Moving In The Winter? The Do's And Don'ts To Follow

How can you make your winter-time move easier? Take a look at these tips for moving during the coldest months of the year.

Do Schedule Your Move Now

You don't need to wait until the spring or summer to move. Even though the winter brings cold, snow, and ice, you can still schedule this service. While the mover's schedule may not fill up quickly during the off-peak (winter) season, you still need to think ahead. Contact your future mover as soon as you have a move-out/move-in date—especially if you need to move around the holidays or on a weekend.

Don't Leave Snow or Ice on Walkways

Reduce the risks of snow or ice-related slip and falls with a few simple steps. If the walkways, driveway, or steps are covered in ice and snow, shovel the area before the movers arrive. Use rock salt or a similar de-icing product to keep all outdoor walkway areas clear.

Do Ask About Cancellation Policies

When you schedule the move, ask the company about snow or cold weather policies. A blizzard, icy roads, or sub-zero temperatures could interfere with your move date. You'll need to know when and how to re-schedule a canceled move before the day arrives.

Don't Let Pets Roam Free

Your dog or cat could easily sneak out an open door mid-move. Cold winter weather can cause chapped skin, disorientation, or worse, according to the ASPCA. Avoid an escape and keep your cats or dogs away from entry doors. A separate room with a door that tightly closes or a carrier (for short moves) can eliminate this type of issue.

If you don't have a separate space to keep your pet or don't feel comfortable crating them, ask a friend to watch your dog or cat during the move. Kennels and pet daycares are other out-of-the-house options to consider for your moving day.

Do Protect Your Home

Even though you've already cleared walkways, steps, and other outdoor areas, it's still possible for the movers to track snow, ice, or ice melting products inside. This could ruin carpeting or permanently mark wooden floors. Whether you need to keep your old home in pristine condition for the next owner/tenant or you want to protect your new investment, cover floors and entry areas with tarps or another protective layer.

Don't Forget About Clean Towels

What happens if the protective cover or tarp moves out of place? You can quickly clean winter weather messes—provided you have towels in easy reach. Leave a few clean towels out just in case you need to soak up melted snow.