Would you rather move in the heat of the summer sun or in the bitter cold of a Chicago winter? Neither are ideal, but sometimes there is no choice but to brave the elements during a move. If you’re currently planning a relocation, it’s likely that your move could be wracked with cold weather. Moving during winter months provides its own set of challenges, so you’ll want to make sure that you’re properly prepared. Here is a list of unpacking tips for colder weather to help you conquer your winter move.

Watch the Weather: If you’re moving during winter months, you’ll need to keep a close eye on the weather. Chicagoland weather can quickly reach extremes, so you’ll want to be aware of any snow, ice, or other inclement weather that could get in the way of your move and make unpacking a nightmare. This may require some flexibility if your moving date needs to be adjusted accordingly.

Set Up Utilities: It’s easy to accidentally overlook a few moving details but forgetting to set up your utilities before moving day is a grave mistake during colder weather. Some cities only set up utilities during regular weekday business hours, so you’ll be out of luck if you’re moving over the weekend. Avoid this mistake by getting your utilities set up ahead of time so that your heat is already up and running by the time moving day begins.

Clear a Path: Before you can start unloading anything, you’ll need to make sure that all walkways and driveways have been cleared ahead of time. This will require some forward thinking on your part to prepare your home for the move. Winter moving conditions can be dangerous without proper preparation, so it is important to shovel and salt ahead of time to prevent any accidents while moving your belongings into your new home.

Protect Your Flooring: Since you’ll be going in and out of the house as you unpack boxes, you will likely track in snow, ice, and salt. You’ll want to lay down plastic coverings to prevent damage to your carpet, hardwood, or other flooring. Laying down mats outside of each door will also help clean off shoes before entering the home. These easy tips will keep your home clean and protected as you begin the unpacking process.

Hire Professional Movers: We have one last tip for moving during colder weather – hire a professional moving company! With professional movers on your side, you don’t have to brave the cold weather alone. At Alliance Moving & Storage, we have years of experience navigating the extreme weather of the Chicagoland area.

You can trust our dedicated team of movers to efficiently and safely get your items transported and unloaded, so you and your belongings can move into your warm home as soon as possible. We survived the Polar Vortex, so a little cold weather won’t get in our way.  If you’re ready to schedule your winter move with Alliance Moving & Storage, give us a call or request a quote. We can’t wait to work with you!

Unpacking Tips for Colder Weather