First-time homeowners, seasoned renters, “snow-birds,” or anyone in-between may already be aware of the multiple many factors included when contemplating a move. However, as the seasons change and winter begins, you must now add harsh weather conditions to your moving considerations. You may begin to find this impending relocation insufferably stressful, but with some forethought and planning, you can successfully move your household in a worry-free, seamless fashion.
Based on our experience as licensed movers, here are some things you can do to help make for the fastest and smoothest winter move:
Safety First: Utilizing Shovels and Salt Paths
While we always recommend using the best packing materials and moving boxes to protect your items, we don’t want you to forget to protect yourself, your loved ones, your possessions, and your movers! Be sure to shovel and salt paths, sidewalks, driveways, and pretty much any ground area where someone might be walking or moving heavy items.
Speaking of Moving Boxes…
You probably know the look and smell of wet cardboard from carrying a package in the rain or snow. During a move, that’s a lot of cardboard being exposed to the elements. Using higher grade moving boxes and materials will ensure that none of your items are damaged, even if you end up in a scene similar to one from the film Frozen.
Snow Melts – Protect Your Floors
When it’s cold outside, we’re thinking about how much we’d rather be inside, right? In fact, there’s even a famous holiday song all about it. Well, during a move, more than half the time is spent on the inside of your old and new spaces, both packing and unpacking. That means a lot of potentially wet shoes on your floors! We’re always careful to protect your flooring with materials that prevent dirt or water stains. You can use things like old boxes from large appliances, car mats you are going to replace later, or even rugs and blankets that will be tossed after the move.
Not something that’s on your “get ready for Moving Day” list, right? However, you already know how important it is to sleep before any big day, and this is definitely true during the wintertime, when the days feel shorter and our bodies naturally get tired more easily. Having a good night’s sleep prior to your move will give you more energy and help you regulate your body temperature better – don’t forget how often the front and back doors will be swinging open, bringing cold air with them, while items are being moved in and out of your spaces. Get plenty of zzz’s so you don’t feel the freeze.
Spend on Specialists
We’re not just saying this because we’re a moving company – we always suggest hiring professional, licensed movers, but especially during the winter. Moving companies help provide faster and safer moves, which are needed most when the weather can be unpredictable.
As a seasoned and premier moving company in Chicago, you can rest assured knowing that at Alliance Moving and Storage, we specialize in both residential and commercial moves, regardless of long-distance hauls or moving you and your family or business over to the next neighborhood. Regardless of the various extremities of weather conditions such as rain, sleet, snow, night, or sunshine, we have it covered with our expert relocation specialists and movers.