Essential Moving Tips For A Winter Move

Snow covered bridge and river in Boston, MA

Fort Point Channel after a snow storm. Boston, MA.

Winter is finally showing its ugly head up here in Boston. We were lucky enough to dodge (most of) the white stuff through January, but it’s still winter in New England, and preparation is key. Winter weather can really throw a wrench into your moving plans. Forecasts change up to and during a storm, so you never really know what you’ll get until moving day. If you find yourself needing to move during winter time, these essential moving tips can help to keep you on the right track for success.

Stay up to date with the forecast

As evidenced with today’s storm, winter weather patterns are very difficult to predict. Just a few days ago, they were expecting very light snow totals in this area, and now they are certain that we will be hit with 8-12″ of fresh powder. If you are planning a move in New England during this time of year, you really need to follow the weather reports as your move approaches. Check in the day and even the night before your move to make sure that there are no major storms coming. If the city declares a state of emergency, you won’t be able to get the move done.

Be prepared to postpone

A heavy snowstorm can wipe out your moving plans. Parking bans, closed roads, and other traffic restrictions would make it impossible to get your move done. It is imperative that you keep backup options available. If you must be out of your place by the end of the month, try to do your move a week (or at least a few days) before that date.

Keep the paths open and clear

You’ll want to make sure that your movers have a clear path from the truck to your door. All snow, ice, and other debris should be fully cleared and treated before the movers arrive. You may need to clear parking for the truck as well. If you are unable to clear snow and ice on your own, you may want to contact your movers to see if they offer any snow or ice removal.

Protect your floors

Even with the snow and ice cleared out, the movers would most likely be walking through wet sand or salt. It is a good idea to set something on the floors to prevent tracking mud and debris through your home. You can set tarps or drop-cloths in a room close to the entry and have all furniture moved into one location. Once the furniture is all inside, you can then begin to move it from there to the other areas of the house. Staging it at the front like this can really help to reduce the dirt spread throughout the house.

 

Do you have any moving tips to help during the winter time? Please leave them in the comments section below!

Tips For Moving To Boston This January

Moving during the harsh New England winter can be tough. Luckily, we had a reasonably mild December, but there is snow and brutally cold weather on the horizon. If you are moving to Boston (or the surrounding area) this January, there are some things that you need to do! This handy guide will help get you on the right track to a successful move.

Keep Things Flexible

One of the most important rules to follow when planning a winter-time move to New England – you must be flexible! Trying to hold steadfast to deadlines and moving dates, faced with unpredictable weather, can be a recipe for disaster. You should always have a backup plan available just in case things get nasty on you.

Get Your Moving Permits

If you’re moving to Boston (or one of the other cities that requires permits: Cambridge, Brookline, or Somerville) – it is very important to obtain your parking permits. Once the snow starts to pile up, parking becomes a premium for everybody. Reserving your own spot is going to save a lot of stress and make things easier and faster for you during your move.

Prepare For The Worst

Our recent article, Cold Weather Moving Tips, has some great advice on how to properly prepare for a move during the winter. Make sure you’re wearing the right gear, and that you have properly cleared all of the necessary walkways.

 

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!

Five Tips For Planning A Move During Winter

Some people love it, some people hate it. If you live in New England – it’s something that you have chosen to live with, one way or another. SNOW! Winter weather conditions will make it difficult for anyone planning a move, but there are some things that you can do to make everything go as smooth as a sheet of ice.

1. Always Have A Second Option

Winter weather can be extremely unpredictable here in New England. From one hour to the next, a forecast can have drastic changes. You really just never know exactly what you’re going to get when a storm is on the horizon. Keeping a backup moving date available can be essential. When there are roads closed, parking bans, or unplowed roads, there isn’t a safe way to try to move.

2. Make A Path

It is essential to have a safe, fully cleared pathway from your moving truck to the entranceway(s). You’ll need to have enough space for your moving truck (or storage pod, or van, etc) to park as well. Attempting to move furniture across ice or snow can be very dangerous, so be sure to melt the ice as well.

3. Protect Your Floors

Things tend to be particularly dirty when there is snow on the ground. The snow melts and gets all wet and dirty, plus all the salt in the roads and walkways can get everywhere. We recommend using some floor protection (Home Depot, Amazon, etc) to prevent the floors from scratching. As long as you make a clear path into each room, the movers should be able to set the furniture wherever you need it to go.

4. Drive Carefully! 

If you are transporting your belongings in a truck, make sure that you drive as carefully as possible! Leave as much space as possible for braking and adjusting to any unexpected conditions.

5. Be Flexible 

Winter weather is often going to slow things down. Traffic will move much slower. Carrying furniture – especially up or down stairs or ramps – can take longer. Trying to rush things in the snow can be very hazardous – so be flexible and don’t try to do too much at once.

Winter Moving In Boston – 3 Tips To Help You Deal With The Snow

It looks like the snow is finally here. We saw the first glimpses of Boston snow for 2012 when we looked out the windows this morning. While we didn’t get very much, we know that it will surely be a harbinger for what New England’s winter will offer us this season. Now, before we get snowed in – we’re going to offer you a few tips on how to deal with the snow when you’re planning your move.

There are two incredibly important things that everyone needs to do when you’re moving in the wintertime. One is to stay as flexible as possible. Try to pick a few days together that could work for your move. If there is a blizzard and the conditions just will not allow for moving, you’ll be glad that you have a plan to fall back on.

The other incredibly important thing to do is to prepare for the weather. How can you prepare for the weather? Just follow these tips!

1. Keep your shovels, rock-salt, snow blowers, and winter attire accessible

This is especially important before the first big snowfall. Usually, if it’s not snowing, we keep our snow gear in the basement, in the back of the garage, in a shed, or in some other place that it can be stored until it is needed. Make sure that you can easily get to these things that you need during a snow storm, if you have to. You don’t want to be caught off-guard when the snow falls, and taking these preliminary measures will save you a lot of stress and frustration when the white stuff starts piling up.

2. Use waterproof, non-slip boots 

If it is snowing on the day of your move, you definitely want to play it safe. It can be incredibly dangerous to walk down a slightly icy moving ramp, or onto stairs or a walkway that hasn’t been completely cleared (or has had fresh snow fallen on top of it once it had been cleared). Waterproof boots will keep your socks and feet dryer, warmer, and overall more comfortable, so that you will be prepared to move for as long as you need to. Try to ensure that your boots are non-slip and have great traction. Slipping can be bad enough when you’re just walking, but if you’re lifting a refrigerator or a heavy piece of furniture, you can really hurt yourself or the items being moved.

3. Protect your floors

Usually, those boots that are great for moving outside in the harsh weather can be not-so-great for moving inside the house. The thicker treads, while necessary for keeping your footing through snow and ice, tend to pack a lot of snow, dirt, and debris in them, and will easily track it throughout your house.

We recommend using Builder Board for the floors (great for carpets, hardwood floor, tiles, and more), and something a little more pliable for the stairs. (There are different products available depending on what the stairs are made of. If you would like to know the ideal protection, just send us a quick message and we’ll help you find it.) Make sure you get an appropriate tape for the board as well. Usually blue painter’s tape works well, as it does not leave an adhesive residue behind.

One thing to keep in mind with the floor protection is that it will be temporary. It can complicate the move a little bit, but you need to designate paths with the Builder Board. This means that you might want to have your movers bring everything into a frontal “landing area” before distributing your belongings throughout the house. That way, they can get all of the items into the house using the paths created, clean off their boots, and then proceed to move the items to their proper locations without tracking debris around your house.