Winter is typically not most people’s first choice of time to move. This is because kids may be in school, the weather makes traveling more difficult, and the holidays are hectic.
While all of this is true, there are also many benefits to moving in the winter months. One of which is that your Cincinnati movers don’t get booked up months in advance, meaning that when you need to move, they have a greater ability to accommodate your schedule if you require flexibility.
This Nelson Markesbery Moving & Storage blog discusses some winter moving tips.
Buy a Dedicated Moving Planner
Get a moving planner/calendar for reminders of things to do, such as changing your mailing address, transferring internet, cable, and utilities, and preparing for the move.
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Typically, you want to plan for your move at least three to four months in advance. Keep this planner separate from your ordinary planner so you don’t miss any details.
Prepare for Winter Weather
Clear the Walkways
Keep the weather in mind when getting ready to move in the winter. If it’s icy, keep some salt around for the walkways, including the driveway. If it’s snowing or raining, we will shrink-wrap all your furniture to ensure everything stays dry during the move.
Lower Your Thermostat
Lower the heat on move-in day. You’ll be opening and closing doors. There’s no point in running up the energy bill. Consider bringing a space heater and dedicating a ‘warm room’ for people to warm in during breaks.
Dress For the Weather
It might sound like a given, but a key tip for moving in the winter is to bundle up! Make sure to dress in layers to stay warm.
Wear waterproof and insulated clothing, including gloves, hats, and boots. We also recommend boots with traction to prevent slipping on ice or snow.
Protect Your Belongings From Moisture
When left in weather conditions with snow, ice, and sleet, cardboard boxes can get soggy. We recommend packing items in plastic storage containers to protect them from water damage.
Keep some towels and blankets easily accessible to wipe down any items that may get wet during the move.
Leave Plenty of Drive Time (Drive Slower)
As always, take winter weather precautions when traveling in cold months. Keep an eye on the weather and monitor traffic reports and situations. Store extra blankets and supplies in the car in case of a breakdown.
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An excellent winter weather moving tip is to leave at least an hour of extra time to arrive at your destination. Before you do, however, winterize your car (keep a full gas tank, adequate tire pressure, and winter tires). Long-distance moves might require extra driving time as conditions change.
Contact Your Cincinnati Movers
We encourage you to ask us questions throughout the moving process. Contact Nelson Markesbery Moving & Storage for a free local or long-distance moving quote, or call (859) 371-8111. We’re here to serve you, no matter the weather!