Cold Weather Moving Tips

Cold weather moving tips from Boston's trusted moving company.It’s starting to get really cold here in Boston. While most people prefer to move during the warmer times of year, some projects just can’t wait. Whether you are only moving a few pieces, or an entire household or office, this cold weather moving tips will help keep you on the right track.

Dress The Part

If you find yourself moving in this weather, dressing right can be tough. With temperatures dwindling in the 20°F range (and expected to drop soon), you want to make sure that you are warm enough, and covered up. However, you also don’t want to get too bundled up that you restrict your movement. We recommend layering up. You’ll definitely want to keep a light but weatherproof outer layer, in the event that you have to deal with snow, sleet, rain, or any other seasonable unpleasantness.

  • Your base layer should consist of something light but breathable. Under Armour makes some great stuff for running in cold weather, which can be a great first layer for moving.
  • Make sure you have proper footwear. You need something that will be warm enough, has good traction in case of ice or debris, and is waterproof in case of snow or rain.
  • A good pair of gloves will help protect your hands, and also keep them warm. There are too many choices to list, but I’ve had a good experience with Youngstown gloves.
  • Keep a dry set of clothes available for after the move. This is especially important when it is wet outside. It’s always a good idea to keep a dry set of clothes close by so that you can be comfortable once you’re done with your move.

Clear Away Ice and Other Debris

Any ice, snow, sand, salt, or other debris should be fully cleared from the pathways you will be using. Failure to remove this type of debris can be hazardous, as well as track dirt into your house.

Try to Avoid Snow, Rain, or Other Stormy Conditions

If you have the flexibility, it’s a very good idea to avoid moving during a winter storm. Oftentimes, the streets need to be kept clear so the plows are able to do their jobs. Also, precipitation and winds can be dangerous to move with. The bottom line is this – if you can somehow manage to delay your move until the weather is clearer, you (and your belongings, your movers, etc) will all be safer.

Protecting Your Goods While Moving During The Winter

6159827210_e0e169abd6_oMoving during the winter can be tough for a lot of reasons. We have touched in on some of those. For today, we’d like to explore the best methods for protecting your belongings. Snow, rain, salt, sand, and other winter-related debris can damage some of your belongings. There are a few things that you can do to really protect your stuff and make sure that everything gets to the new home in one piece.

Stretch Wrap & Plastic Covers

Stretch wrap as well as plastic covers are essential moving supplies. Giving your goods a plastic seal will help keep moisture and other debris off of your stuff. Mattresses can be sealed in mattress bags, which are a good idea even if it’s not precipitating. Stretch wrap can cover pretty much anything, from couches to dressers to mattresses and even televisions and other electronics. If you don’t want water to touch your stuff, take the time to properly wrap it with some decent stretch wrap.

Wait Out The Heavy Stuff

No matter how well you have wrapped your belongings, it is still a good idea to wait out the heavy precipitation. A bit of light rain and snow shouldn’t be much of a problem, but if you are experiencing heavy downfalls, your best bet is to wait it out. Hopefully it will pass quickly and you can resume your moving on the same day. When there is a massive storm rolling through, it can be best to just postpone until things have cleared up.

Pad Protection

Moving pads provide another layer of protection. While they are primarily seen as objects that prevent dents and scratches, we still think that they have a place in protecting against the elements. We almost always secure pads to the furniture before we wrap it in the stretch wrap, as another layer of protection. If you simply have to move during precipitation, you can layer in the stretch wrap for the best possible covering. Try doing a layer of stretch wrap, a layer of pads, and then another layer of stretch wrap. Try getting through THAT, snow!

Choose The Path Of Least Resistance

Make things easier on yourself by using the closest possible door to the moving truck. This isn’t always going to be your front door. A lot of times, it can be more direct (or allow more of a staging area) to go through a garage, bulkhead, sliding deck door, or some other access point. Choosing a path that allows for less exposure to the elements can only be good for your things.

Use Staging Areas as Needed

If available, it can be great to use a space like a garage or a basement for staging. It allows a space for your things to be wrapped (or unwrapped) without getting rain and debris inside your living spaces. Of course, the option isn’t always available – but if you have a cut-through space, make use of it!