Posted Feb 2, 2015

6 Tips for Moving When it’s Snowing

Moving is usually a stressful enough endeavor without the added challenge of bad weather. Rain, sleet, and snow can quickly put a damper on a moving day.

6 Tips for Moving When It's Snowing

Moving in inclement weather means transporting all of your belongings through a frigid and moist environment, and if you’re not careful, some of your belongings can get water damage without you realizing it– just what you need to add to your already pricey moving expenses. If it is snowing on moving day, you can make your move much easier with these 6 tips:

1. Have Hot Beverages On Hand

Moving in the snow means you, and those helping you, will inherently be exposed to a day of cold weather, so safety and warmth should always be a priority.

6 Tips for Moving When It's Snowing - have hot Beverages on Hand

Having an adequate supply of hot beverages such as coffee, tea, or hot chocolate as well as lots of water to ward off dehydration, helps keep everyone warm and ensures that nobody gets harmed by the elements on moving day.

Store hot beverages in a thermos that will allow them to retain their warmth for a long period of time. Make sure that these drinks are easily accessible to those involved in your move.

If you don’t have these supplies readily available, stop by your local coffeehouse and buy a jug of coffee or tea to share– your fellow movers will thank you.

2. Seal Up Your Belongings

No one likes opening a box and finding the contents soggy and drenched in snow. Even if your boxes fold up or have a lid, make sure to seal them when moving in inclement weather.

6 Tips for Moving When It's Snowing - Seal Up Your Belongings

Use packaging tape to block any cracks or holes in the corners. That way, your belongings are less likely to be exposed to precipitation.

Similarly, make sure to lay down barriers when packing your vehicle. If you’ve been tromping snow and mud around the back of your moving van or truck, setting a cardboard box directly on the floor isn’t the best idea. Instead, put down a tarp or blanket on the floor to separate boxes from the slush.

3. Dress Appropriately

Again, safety is key when moving in cold weather. Dressing properly will ensure that your moving party staves off hypothermia and frostbite.

6 Tips for Moving When It's Snowing - Dress Appropriately

With the snow coming down, you’ll want to make sure you and your moving companions are all wearing multiple layers, including coats, gloves, hats, and waterproof boots. Of course, this means you shouldn’t pack these items before you move– digging for your gloves on a cold day is not fun.

Have clothes and items you’ll need on moving day easily accessible. Also, keep extra pairs of gloves and hats available for those who may have forgotten them.

4. Check Your Truck

If you rent a truck or moving van, you never know where there could be small leaks. Before you load up the vehicle, inspect for holes in the ceiling and walls where snow may enter the storage space.

6 Tips for Moving When It's Snowing - Check Your Truck

Seal these holes up with packaging tape. You can easily remove the tape before returning the truck.

5. Have A Back-Up Plan

If worst comes to worst, you may find yourself unable to move due to extremely bad weather. Moving companies may opt not to send out trucks if they’re concerned the vehicles will get stuck or stranded in the snow, though this likely means those moving into your apartment are in a similar predicament.6 Tips for Moving When It's Snowing - Have a Back-Up Plan

If you have to cancel your move, at least make sure to have the necessary items available to get by, such as food, clothes, and bedding. Even if you have to camp out in your old place, lying in sleeping bags and snacking on stale cereal, it’s better than sitting around in the cold unsure of what to do.

6. Clear A Path

Slipping on ice while moving a heavy sofa or bookshelf can result in serious injury, and potentially ruin your furniture (say goodbye to that beautiful finish).

6 Tips for Moving When It's Snowing - Clear a Path

Before you start filling up the car, make sure to shovel out a clear path that leads to your loading area. Put down salt and sand in areas that are particularly prone to icing over. You’ll also want to pave a path for unloading your belongings.

If you are the first to arrive at your new abode, take a shovel and find the most efficient path from where your moving team will be parked. Again, keep an eye out for icy areas that may be hazardous.

If the floor inside looks as if it will be slippery when wet, put down some old towels by the threshold to minimize the amount of water that gets inside.

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Stacee is the Content Manager at Lovely. She is an ice cream connoisseur who loves traveling, baking, and animals. Her guilty pleasures are karaoke and Flaming Hot Cheetos.

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2 responses to “6 Tips for Moving When it’s Snowing”

  1. Fantastic ideas! In my opinion, all of them are equal and one should carefully prepare each of them in order to make his/her moving efficient and smooth.

  2. Drew says:

    It’s also important to stay hydrated. It’s easy to not realize that you are getting dehydrated when it is cold old. Thanks for the great tips!

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