Are you making a household move this winter? Make sure your relocation goes as smoothly as possible by planning ahead for the winter weather. Here are a few tips to help make the process easier.

Be Proactive About Checking the Weather

Since winter has a much bigger impact on moving and transportation, it's very important to pay close attention to the forecast. You'll want to start checking what the weather will look like at least a couple of weeks out. You may not know exactly what the weather will be like on moving day, but many weather forecasters are able to provide a general idea of the temperature and whether to expect storms. This allows you to adjust your expectations for moving dates, as needed.

Also, check the exact forecast closer to the day of your move. You may also want to check and see what the weather will be like in your new location, especially if you were planning a long-distance move.

Wear Layers on Moving Day

If you will be involved in packing and loading your belongings onto the truck, consider wearing multiple layers instead of a coat. While it will be cold, any sort of physical activity quickly heats up the body. You may find yourself sweating inside a winter coat. With layers, you can remove layers as you warm up so that you aren't sweating through your clothes and potentially drenching yourself on a cold and humid day.

Arrange for Temporary Storage, if Needed

Winter storms and traffic accidents can delay transportation of your belongings. Speak with your residential moving company ahead of time about temporary storage options. It's ideal if they have a local warehouse facility where your belongings can be kept until the weather clears up. 

These facilities are usually climate-controlled and monitored by inventory management systems. So you can relax knowing your belongings are well cared for even when things go wrong.

Clear All Walkways

Avoid potential slips and falls on wet, snow covered concrete by preparing all of your walkways for moving day. This means shoveling snow from walkways that lead into and out of the house, and along the sidewalk. It's also a good idea to put down a layer of ice melt so that the walkway will remain clear if it starts snowing or raining. 

Be aware that salt can be tracked into the house by your movers. So you may want to put down plastic sheeting and multiple mats at the entranceway for the movers to wipe their feet.

Use Plastic Tarps & Furniture Protection

Snow and ice can get on your belongings as they're being transported to the moving vans, so consider using furniture protection and plastic tarps. If you hire a moving company to take care of the move, they will also use furniture protection on your belongings.

For More Information About a Move in Long Island

Are you ready to complete your residential move in Long Island? Reach out to Quality Moving & Storage to request a free moving estimate right away. As agents with Wheaton World Wide Moving, we're also able to complete a variety of long-distance moving services. Some relocations we can assist you with include:

  • Residential Moves
  • Commercial Moves
  • International Moves
  • Specialized Moves
  • Storage Solutions

Give us a call to request a free moving assessment. We'll set up your appointment as soon as possible.