5 Ways to Get Ready For A Winter Move

Winter looks different depending on where you live in the world; for those in the South, a cool breeze may be the brunt of your cold weather, while winters in places like Chicago are blisteringly cold- and full of snow. Here in Missouri, home of Jackson’s Relocation, we understand what a cold winter looks like- and how to prepare for a move in the middle of it. Here are our top 5 tips for getting ready for a winter move:

Understand Your Move

It’s important to understand why you’re moving during the winter in the first place. For some it may be a new job opportunity or life event that can’t wait, while others may be doing it for the built-in savings of moving during the off season. No matter what the actual reason may be, the result typically involves driving through less than ideal conditions.

Winterize Your Belongings

While obvious items can withstand the change in temperatures, such as: clothes, books and, most kitchen gadgets, other items- especially house plants and fine china- become extremely susceptible to wilting or cracking in low temperatures.   Discuss with your moving company what times of day they plan on moving, if they have climate-controlled trucks and any other insider tips they may have to successfully winterize your belongings.

Keep Your Areas Safe and Clean

Moving involves many trips throughout the house: up and down, in and out- so you can imagine how muddy and wet the interior of your home can get if the weather is less than desirable. When moving out of a new house, the last thing you would want is to ruin the entryways of the carpets you probably just had cleaned. Consider keeping shoes outside or using towels and cardboard in the immediate areas. Additionally, keep the driveway and walkways clear of ice and snow to allow anyone moving large items to walk freely without incident or fear of slipping.

Winterize Your Car And New Home

If your new home is located in an area with extremely low temperatures or snow, you’ll want to ensure that both your car and soon-to-be-house are ready for the winter. For your home you will want all utilities on- ready to crank the heat or hot water. Some basic tips for winterizing your car include having:
  • Chains on your tires
  • Winterized wipers
  • Flares
  • Ice Scrapers
  • Blankets
  • Flashlight
  • Jumper Cables

Map Out Your Winter Move

Finally, don’t get caught unprepared because you didn’t map out your route. Especially for longer distances it’s imperative that you understand the roads you will be on- and the conditions they may be subjected to. Avoid driving at night if at all possible for risk of black ice and always err on the side of caution if caught in a snowstorm.

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