How to Chill Out About Moving in Winter

There's a good reason why summer and fall are peak moving season. The nice weather at this time of year eliminates so many hassles, such as having to worry about tracking snow into the house or slipping on the ice while carrying boxes. But what if you have no choice other than to move in the winter? Unfortunately, that happens sometimes, and fortunately, there are some things you can do to make your winter move more pleasant and less risky.

1. Schedule a "rain date."

When you are scheduling your move, make sure everyone knows that if the weather is terrible, you plan on rescheduling. Set a rain date, and inform everyone involved in your move of this date—this includes your landlord, any friends planning to help you, the utility companies, and so forth. Most moving companies are not that busy in winter and will be happy to schedule a rain date as a part of your moving contract. In fact, some do this by default in the winter as they don't want to work during a torrential snowstorm, either.

2. Buy some plastic totes for packing.

While packing all of your belongings in plastic totes might cost an arm and a leg, you should go out and buy a half dozen or so plastic totes for packing. Put your most valuable and vulnerable items in here instead of packing them in cardboard boxes, and they'll be a lot safer if it snows during your move. Less fragile items, like dinnerware and towels, can still go in boxes.

3. Buy some cheap floor mats, and tape them down.

Having to repeatedly take your snow boots off and put them back on can be a real hassle, whether you're the one carrying the boxes or your movers. An easier approach is to buy some cheap waterproof floor mats, perhaps at a local dollar store. Secure them to the floor with painter's tape so they don't move. Lay them down in the path your helpers will take from the front door to each room. 

4. Leave yourself lots of time.

You're going to face some challenges—it's Murphy's Law! Account for this by allowing a little extra time for your move. For example, if you think it will take you 4 hours to load the truck and 2 hours to drive to your new house, give yourself 8–10 hours. This way, if the roads are bad, you won't be tempted to drive faster than the safer speed. 

Moving in winter is not ideal, but it is very possible. Learn more by contacting residential moving companies.