Winter time moves can be good for your budget but are often much tougher than they seem due to the frequency of poor weather conditions and unexpected delays. Instead of getting frustrated, take some tips from Augusta Movers to help you make your winter residential move go as smooth as possible.
Prep Your Moving Surface
Do you live in an area that tends to get a lot of snow or sleet in the winter? Then, it’s always a good idea to salt your driveway or the street where your moving truck will be parked in advance of your actual move. Make sure to shovel any existing snow to get rid of excess slush and debris. Then lay down a generous layer of melting salts around the parking site and along the walkway where you will be moving your items in and out of the house. This ensures that your move will be free from avoidable accidents and save time in the process.
Use the Right Tools
It’s important to use the right tools for the job to ensure that your moving crew is working in a safe environment. Use angled shovels to move the snow, wear proper footwear that offers traction for slippery surfaces and make sure that the tires on the dollies and moving carts are properly treaded to avoid slips and spillage.
Salt on Time
We already mentioned salting, but when to salt makes a big difference. Even on thin ice or light snow, you need to salt the area at least 30 minutes before anyone will be traversing the area. This ensures that the sale has the right amount of time to work, and allows the excess water to drain away.
Protect Your Floors
Have you ever noticed that the people in a moving crew wear very thick heavy boots? These boots are thick to protect the feet and toes in the event of accidents. In dry weather, you may not notice this as much, but during the winter, things can get muddy and slippery in the house pretty quick. Due to safety reasons, movers are not allowed to take off their shoes during their moving projects. Therefore, to protect your floors you should lay down a thick tarp to catch any excess sludge that gets tracked inside.
Board Your Pets
In good weather, it’s easy to tie up your pets outside while the movers take care of business, but in the winter that isn’t possible. Consider boarding your pets up for the day, or leaving them with a friend or neighbor until you get settled into your new home. This will make things safer for the movers and easier on your pet’s nerves.
Pack Winter Essentials Separately
Even the most efficient movers can’t get your house moved and set up all in a day. Chances are you will be looking for common items for at least a month while you get used to your new location. In most cases, this isn’t an issue, but there is nothing worse than not having access to your cold-weather essentials in the middle of winter.
How We Can Help
If you need more advice on moving this winter, or if you are ready to schedule a time for your winter move, give Augusta Movers a call at 647-783-8730 to speak to one of our helpful moving professionals today.