Moving in winter? Prepare for a cold weather relocation

Here’s ho to prepare for moving in winter!

If only you could deliver your items to your new home as quickly and easily as Santa delivers presents to the kids! And every single delicate item arrives at its final destination safe and intact, even on the coldest and snowiest Christmas nights. Unfortunately, you probably have no magic sleigh and will need to somehow transport your belongings in a simple moving truck along icy roads and snowy highways. Moreover, you’ll have to protect your items from the freezing cold and wet snow. All you need to do to make your winter move smooth and trouble-free and ensure that your possessions stay safe and sound throughout the entire process is to prepare well – take efficient precautions to reduce the risks of moving in cold weather and take special care to protect your items from the low temperatures. Here is what you need to know in order to keep your belongings safe during a winter move:

Which items need protection from the cold?

Certain household items are extremely sensitive to cold and temperature variations. Some materials expand and contract when exposed to temperature fluctuations – wood, porcelain, metal, and leather can crack or warp when the temperatures change dramatically. Others become brittle when it gets cold and break more easily. Items made of glass, ceramic and plastic are especially susceptible to breaking in the cold. You should take special care when packing such items for moving in winter. Pay special attention to appliances that use water. Keep in mind that many appliances hold water inside some of their components. Electronic components are very delicate and sensitive to temperature fluctuations too. To protect your electronics during a winter move, you need to completely insulate them against the cold. Wood furniture may also crack when exposed to extremely low temperatures or warp if it gets wet from rain or snow. Plants are very difficult to move and have little chance to survive a winter relocation. Sealed glass containers holding liquids (such as wine bottles), aerosol cans (like perfumes), bottles of liquid cleaning materials and other similar items are also at great risk during cold weather .

How to protect your belongings when moving in cold weather?

To ensure the safety of your belongings when moving in the winter, you need to plan beforehand and take some effective precautionary measures that will keep your items in their usual condition, regardless of the weather. Use professional moving services. Moving in cold weather is a difficult and risky endeavor that should not be performed on your own. A self-move in the winter may easily result in ruined possessions, property damage, and personal injuries.

You need the expert help of knowledgeable specialists with rich experience and specialized equipment to keep your belongings safe in any weather and know what to do in any situation. Besides, all reputable relocation companies offer moving insurance, so if any of your possessions get damaged despite the measures taken to protect them, you’ll be compensated for your loss. The most pleasant part is that winter moves are very affordable – most moving companies lower their rates during the off-peak season. Your relocation will be safe, cheap, and hassle-free, despite the bad weather.

To prevent damage to your items when moving in the winter you need to protect them against moisture and cold. You better use quality packing supplies.

  • Pack items vulnerable to water damage in plastic moving boxes.
  • Be careful not to toss them around. Place small, delicate items in sealed, waterproof plastic bags before packing them in boxes.
  • Wrap individual items in thick padding paper and bubble wrap for ultimate protection.
  • Add plenty of padding (crumpled paper, bubble wrap, old clothes and towels, foam peanuts, etc.) in the boxes to create better insulation against the cold.
  • Pack electronics in their original boxes.
  • Pack artwork and other delicate valuables in custom-made wooden crates with plenty of insulation inside.
  • Seal the boxes tightly so that water and cold air cannot get inside.
  • Cover cardboard boxes and wooden crates with waterproofing materials.
  • Wrap larger items in thick moving blankets and plastic wrap.
  • Put clothes in trash bags to keep them dry.
  • Cover plants with a drop cloth or plastic sheeting. 

One more piece of advice is to keep the winter tools handy. Prepare an easy-to-access box with winter supplies such as a shovel, ice melters, warm clothes, etc., and arrange it first to come off the truck. Eat warm food and drink hot beverages. A large thermos for coffee or tea will become really handy.

No matter how challenging it may look, moving in winter months can go smoothly, especially if you follow those simple but handy tips above. Of course, our advice is to hire professional movers. Your winter move may save you a lot of time and money, compared to the high-season summer relocation.