1. Double or Triple Wrap Everything with Waterproof Materials
Invest in bubble wrap, stretch wrap and garbage bags, you can buy those big rolls in every hardware store. Even if you are paying for professional movers there is nothing they can do if your boxes get wet in the pouring rain, on the way from your house to the truck and from the truck to your new home. Wrap all your fragile things in bubble wrap, then wrap that in stretch wrap so it will keep everything together. Use blankets to wrap your big wooden pieces and vacuum bags for pillows, blankets, covers and all your fluffy clothes. You will put most of your stuff in boxes, but boxes will easily get wet and soak all the water and eventually fall apart. This way, if you double wrap everything, even if they fall out of the box, they will stay safe. If you want to be one more step ahead, than yes you`v guessed it – wrap more – wrap your boxes too. Use stretch wrap, or simply put each box in the garbage bag and tie it down. If you labeled the boxes, don’t forget to label the bags that are, now wrapped around the boxes.
2. Remember That You Have a Driveway and Sidewalk at Your New Home
You probably cleared the sidewalk in front of the home you are about to move out of, but cleaning in front of the one you are moving into is just as important. Clear out the snow, sand and salt – how is the moving truck supposed to get into your snow packed driveway? Clean it at least one day in advance, if you can’t make it on the same day. It will save your precious time on the moving day and you won’t freeze to death shoveling. If you paid the professionals to move your belongings, remember that they are not paid to clean the snow. Keep your snow cleaning equipment handy at all times, let this be the last thing you pack and the only thing you don’t wrap at all.
3. Drive Safely
If you are renting a moving tuck, it will be stressful enough to drive a big packed up vehicle you are not familiar with, add the bad weather to it and it can get really stressful. Winter tires, or all-seasons, you need to drive carefully. Use the slower lane, let others go around. Think of your safety first, then remember your favourite lamp, or LCD screen that you wouldn’t like to see broken, because you had to step on the brakes to quickly while sliding on the ice. If you are letting professional movers handle everything, it doesn’t hurt to tell them the same things you would tell yourself behind the wheel. They have been doing this many times in all kinds of weather conditions, so maybe they can get too comfortable. You might sound too boring, but keep reminding them on the weather conditions and on the importance of your expensive and fragile things.
4. Keep Calm and Be Organized
If paying for a moving company is too expensive and you only rented a truck, organize every family member that is able to carry a box or a bag. If there is just the two of you, prepare a big bowl of hot chocolate and call your friends. Don’t panic, you need a clear head to keep everyone on the track. Don’t yell, be positive and breathe. Put all of your stuff in one room on the lower level, closest to the main door. Garage would be perfect – this will be your starting station. Make a chain of hands that will hand stuff from that station to the moving truck with one person inside the truck that will organize everything. Do the same thing backwards once you are at the new place. Once all of your items are safely placed inside and you are out from the cold, there is no need to rush. Take all the time you need to unpack and enjoy your new home.
5. Wrap Your Things,But Wrap Yourself Also
Moving day will be all about going in and out from warm to cold. Wear your jacket all the time, house will probably get cold because all the stuff is gone and doors are constantly open. Watch your steps, choose shoes with heavily textured soles that can grip surfaces. Use mittens, you don’t want to drop any box because your fingers are frozen and hurt. Even if movers are doing all the heavy lifting, still, you want to be there to overlook and jump in if something goes wrong. Ask them to wear wraps around their shoes when going inside, this will minimize the amount of dirt you will have to clean later in both old and new place. Also, don’t forget to turn on the heat at your new place in advance, so you can be warm and cozy when all the stuff is in.