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Surviving a Winter Move

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Moving during the winter months can be challenging!

Winter conditions, such as icy roads, snow, and slush, in conjunction with very few hours of daylight, can make moving difficult. But not to worry, our skillful team is prepared and geared up with suitable equipment and experience, and will work hard to ensure a seamless winter move.

The winter season is a special time for many, filled with holiday cheer, family gatherings, and moments by the fire with a cozy cup of hot cocoa. Moving during the winter months shouldn’t mean interrupting these lovely times!

The team at Zip Moving & Storage has put together a few easy steps to ensure a safe, efficient, and cost-effective move during the winter season!

Tips for winter moving

Hire a Moving Company

If there’s ever a time to hire professional movers, this is it! 

To have an easy and stress-free relocation, calling the pros is the way to go. Moving professionals will pack all of your belongings and safely relocate them to your new house. Hiring professionals will also circumvent the risk of friends or family slipping and falling on icy sidewalks and seriously hurting themselves!

Experienced movers are thoroughly trained and have a ton of experience carrying out moves during both the hot summer days and the cold winter months. Movers will be equipped with proper gear and professional equipment, ensuring the best care of your furniture and boxes as they are packed, transported, and unloaded at your new destination.

Lower Moving Costs

If you’re on a tight budget, winter is the perfect season to relocate while not breaking the bank!

Winter tends to be a slower season for moving companies, and that means less expensive moving costs for you. It also means more flexibility when deciding your move date and time!

Shovel and Salt Driveway

Ice and snow can cause hiccups in your move. Consider setting your alarm a bit earlier and shoveling the pathways to your home and your driveway. Don’t forget to use an ice melter or salt any ice that can pose a safety risk. This eliminates the hazard for movers of slipping and falling when carrying boxes and furniture.

Protect Your Belongings from the Weather

Protect Your Belongings from the Weather

Extra attention must be paid to your fragile items, such as glasses and dishware, as they become more fragile and prone to breaking in the cold. 

To avoid that from happening, double wrap fragile items with bubble wrap and blankets before packing, ensuring no breakage happens while in transit. 

Additionally, try and wrap boxes in a tarp. There may be ice on the ground, so this is a great back up plan in case of a fall.

Electronics and water don’t agree, so place them in a sealed plastic bag before packing them in a box. Label boxes with electronics correctly to ensure extra attention during handling.

Protect Your Floors

The frequent in and out by the movers will bring in moisture, snow, and dirt, and you definitely want to protect your floors from stains, scratches, or the need to clean your house again.

Lay down various plastic sheets, tarps, or old carpets around the house, creating a clear path to the front door.

If you’re using a shipping container for your move, you may also want to use plastic sheeting to line the container. If the box will be stored for some period of time before you move into your new house, it is very important that there is no moisture inside the box once it is closed.

Keep Winter Essentials in Your Car

First, make sure your car is ready to go for your big move. Keep an extra supply of blankets, sweaters, hats, gloves, and scarves, since you’ll most likely get cold being outside all day.

Tire chains and ice scrapers are also a must. It’s always better to be over-prepared than underprepared, especially in the unpredictable weather of the winter season.

Take Good Care of Your Movers

Moving in winter weather is much more difficult than in the summer. To thank your movers for all their hard work, consider preparing coffee, hot cocoa, or apple cider to warm them up when they need to take a break. Yes, this is their job, but when you throw cold, snow, and ice into the mix, movers are under extra pressure to do an exceptional job quickly. It’s the season of giving, so a generous tip wouldn’t hurt, and showing gratitude goes a long way!

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The bottom line…

With a few simple steps of preparation, you can have a successful winter move despite the weather!

Zip Moving & Storage is here to take some of the moving pressure off of your shoulders by providing you with simple moving and storage solutions. All you need to do is welcome your belongings into your cozy new home

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