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5 Tips for Moving in Winter

Moving during winter can present unique challenges compared to the warmer seasons. Winter moves often involve dealing with harsh weather conditions, shorter daylight hours and the potential for slippery walkways. However, with the right preparation and strategies, you can ensure a smooth and successful transition to your new home.

Here are 5 essential tips to help you with your winter moves:

1. Stay updated on the weather forecast

Winter weather can be unpredictable, so it’s crucial to keep a close eye on the forecast as your moving day approaches. If severe weather is expected, consider rescheduling your move or plan for potential delays. 

We suggest having a backup plan in place and maintain flexibility with your moving schedule to accommodate any last-minute changes due to weather.

2. Prepare your home for the move

Before your moving day, take steps to ensure both your current and new homes are ready for the winter weather. Clear driveways and pathways of ice or other obstacles to prevent slips and falls.

A handy tip – use salt or sand to provide extra traction on icy surfaces and lay down cardboard or plastic sheeting inside to protect the floors from mud and moisture. This simple tip will help to keep your home clean and safe during the moving process while also minimising the need to clean up at the end!

3. Protect your belongings from the elements

Cold temperatures and moisture can damage your belongings during a winter move. Try to use weather-resistant packing materials to keep your items safe.

If you have fragile items make an effort to wrap them in extra layers of bubble wrap or newspaper and use plastic bins instead of cardboard boxes where possible to protect against water damage.

4. Dress appropriately and stay warm

Winter moving can mean being outside for extended periods of time.

We recommend dressing in layers that allow you to stay warm and adjust your clothing as needed when moving between indoor and outdoor environments.

Waterproof clothing and boots are also a great way to protect yourself from the cold and sometimes wet conditions.

On particularly wintery days, keeping a thermos with hot drinks such as coffee or tea on hand is a great way to help you stay both warm and engergised throughout the move! 

5. Hire professional movers

Hiring professional movers can make a significant difference to your move – especially during the winter months. We’ve got the expertise and the right equipment to handle the challenges of moving in all weather conditions safely.

Moving is what we do, we have a range of services and are happy to help! 

Final words

Remember, moving during winter may require extra planning and precautions, but by following these tips, you can minimise stress and ensure a successful move.

Stay prepared, protect your belongings and get some help from the team here at Affordable Moving Solutions. We’re here to make your winter move as smooth as possible!

From expert guidance to our free moving checklist (which you can download below!), we’ve got your back every step of the way.

Let’s make the move this winter!

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