If you are planning on moving into a new apartment this winter, you'll want to make sure that you have all the right supplies and assistance on hand. Winter weather conditions such as ice and snow require additional moving preparation.
Clear The Pathways First
Before your moving day gets underway, you need to make sure you have a clear path to and from the moving truck at both your old and new apartments. If it is snowy, make sure you bring a shovel to remove all the snow from your apartment to where the moving truck will be parked.
You should also bring along some salt with you to melt any snow or ice, to ensure as safe a path as possible for you and those helping you move.
Prepare Your Apartment
In the winter, it does not make sense to have your movers and helpers remove their shoes every time they come into and out of your apartments. However, you also don't want to track a lot of water, mud and salt into your apartments either.
Protect your apartments and keep them clean by setting up rugs at the entrance so that people can wipe off their shoes.
Try to gather all the boxes and furniture that you need to be moved in one central location; that way, your movers will not have to walk around your entire apartment. Additionally, lay down plastic sheeting, tarps or sheets to create a path to your items in your old apartment and a path to where you want your items to go in your new apartment. This will help protect the floors in both your old and new apartments from getting damaged and dirty.
Use A Spotter For Heavy Items
Make sure you have enough people to help you move. You need to not only have enough people to move any heavy items into and out of your apartments, you also need to have a spotter on hand. A spotter can let the people moving large items know where to step and help them avoid any patches of ice, snow or water that could trip them up. A spotter can also step in if something does happen to trip up one of the movers.
Dress For The Weather
Make sure that you and all your movers dress appropriately for the weather. Even though it is cold, everyone should still bundle up and wear lots of layers to protect themselves. Additionally, all movers should wear gloves that have some grip on them; this will make it easier to hold boxes and furniture. Finally, suggest that anyone helping you move also wears shoes that provide them with a good grip and are not slippery.
Keep Plenty Of Water On Hand
Finally, just because it is cold outside does not mean that your movers don't need water. Moving is a physically demanding task; make sure you keep plenty of water on hand so that no one who is helping you becomes dehydrated during the move. You can also keep hot tea and hot chocolate on hand as well to fight the cold and provide water at the same time.
A successful winter move is all about preparation. Make sure clear the path outside of your apartments and create a path within your apartments for your movers. Additionally, make sure that everyone who assists you with your move dresses appropriately for the weather and has access to plenty of water. Lastly, be sure to have all the moving supplies you need on hand.Share
24 December 2015
As soon as my boss asked me to move tor work, I started worrying about the upcoming relocation. I was worried about how my kids would respond to the new surroundings and how I would cope with a different office. Fortunately, I had a helpful friend at the time who walked me through the entire process. He gave me a few tips that helped me to dramatically improve the moving process, including working with movers to handle packing and disassemble my furniture. I wanted to make other people more aware of the resources they have available to them, which is the reason I made this blog.