Moving house is a bittersweet process, and one which we all experience multiple times over the course of our lives; well over a quarter of a million households move house each quarter. Moving somewhere new is a deeply exciting affair, but not without its stresses – and the weather shouldn’t be one of them. Here are some simple tips for making your winter move as smooth as possible.
Choose Your Removal Company Wisely
Moving in the winter presents a unique set of challenges, not in the least in terms of weather. With potential disruption on the roads, and the possibility of slip and trip hazards between your old and new home, you will want to make your selection of removal company carefully. If you settle for a simple man-in-van solution, you might expect to find your belongings treated with less care than if you choose an experienced team knowledgeable about safe vehicle-loading practices, and less likely to damage your things.
The other side of the coin for ensuring the safety of your belongings during a winter move is in your packing method. Difficult weather and increased hazards increase the likelihood of damage from droppages or jostling in transit, making it imperative that you pack your things with especial care. Rather than trusting cardboard boxes to contain your things, make sure to wrap them in news- or packing paper at the very least. Fragile items such as glass and porcelain should receive at least two layers of wrapping, using bubble-wrap.
Watch the Weather Forecasts
Closer to the date of your move, you will want to keep a watchful eye on the weather forecasts around that date. Inclement weather, whether a snowdrift or rainstorm, can make the process of moving exponentially harder than it needs to be. As such, you need to be prepared to re-arrange your moving day in the event of unavoidably bad weather, in order to pick a more suitable day to carry out your moving tasks. If you have picked movers experienced in winter moving, they will likely be more than accommodating in picking a new day at short notice.
Check Your Insurance Coverage
Even if you plan everything out carefully, there is an outside chance that things go wrong, from slips and trips between house and van, to accidents on the road, to property damage on the other end. As such, it would be wise to review your insurance coverage, and upgrade it if necessary. For example, if you are renting a new property, you might want to get tenants content insurance to make sure your belongings are covered on the other side of your move – especially if a pesky puddle of black ice on the threshold causes you to drop your flat-screen in the hallway.
Prepare the Removal Path
Speaking of ice, the last essential thing for you to do ahead of your move is to treat the pathway from your house to the driveway, or to where the removal van will be parking. Snow, ice or mud between your front door and the van will make any moving attempts hazardous, especially with regard to heavier objects. Invest in some grit to ensure no ice forms, and shovel away any slip hazards like moss or mud.