Winter is quickly approaching. For the majority of the states here in the U.S., this means that there will be freezing temperatures and lots of snow. Right here in Illinois, you are looking at an average snowfall of almost 22 inches.
As a general rule, even though it is a busier time of year, most people in Chicago will likely try to move during the summertime when they don’t have to deal with the cold temperatures, snow, and unpredictable forecast. However, there are times when you simply can’t avoid a move during the winter season. When this is the case, how do you plan a winter move?
It will most definitely be an adventure – one that you may never want to undertake again, but here are a few tips that will help you ensure that your winter move is successful.
Start Early in the Day
Since Daylight Savings Time occurs early in November, your days are going to be limited during the wintertime – at least in terms of daylight. Therefore, you will want to take advantage of the daylight by getting started as early in the day as you can.
Therefore, make sure that you are taking loads out to the truck during the day so that you can stay inside and pack at night. This will ensure that you don’t have to worry about slipping and falling in the dark, as sidewalks tend to get slippery once the sun goes down. Plus, there is always the fact that the temperatures are much more pleasurable during the day than at night.
Clear Your Walkways
It has already been mentioned about slipping and falling, but it doesn’t only pertain to nighttime. You could slip and fall during the day as you are carrying the box full of your grandmother’s China out to the moving truck.
Therefore, it is crucial that you clear your walkways of any snow and ice every morning to minimize the risk of you and anyone else that is helping you move of falling. Remember, the risk of a fall increases when you’re carrying something heavy.
Add Extra Protection to Your Fragile Items
When packing your fragile personal belongings, make sure that you add extra protection. The reason for this is because many of them will become extra fragile during the colder temperatures. This will help to reduce the risk of anything breaking during the move. Insulated packing materials should be used when necessary.
If you have something important that could be damaged by cold weather, make sure that it is packed somewhere that will be taken inside the new house immediately upon arrival. This includes electronics, which should be packed in sealed boxes to avoid condensation from developing in the box when the temperature decreases. If condensation develops, it can cause significant water damage or short circuiting.