Read Our Top 7 Strategies for Safer Moves in Winter
Moving is stressful at the best of times, and to many people, adding winter weather into the mix sounds like a recipe for disaster. It’s colder, it’s darker, and it’s wetter. If you’re in the Lower Mainland, you’ll need to be prepared for rain or hail, and if you’re anywhere else in Canada, you’ll probably have to break out the snow shovels. Let’s face it – you’d much rather curl up with a hot drink and a cosy blanket than move in wintertime!
But moving during the winter isn’t all bad. In fact, there are benefits to it! Since so many people move in the spring and summer months, it can be easier to schedule a moving company during your days off. If your plans change, there’s more flexibility there, too. And by taking a few simple steps, you can help ensure that your winter move goes just as smoothly as a move that happens when the sun is shining. Here are our 7 top tips for moving safely in winter
#1 Pay attention to the Weather forecast – at both ends of your move
Winter weather can be unpredictable, so it’s a good idea to monitor the forecast closely in the days leading up to your move. Freezing rain and significant snowfall cannot only make hauling boxes unpleasant, they can cause road closures or accidents. If it looks like a winter storm is going to roll in the same day you’re planning to roll out, it’s better to err on the side of safety! Remember, many moving companies are less busy during the winter months, so you may be able to reschedule more easily. Also keep in mind that if you are moving from North to South even though you may not expect snow or freezing rain further south, heavy rains, flooding and weather road closures are still a facet of winter weather even in California and other “sunshine” destinations.
#2 Clear the Way and make sure there is no ice on the walkways
Slippery sidewalks and pathways are one of the biggest risks associated with a winter move. The potential for bruises and broken bones goes up dramatically when the path to your door is covered with snow or ice, and so does the potential for damaged furniture or valuables. Stop an accident in its tracks by removing snow and ice from your walkways and laying down salt or sand. Ensuring that the pathways are clear at both your old home and your new home is a great way to start your move off on the right foot.
#3 Cover your floors
We’ve talked about making sure there’s a safe path outside your home, but what about inside? Snow, water, mud, and other debris can often find their way inside during a move, which means your floor could become a slippery mess before you know it. A great way to prevent indoor slip-ups is to lay down scraps of carpet. Don’t have time to find carpet scraps before the move? No problem! If you’ve got any leftover cardboard boxes, just flatten them and toss them on the floor of high-traffic areas. Improved indoor traction is only a step away.
#4 Protect Your Possessions
Since you’ll be dealing with more extreme weather in wintertime, it’s important to take extra steps to protect your property. Rapid temperature changes can cause dishes to crack or shatter, so it’s a good idea to add extra insulation and padding. Prevent damage caused by rain and snow soaking through cardboard boxes by surrounding vulnerable items with plastic. Trans Canada Movers protects your furniture from the elements by wrapping it in specialized moving blankets, so you can rest assured it will arrive safely.
#5 Always Be Prepared
Yes, it is the motto of the Boy Scouts and for good reason. Life can be full of surprises, so it’s always a good idea to have a backup plan (or two, or three). Stash some emergency supplies and winter gear in your car, along with the contact information for your family members and close friends. Make sure your car is winter weather ready, including appropriate tires for the weather conditions. By planning for the best and preparing for the worst, you’ll be ready to take on whatever winter throws your way! If you are moving from someplace with mild winters to a full up snowy winter wonderland, remember that you may legally need snow tires on your car. Check with the local CAA/AAA branch and be sure to have them on speed dial if you end up needing a tow or jumpstart.
#6 Wear Layers, and Drink Up!
It’s easy to focus on protecting your furniture and floors, but taking good care of yourself is just as important. You’ll likely be moving between the chill of the outdoors and the toasty warmth of your new home at least a few times during the day. Dressing in layers allows you to easily adapt to the changing temperatures. Of course, having a hot drink or two can also help keep the shivers at bay. Bring on the Tim Hortons!
#7 Put Your Trust in the Professionals
If you’ve never driven a moving truck before, you may not want to learn how when the road conditions are less than optimal. The best way to make your winter move safer is by trusting the professionals at Trans Canada Movers. We’ve been helping Canadians move for over 20 years, rain or shine. If you’d like to get a free quote or schedule your winter move, contact us today!