How To Deal With Snow On Moving Day
Moving is incredibly stressful any time of the year. It can be even worse on a snow or rainy day. However, this is the season when moving is much cheaper and you won’t struggle to find a moving company. If you have scheduled your move during winter for one reason or another, here are tips to make the move successful.
Clear the snow from pathways
Walking on top of snow can be extremely dangerous especially when people are carrying heavy boxes and furniture. Make sure to clear all your walkways with a shovel if it’s possible or use a lot of sand or salt to make the walkway safe. Apart from making a wide pathway, you should also clear the sidewalk and the steps of ice by using a deicer to prevent any slipping.
Instead of standing for hours with a shovel and sand, you can make some sort of shelter or cover for your pathway. That will ensure that no snow actually falls on the steps or the walkway leading to the truck. However, make sure that the material you use can withstand the weight of snow or place it at an angle so the snow can slide right off.
Protect the inside floors
People entering in and out of your house with snow and water on their feet can ruin your hardwood floors or carpet. You also don’t want to be scrubbing mud from the carpet after such a tiring day. To protect your floor from such water damage, line up some kind of plastic sheet or cardboard boxes on the pathway where there is a lot of traffic.
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Most items especially glass pieces and electronics are really affected by extreme cold. Make sure you double-wrap them with an extra layer of bubble wrap or packing paper. Cover your furniture with lots of blankets.
Keep your eyes and ears on the weather
While you may think that moving when it’s snowing is hard, things can always get worse. Make sure your radio is on so you can hear when there is a blizzard coming or roads are closed. Alternatively, keep checking with your local authorities and getting updates so you don’t miss any latest changes. It’s also very important to check your travel route and ensure that it’s still passable so you can come up with an alternative route in case it’s not.
Prepare hot drinks
Moving in and out of the snow is no joke and it can take a toll on your body. Make sure you have some hot drinks going throughout the move for you and the movers. You should also dress warmly but not too much to avoid sweating.
Have the car ready for snow
Your car as well as the truck will use more power to move on snow which means you need to have it in the best condition ever. Make sure the fluids are topped up, tires and brakes checked and of course check the wipers before leaving. Carry a shovel, sand, emergency blankets and a chain with you in case you get stuck.
All these tips of dealing with snow should apply to both houses to ensure safety. It’s also good to check with the moving company about their policy and preparedness of moving in snow so you don’t have any issues later.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
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