Packing is important when moving. It is even more important during winter months to ensure the safety of your items. Even if you are only traveling a short distance with your move, there are some important things to remember when packing during the winter months.
It is important to keep moisture off your boxes and goods. Rain or snow can cause a heavy amount of water damage to items that are not properly wrapped. Water can cause wood to warp, fabric, and mattresses to mold, and ruin pictures or other important documents.
Do not risk the safety of your items by not properly wrapping and covering your items. Even if the weather reports say there is no chance of rain or snow, you need to take precautions just in case. The precipitation in the air during the winter months is normally a lot thicker than it is during the summer months.
It is essential to have help when moving your larger, delicate items – such as a piano or flat-screen TV. Professional movers are a great help with moving these delicate possessions because they are trained to keep them safe from moisture or other weather conditions. Even if you choose not to go with professionals, make sure you wrap all items in plastic to prevent water damage from happening on the trip outside.
Moving in Winter Means Protecting Belongings From Water Damage
Cold air can affect things, just like water can. Be careful when packing anything that has liquid in it because it can freeze and expand, and cause breaks to happen later. Don’t put house plants with the other items in the truck, but carry them inside your car so they don’t freeze.
The best moving trucks to use during moves at winter times are ones that are covered. Professional trucks are the safest trucks for your valuables during the winter months. With closed trucks, you will not have to worry about chances of snow or rain beating through tarps and coverings, and getting to your items.
If you choose to move your belongings with an uncovered truck, secure all your belongings with a tarp covering. Secure it tightly over and around all your items, with a sturdy tarp that won’t shred when you get on the road. Once you are driving check the tarp every so often to make sure it is still properly covering everything.
Never travel with an uncovered pickup truck during snow or rain season. Weather can be unpredictable, even in the best conditions. A lot of damage can be done in a short amount of time, so don’t risk it with your belongings
Helpful Tips for Winter Moving
Moving during the wintertime has always been a little difficult. Snow and ice slow-moving down a lot, but it doesn’t have to keep us down. Here are some helpful, and safe, moving tips to keep you happy during your winter move.
Dress warmly. You may be surprised how much warm articles of clothing can improve the atmosphere of a winter move. It’s always a good idea to have extra warm pieces of clothing on hand while moving, especially things that you can layer – such as sweatshirts, blankets, coats, and socks.
Avoid slipping on ice by taking care of your sidewalk. Shovel and salt walkways, stairs, steps, driveways, or anywhere else you will have to walk through when moving. Keep your snow shovel close by in case you need it.
Walk slowly and carefully through the move. Slipping or falling during a move is not just embarrassing, but can be very dangerous. Even if you have just shoveled the walkway, make sure to trudge carefully in case you accidentally missed a slippery spot.
Keep an eye out for weather changes. Watch for any signs of bad weather or snowstorms that may slow your move. It is imperative that you keep track of any changes in weather, and plan your move during the windows of good weather.
Watch out for your carpets. In the wintertime, it is easy to track in mud and snow in your home. It can be a pain to take off shoes every time you enter. You may want to put down a covering over your carpet where it will get the most traffic, so your carpets will be spared.
Another good option for the mud and snow problem can be helped by assigning two moving teams. Have a few people stay outside during the move, and another team stays inside. Or everyone could move items to a moderately clean place, such as a garage, and then bring them inside once everyone has cleaned off the mud or snow from their shoes.
Lastly, have extra help on the job so that you spend less time out in the cold. People tend to be more willing to help with moves during the weekends when they don’t have work, and not so willing during major holidays when they are tied down with plans and reunions. Keep their contact information handy throughout the move so you can call them when you need extra help.