Making a winter move for work? Perhaps you’ve chosen a winter relocation to avoid the summer moving crowd? Regardless of your reasons for relocating during the snowy season, you’ll face a unique set of challenges that don’t accompany relocations during any other season of the year.
Unpredictable weather, icy roadways, traffic accidents, and closed roads can put a serious wrench in the middle of your move. Plus, the risk of personal injury during the loading and unloading process is much higher, too. But that’s not to say you can’t have a safe, successful, and low-stress moving experience during winter, because you absolutely can.
What should you do to help ensure your winter move goes as smoothly as it possibly can? We’ve got a few helpful winter moving tips below.
Hire a Qualified Moving Company
You might be tempted to conduct a DIY move during winter, and while you can certainly try, we do not recommend it. A DIY move during spring, summer, or fall can be challenging, but a DIY move during the snowy season can be remarkably dangerous. That’s especially true if you’re not highly practiced at driving a huge box truck and your move is one of the few times you’ll ever drive a large vehicle on icy roadways.
That’s why, even for a local move, we recommend hiring a professional moving company. You don’t have to opt for full packing services (although it's definitely worth the investment), but you should at least hire professional movers to transport your belongings to your new home. Your safety and safety of everything you own is at stake, and you should never take that lightly.
Double-Check Cancellation or Rescheduling Policies
In Minnesota, you never know when a huge snowstorm might show up on the forecast, and if you’re really unlucky, one might make an appearance on the night before your move. Prepare yourself for that possibility by making doubly sure you understand and agree to all cancellation and rescheduling policies associated with your move.
When you hire a moving company, be sure to double-check the fine print for cancellation details or ask a manager to explain them to you. Ask whether there are any additional fees for rescheduling and if those fees apply to circumstances beyond your control.
If you’re a renter, it’s also a good idea to chat with your current and future landlord about your options if the weather does prevent you from moving on your chosen date. You’ll want to know these details so you can arrange other accommodations if you must change your move date by a couple of days.
Make Sure Walkways, Steps, and Driveways Are Clear
To minimize the risk of slips and falls, make sure your sidewalks, driveway, steps, and all other walking paths are free of ice and snow before move day. If you’re really busy, consider hiring a snow removal professional to handle this job for you. Icy walkways are not a risk you or your movers want to deal with while transporting anything, let alone bulky boxes and heavy belongings.
Keep Winter Supplies on Hand
Winter driving can be extremely unpredictable. You never know when you may encounter a traffic accident that shuts down the road or have to dig yourself out of a pile of snow. That’s why it’s so important to keep the right supplies in your personal vehicle, so you’re prepared to safely handle anything that might come your way. Before you set off for your new home, make sure you have:
● Extra insulative clothing and blankets
● Extra fuel, in case you end up waiting for the road to clear
● A portable shovel and salt or sand
● A portable heater
● Portable, battery-operated charger
● Hazard triangles and/or flares
● First aid kit
It’s also in your best interest to get some kind of emergency roadside service, whether that’s from your insurance company or a company like AAA. That way, if anything unexpected happens and you end up stuck, you’ll have a fallback who can come to your rescue.
Use Floor Protection
The sludgy mix of ice, snow, salt, and dirt that’ll end up on the bottom of your shoes and your movers’ boots can do quite a number on your floors. Worse, slippery floors dramatically increase everyone’s risk of injury. That’s why using floor protection during a winter move is so important.
Before you start trekking back and forth with your belongings, put down plastic tarps on hard flooring and cardboard sheets secured with tacks on carpeted surfaces. If you’re hiring professional movers, they’ll handle this task for you before the loading and unloading process begins.
Watch the Weather Diligently and Adjust Plans Accordingly
Moving is, by its very nature, chaotic, and with everything you must keep track of, watching the weather forecast might slip your mind. Don’t let that happen! To be as prepared as possible for unideal weather conditions, you’ll want to track the forecast at least once a week, so you know if there are any winter storms on the horizon.
Knowing about a potential weather hangup as far in advance as possible will allow you to adjust your move-day plans accordingly. And, knowing several days before a storm hits will give you time to contact the appropriate parties to notify them of any potential changes.
Let Hedberg Moving Solutions Help You With Your Minnesota Move
Moving this winter? Let our team at Hedberg Moving Solutions help you out! We serve all of Minnesota and offer a wide variety of professional moving services, including full packing, storage solutions, senior moving, commercial moving, and more. To get a free moving estimate or learn more about how we can assist you with your winter relocation, feel free to give us a call today at 763-434-6683 or request an estimate online, and we’ll get in touch!
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