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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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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