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.