Moving Company Shares 5 Expert Secrets for Moving During the Winter

Winter weather's just a few weeks away...
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Ask all the movers in Boston, Cape Cod, Worcester, and all of Massachusetts and they will gladly tell you that moving is no easy feat. Moving in the winter can be a hassle and can be one of the most intimidating journeys you can make. Sometimes, however, circumstances make it necessary for you to move in winter, and they are unavoidable. Luckily, while moving in winter can prove to be a challenge, it is not impossible. With the tips below, you should be able to have a smooth moving experience.

1. Hire Professional Movers

This is the very first step you should make. You might think you can do it alone, but it isn’t as easy as you might think. Moving in the winter entails a lot of details, and you might feel overwhelmed by it. You can always find an affordable mover that will do a good job for you and ensure your stuff gets to your new home undamaged. Even if you get an expensive mover, the cost is a bargain when you compare it to the cost of moving out on your own, which might lead to damaged furniture and delays when you’re caught in snow storms because you chose a bad route for your move. A mover will be able to handle all that for you and still save you some money.

2. Clear the Snow from Your Driveway

Winter means plenty of snow, and that means your driveway is likely to be covered. You will have to pull up your sleeves and prepare to get ready for some elbow grease as you clear the snow from your driveways and pathways. The movers will be coming in with a truck and clearing out the snow for them will make their lives a lot easier. While you’re at it, you should also use some salt on the pathways and driveways to avoid slippery situations while you’re carrying things to the truck.

3. Protect the High-traffic Areas

The fact that you’re moving means there will be plenty of traffic in and out of the house, particularly through the living room and kitchen. That means there is likely going to be a mess on your floors. If you have a carpet, that can be one hell of a disaster. To protect your carpet and floor, tape down some plastic sheeting or heavy pieces of cardboard to the floor. That way, they will take the beating on behalf of your floor.

4. Set Up the Utilities at Your New House in Advance

Moving in winter might also mean you’re moving to a place that has a winter climate. That said the last thing you want is to arrive at a house with no central heating, no hot water and no electricity. To avoid such discomfort, make sure all the utility bills at the new house are paid in advance.

5. Plan Your Route Carefully

If you’ve hired movers to help you out with the process, which we highly recommend, then you should discuss the route you are planning to use ito avoid driving into storms. Contact your local authority to find out which roads are safe to use and which ones are no-go zones and plan your route based on that information. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on