Relocating is difficult, messy even. But relocating in the winter is a whole new challenge altogether. It isn't usually the norm for people to relocate in winters, especially if you live in the Northern Hemisphere. However, who can tell what circumstances demand? Plus, the advancement in transport and technology has pretty much reduced all those difficulties. It can be as smooth as moving in the summer. But, only if you take some efforts; we'll guide you through it.
Call the company
There's always going to be a chance that the moving company you're looking at may not be offering any services in the winter. And even if they do, it may be limited over specific distances or specific locations. And if you have a history of bad luck behind you, you can rest assured that your location may be out of their set limits. It's too painful to go through the tedious process of packing everything only to find that you haven't really found a mover.
Clear the area
When the moving is in progress, there's going to be a lot of running from the moving truck to the house and vice versa. In order to keep your goods as well as avoid accidents it is important that the walkway is clean and dry at all times. Clear the parking area and laneways too.Salt and sand the necessary areas. Another effective solution is to simply place cardboard sheets on the path that is going to be used to take things to the truck. Or, yes, just shovel it up.
Package it right
Packing is anyway of the ultimate importance. However, in the winter, when there are strong winds or heavy snow in the picture, you need to pack your things accordingly, so that they're not damaged. Things like furniture, clothes, shoes, books and electronics etc. need extra protection from the moisture. Insulate the boxes carefully with a lot of old paper or pieces of cloth. In addition, use plastic sheets to waterproof your things. Plastic sheeting will keep everything it covers safe and dry from the wet snow, no matter how much the impact. You can also use garbage bags for smaller objects.
Decide the route
Local relocation is easy, to the point where you can simply pack up and leave. However, when it comes to interstate moving, it's important to plan the route beforehand. Most companies offering good-quality relocation services have drivers who know the best routes to take during tricky weather. Discuss the same with your mover, so you're better prepared too, especially with the food and fuel.
Pack an emergency kit
If you live in a place whose weather sticks to the schedule and the meteorological department's forecasts, you're just too lucky. However, the same can't be said in most cases. Therefore, it's best to stay prepared for whatever nature might have in store for you, when you and your house are on wheels. Have a list of emergency numbers close at hand. Pack in sufficient amounts of winter food, water, hot chocolate and the like, so you don’t have to depend on highway motels that may not even remain open if the weather gets too much to handle. Also, make sure you have flashlights, shovels and salt and snow, in order to clear the roads on your own when the need arises. Make sure your vehicle is well serviced and oiled, and the tank the full. Carry a spare tire too.
It's not too difficult, and it most definitely isn’t dangerous; not as long as you take the right measures! Happy moving!
Nancy Baker, the author of this article, is a freelance blogger who is currently writing for Eric Bilston Removals, a leading Australian interstate removalist. She takes keen interest in outdoor sports and is good at billiards. You can catch up with her on Twitter@Nancy Baker.