Winter is just around the corner and although the season brings harsh weather, families throughout the country will move into new homes. We have to know what exactly we are up against: ice, snow, slick roads, and frigid temperatures … all of which increase the risk for personal injury and damage to valuables during a move.
If you plan to hire movers or are moving by yourself this winter, read the following tips to stay safe during your winter move day:
1) Avoid slip hazards by shoveling driveways and walkways before your truck arrives, trust us, you do not want us slipping while trying to move your furniture.
2) Stay warm in the cold by dressing in layers; you can always remove layers if you begin to overheat.
3) Leave the heat and electricity on in your home until you are completely moved out; consider leaving your door open during the move to balance the temperatures. Constantly walking back and forth from a warm house to a cold driveway can cause fatigue.
4) Cover your floors with old sheets to avoid tracking mud and snow into your home. This seems like hassle if your have a big house, but, trust us, you’ll thank us later. Make sure you pin them down somehow.
5) Place towels by the front door to wipe away snow from the dolly wheels as you come in and out of your home. Make sure, as well as the sheets, you pin them down.
5) Consider purchasing extra moving pads to protect all of your belongings from the elements. Snow=Water and water=(sometimes huge) damage.
6) Ensure your moving pads remain dry at all times. If you can, carry the furniture to the truck and then wrap it.
7) Have a shovel and salt on the truck so you can easily clear the loading area of ice and snow
8) Be extremely cautious when driving and watch out for black ice.
9) Keep towels in the truck so you can clean and dry the moving ramp while loading and unloading
10) Carry any plants in the cab of the truck, not in the back where they can be affected by cold temperatures.
As always, have a safe move and enjoy your new home.