter, and you don't want to lift heavy objects alone in these conditions. Call a few friends to help with your move and supply some hot chocolate and pizza as payment.