Blizzards, Black Ice and Moving!By Chuck Resnick on Feb 15, 2021
Moving when ice and snow are in the daily forecast isn’t a popular choice for many Canadians. It’s cold and slippery; but with some extra safety precautions, winter moving also has many advantages.
Moving last minute? No problem, if it’s during the cold months. Choosing to move in the “off season” – sometime between November and March – can save you time and money.
Summer is the busiest season for moving companies. This means you must be well prepared, booking 6 to 8 weeks in advance to ensure your preferred moving company is available. Not only are they higher in demand but generally their rates are also more expensive.
Some companies may be more willing to negotiate their rates during the winter months as they’re competing for business during the slow season. Likewise, less rush and stress for companies in the winter means you get their best employees resulting in a higher quality of service.
With everything booked, now comes the packing. Follow these tips for a relaxed and toasty move – no matter what’s going on outside those frosted windows.
- Have a contingency plan. Keep up to date with local weather forecasts and change your plans accordingly. If a big snowfall or freezing rain is expected the morning of your move day, don’t risk it.
- Keep cozy. Carry extra warm clothes for you and your family – including hats, gloves and snow pants. Pack these ahead of time and clearly label them so you can locate them immediately.
- Remember your items will be in a non-heated environment for a while. Ensure your plants, electronics and liquids are properly packed and protected from the cold.
- Allow extra time on the move day – cold weather slows things down. Additionally, rushing in the winter can lead to accidents and injuries.
- Have driveways and sidewalks cleared of snow before the movers arrive. Your driveway needs to be ploughed wider than usual – enough to allow the moving truck’s loading ramp to be positioned as close to your front door as possible. Lay plywood down on muddy or slushy areas. Slipping can not only lead to dropped boxes and broken possessions but also personal injury.
- Quality movers will use floor runners to protect your floors in high traffic area but for extra protection inside, cover your floors to protect them from tracked-in snow, mud, and salt.
- Drive safe. Make sure maintenance and service on your vehicles is current. Check the air pressure on your tires and ensure the trunk is equipped with emergency kits (matches, flashlight, food), blankets, and shovels. Drive slowly with extra caution.
- Be certain that your heating company for your new home is aware of your move in day.
Wintertime moving doesn’t have to be wet and miserable. With these reminders, you’ll be packed up, moved and basking in the warmth of your new home before you know it.