Summer is the most popular season for moving. The weather and the roads are clear, school is out, employees take vacations, and long weekends are plentiful. Sometimes, however, necessity dictates a winter move.
Moving in winter is definitely possible, but you’ll need to prepare a little more in order to make the move as safe and as warm as possible. If you’re moving your home or business during the winter months, this guide will help you know what to plan for.
A major part of planning ahead is keeping track of the weather forecast for your moving date. Ideally, you’ll move on a clear day with no snow or winter rain in the forecast.
When you call your moving truck rental company to reserve a vehicle, express your concerns about the unpredictability of winter driving. Plan to rent on the appointed day, but ask the rental company how they handle moving reservations for bad weather, and if you can set up a “back up” date just in case a winter storm hits.
It’s also best to ask for and attend any tutorials available on driving a rental truck, especially in the winter time.
You should also make your time of day flexible as well. Plan to start early in the day to maximize daylight hours. Since the sun sets early in the evening, moving into the night can be more challenging.
On the day before the move, visit the new location (your new home or business place) to prepare for the bustle of moving. Make sure you:
You’ll also want to take the time to prepare your old residence for moving out. It’s best to turn down the heat, protect the floors, and transfer utilities.
In addition to clearing stairs and walks at both ends of the move, you’ll want to stay on top of snow removal in other areas as well. In the days leading up to the move, make sure you:
You should also take time to make sure snow is cleared properly along your planned route. If one road is too slick or snowy to safely drive on, plan a different route—even if it will take longer.
Even if the weather forecast is perfect, surprises happen. It could start to rain or snow when you’re moving furniture and boxes. To help prepare for this possibility, keep a box of towels, sheets, and blankets handy to throw over delicate items as they are being carried into the house.
Finally, after preparing for the safety of the vehicle, movers and helpers, and your belongings, you should also consider the comfort of the people executing the move. It’s best to keep some warm winter essentials consistently available, including:
Moving in winter can be a good way to save money with off-season prices for houses, rental spaces, and moving help. Prepare for the extra hassle, and you winter move will be a success.
For more information on renting a truck for your home or business move, contact us at Elite Truck Rental.
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