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20 Important and Useful Winter Moving Tips
Whether you are moving for the first time or an experienced mover, you might have often heard suggestions like moving during the off-season, particularly winters can help you save money. But winter brings cold, ice and snow, which are not nice at all. Unless you are enjoying a ski holiday in France, or just making a snowman with the kids, these elements of winter can present a real hazard when moving.
Moving Locally or Long Distance Across the Country?Whether you are hiring local movers or long distance movers to handle your upcoming relocation, these professionals are experienced with winter moving. But if you are planning to move yourself with a rented moving truck, which is considered among the cheapest way to move across the country, then caution is important especially when loading your moving truck rental, and also, when driving the truck in extreme weather conditions. No matter what method you choose, everyone should stay alert to avoid potential hazards since moving during winter is more dangerous for individuals who are not accustomed to the frigid temperatures.
- First and foremost, always wear gloves, no matter whether you feel cold or not. The gloves will keep your hands warm, plus they will protect the hands from cuts and scratches while moving and loading boxes into the rental truck. Avoid wearing mitts when carrying your boxes, Mitts are also awkward for carrying items.
- Keep your head warm by wearing a hat, or at the very least, wear a headband across the ears (or use an earmuff) to keep the ears from becoming frostbitten. If you cannot put a heater in the moving rental while loading, keep your hat on to keep the warmth in.
- Always remember to be particularly careful with your children and pets. Young children and pets are more susceptible to freezing. The best course will be to leave them with your friends or family during the move. For long distance moves, talk to your vet about safely transporting your pets in the winter. Remember, that pets cannot ride in the cargo area of the truck.
- In case of winter moving with snow and ice, always wear footwear with proper traction. Summer-style shoes will be a problem.
- If it is quite slushy and sloppy with wet snow outside, then line your boots with plastic bags for extra insulation against the wet on your skin. Be careful when you climb into the back of the moving truck. Your boots will be slippery and you certainly don't want to fall and hurt yourself.
- Always keep a bag of essentials close by when moving, especially if you are moving from a warmer area to a colder climate so that you have them ready when you arrive and start unpacking the moving truck. Items that you should carry are gloves, hats, scarves, boots, socks, an extra sweater, a warm jacket, and maybe long underwear. Keep them nearby in the cab of the truck and do not pack the bag deep in the moving truck with your regular clothes.
- Keep the back area of the moving truck clear of snow and ice. If required, use salt to prevent ice buildup. The ice around the tail of the rental truck can be very dangerous. One slip and you can fall under the truck, or smash your head and face against the truck. So, make sure to shovel the area where the moving truck is parked, and keep the work area down to the bare pavement or ground, if possible.
- Shovel the walkway for you and your friends, and if you have hired local or long distance movers then for the moving crew who are traveling to and from the truck. This not only aids in everyone's safety but also keeps the area clean, allowing everyone to walk faster than they would be able to when trodding through deep snow. Further, if the area is kept clean from snow, the snow will not be transferred into the back of the moving truck, which makes the floor inside the truck slippery and dangerous to walk upon.
- While moving boxes and getting into the house for more boxes, watch for water on the floor from melted snow. Slipping on wet shoes will cause the feet to hydroplane knocking you off balance and giving your body a real jolt.
- As for your plants, they will probably not survive the trip in the cold. The storage part of the truck will not be warm enough to keep them safe. If you are moving from a warmer climate to a colder climate, make sure the plants are easily accessible in the moving truck or other vehicles, so that you can get them into the new home as quickly as possible. Even in a heated rental vehicle, the plants should be covered with plastic to avoid drafts when opening and closing the doors of the truck.
- Another most important and useful tip for winter moving is to carry flares and reflector triangles in the truck. In case, the moving truck slides off the road, you have a way to notify others of your predicament.
- As for driving moving truck during winters, the best course is, of course, to let professional movers do it for you. However, if you are planning to drive yourself, drive the moving truck slowly and cautiously. Even if you have experience in driving in the winter, driving a moving truck is considerably different than driving your own vehicle. Many things can factor into a potential accident, like for example, the moving truck is heavier, which means more braking distance is required. The snow and ice further complicate this fact, so even more, the distance will be needed to properly brake on time. Also, the moving truck is most likely longer than your vehicle, which poses a problem especially when parking near snowbanks.
- Check the rental moving truck before leaving the lot to make sure that the heater is in proper working order. Nothing could be worse than travelling for miles with no heat on your body, and no way to remove the frost and fog from the windshield.
- While moving long distance across the country, if you are using a truck rental in an extreme temperature climate, and you are staying in that temperature overnight, make sure the moving truck has a block heater installed. This may be the only way you will be assured of starting the truck the next morning in the cold.
- When carrying heavy items in the snow, make sure to have an extra person as a spotter. The spotter can help guide others to the moving truck, while at the same time help out if someone goes down, or the box slips before reaching the truck. If you are moving any special item like a piano, then it is better you hire specialty movers instead of doing it yourself. Pianos are delicate as well as heavy, and there are plenty of reasons you need to hire professionals to move your piano and not try doing it yourself.
- Keep bottles of water handy so that everyone stays hydrated. Even though it is cold, the body is still working extra and needs water for replenishment.
- When travelling in the moving truck, always keep a shovel for getting out of snowbanks. A bag of salt will also be useful in case you need added traction to get the truck out of an icy spot. Lastly, ask the truck rental agency about whether any tire chains are required. In a few areas and times of the year, chains are mandatory.
- When unpacking your belongings after having been in the cold for some time, it is best to let your china, crystal and any other glassware sit in the box until it comes up to room temperature. If you must unpack the items while cold, do so gingerly, as the cold will undoubtedly cause the glass to crack and break. This is because the cold makes the glass brittle. To simplify the unpacking process, you can use our guide to unpack after the move.
- Finally, take your time when moving on ice and snow because accidents happen without warning. Slow down, take precautions, and err on the safe side. And be sure to take breaks indoors where you can warm up and start again refreshed.
- And if you have hired professional movers to handle your winter moving, then make sure to check in with your movers a week and even after a day or two before the move since weather can be unpredictable during winters.
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