Moving to a new home in the winter months poses special challenges. If your destination is Houston, you can expect milder weather and the challenges won’t be as daunting. But if you are moving from a state with harsher winter weather, the conditions will definitely affect your moving process. Here are some winter moving tips to lessen the impact of snow, ice, and cold.
Clear a Path - If you are moving in the wintertime, the most important task will be to clear a path from your home to the moving vans (or whatever transportation you are using). Rake leaves, remove snow, or clear out whatever might impede progress. If there is a threat of snow or ice, throw rock salt or ice-melt on the walkway. Doing so will prevent falls.
Guard Against the Elements - Winter moving can be messy. Snow, slush, and mud can easily be dragged into your home, ruining carpets and floors. Protect them with non-slip materials. Carboard will work, as will plastic with some type of grip on it.
Secure Your Belongings - When moving in snow or in icy conditions, it is especially important to securely pack your belongings in sturdy boxes. Don’t overpack boxes and make sure they can hold the weight of whatever is in them. Protect your fragile items by wrapping them in bubble wrap, newspaper, or other protective materials. Items such as electronics should also be insulated from the elements, as they are sensitive to moisture and cold temperatures.
Be Wary of Time - Don’t forget that winter months provide fewer hours of daylight, so you need to plan your move accordingly. You might have to start early so you can finish before daylight fades (temperatures will drop then, too).
Dress Appropriately - Winter moving—especially moving in snow—requires the right clothing and shoes. Wear close-toed shoes with good tread on them. Layer your clothes. Even though it might be cold, you will generate a lot of heat hauling boxes and furniture. Remove or add layers to make yourself comfortable. Don’t forget hats, gloves, and hand warmers.
Energize Yourself – Here is a valuable moving tip no matter what season it is: start the day with a nutritious breakfast. You will need the energy once you start packing and moving your belongings. It’s important to stay hydrated in winter months, too. Coffee and hot chocolate might warm you up, but you should drink plenty of water as well.
Take it Slow - Snow and ice require that you take your time moving stuff from one place to another. If you are in a rush, you can slip and fall, potentially injuring yourself and/or damaging your belongings. You should allow for extra time to make your way through wintry conditions.
Pay Attention to Symptoms - Regardless of how much time you actually spend outside during the moving process, you should know the symptoms for overexposure to cold temperatures. Warning signs for hypothermia include shivering, slurred speech, shallow breathing, and weak pulse. Be constantly aware—symptoms usually come on gradually.
Don’t Forget the Pets - Your pets will already be stressed about the move, so make them as comfortable as possible. In addition to keeping them warm and dry, pay extra attention to them to help relieve their stress and anxiety.
If you follow these winter moving tips, you can increase your chances of a stress-free move, despite the challenges posed by winter weather.