Winter is upon us, and while it might not be the most popular season for moving, it offers some distinct advantages. Many moving companies experience an off-season during these colder months, which can mean more flexibility and availability for your schedule. However, winter also brings its own set of challenges, particularly in 39 out of 50 states where temperatures often dip below freezing, accompanied by heavy snowfall. Here are some essential tips to help you navigate a winter move smoothly.
1.Schedule and Confirm Your Move Early
The off-season advantage means more availability, but don’t wait until the last minute. Book your moving date at least 2-3 weeks in advance. Once booked, follow up a week before the move to confirm details. Most movers will reach out to you with a confirmation call or text the day before, ensuring you have ample time to prepare.
2. Stay Alert to Weather Changes
Winter weather can be unpredictable. Keep a close eye on the forecast leading up to your move. In case of severe weather, like blizzards, which might disrupt your plans, stay in communication with your moving company. They typically have contingency plans for rescheduling or rerouting in extreme conditions.
3. Clear all Sidewalks, driveways, and streets.
Nothing can be more dangerous then carrying a couch, or a heavy piece of furniture in a pile of snow, or an icy sidewalk. Make sure that all pathways, and driveways that lead to the home are salted, shoveled, or snow blown. That way you can ensure the protection of the movers, as well as your furniture and delicate items.
4. Double pack your delicate items, and electronics.
SCold weather can make certain items like electronics and fragile objects more susceptible to damage. Double-pack these items to retain warmth and consider transporting them in your personal vehicle, especially if they risk being left in a cold truck overnight.
5. Protect your floors.
You want to make sure that your home stays clean, and all carpets or hardwood floors are protected. There will be people walking in, and out, and there may be snow, salt, and water that is tracked into your home that is definitely not wanted. To protect your floors, and carpets. You can grab a couple of cheap plastic tarps from the nearest hardware stores, and lay floor mats down at every outside door. You also can ask your moving company if they provide any floor protection, they often do, and will just add it as an extra materials charge.
6. Consider Turning the heat off.
When you have movers coming, it may be a good idea to have your heat turned off. They will be going in and out and often doors will be left open. Your poor heater will be working so hard to keep up the heat, and your bill will go out dramatically as well. Your best bet is to turn the heat off for the day, and maybe get a space heater for one or two rooms. ( Tip: The bathroom is a great spot for one!)
7. Check the utilities at your new home.
Nothing is worse than having no heat or lights in the dead of winter. It is bad for the movers to move your furniture in the dark, and when you add the cold into the mix as well…No thank you! Make sure that all your utilities are on, and working before the start of your move. We recommend getting everything turned on about 2 days before your move.
8. Board your pets.
If you have any pets, cats or dogs, it may not be a good idea to have them running around while a bunch of new people are around dismantling, and moving furniture. Moving can be stressful on your pets, and if you followed tip 6, and turned the heat off, it may be worse. We recommend bring your fur baby to a friend’s home, or a kennel. Often if you decide to go the kennel route we recommend you make sure there are heated runs, and heated floors. Also there are one or two day discounts as well so make sure to ask!
9. Be flexible and stay on the side of caution.
Moving can already be stressful, and winter weather only adds to the possible complications. The movers can not control the weather, and are probably colder than you are. So please be flexible, if the roads are not save don’t risk your possessions, and the lives of your movers. A small delay may not be ideal in the moment, but they can overall be a better idea for everyone. The office normally has a back up plan for when things like this happen so it should not be to much of a problem to reschedule the other half of your move.
10. Show Appreciation Through Tips
Moving companies don’t change there rates in the winter, so there are no rewards for your mover to be expecting. But having to deal with snow, ice, and wind can be very discouraging during the winter months. Thank them for coming out, and show your appreciation by giving them a good tip to reinforce your appreciation.
Moving during winter has its advantages and challenges. With proper planning and precautions, you can enjoy a smooth and efficient moving experience. Remember, preparation and flexibility are your best tools against winter’s unpredictability. Good luck with your move, and stay warm!
Moving during the winter in Pennsylvania presents unique challenges and opportunities that require careful planning and consideration. Pennsylvania winters are known for their cold temperatures, often accompanied by snow and ice, which can make the moving process more complex. However, with fewer people opting to move during this season, it can also be a time when moving services are more readily available and potentially more affordable.
One of the primary concerns when moving in winter in Pennsylvania is the weather. Snowfall and icy conditions can not only make travel hazardous but can also complicate loading and unloading your belongings. It’s crucial to keep a close eye on the weather forecast and have a flexible plan. Always ensure walkways, driveways, and access roads are cleared of snow and ice to ensure the safety of everyone involved. Using salt or sand can provide additional traction and reduce the risk of slips and falls. In case of a major snowstorm, be prepared to reschedule your move. Most moving companies are understanding and flexible under such circumstances, given the commonality of such weather in Pennsylvania.
Another aspect to consider is the protection of your belongings. Cold temperatures can affect certain items, particularly electronics, which are susceptible to damage from extreme cold. It’s advisable to pack these items with extra insulation and, if possible, transport them in a heated vehicle. For your new home, verify that all utilities, especially heating, are set up