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Oh No! It’s a Blizzard and Today is My Moving Date

Snow, cold, and ice add stress to our day to day lives without adding a move on top of it. But life doesn’t stop because the weather gets bad and so it’s important to know how to keep everything under control during a move, especially when that move is on a work timeline. Obviously, in extreme conditions, such as a blizzard, it is very possible that your transferee’s mover will have to postpone pickup and/or delivery. Safety is always priority number one for both employee and vendors working with them. However, winter moves are not uncommon and there are certain things that can be done to make sure they run smoothly.
Below are my five favorite winter/bad weather moving tips ranging from dealing with the weather itself to how to protect your home on moving day along with a few things in between. If you have experience moving during this time of year, please feel free to add your favorite tips in the comments below.

  1. Salt the driveway and walkways: Not only will this help movers, but it’ll help your transferees too. They’ve got delicate glassware and wedding china packed up perfectly – and nobody wants to watch it get thrown as the mover slips on a patch of black ice. And more importantly, this will help to protect your employee, their family, and their movers from injury. There’s a ton of in and out on moving day so it’s best to prevent slippery walkways.
  2. Remember mover responsibilities: A quality mover will come prepared to protect floors and furniture with cardboard, plastic, and moving blankets. But to be sure, advise your transferee to talk to their move coordinator before moving day. If he/she is a homeowner, they certainly don’t want any salt or snow induced damage to the floors before they are able to sell. And if they’re a renter, they’ll want to make sure everything stays in good condition so they can get their security deposit back.
  3. Dress accordingly: As I mentioned in tip #1, there is a lot of going in and out of your home on moving day. The front door will likely be left open which means that heat will escape and it will be cold. The last thing a relocating employee needs is to catch a cold or worse, the flu, while at the peak of their move.
  4. If possible, prep the new home: Depending on the specific situation, your transferee’s new home may need some preparation before the movers arrive with their things. They should try to arrive early, turn on the heat, and salt the paths here as well. The sun sets early during this time of year and it may be helpful for them to arrive before the sun goes down and check everything out. Your transferee should inform their mover about what the parking situation is like. Is there a driveway that will be cleared? Is there street parking available? Is the street wide enough for a moving truck or will they need to deliver in a shuttle? All of these questions should be answered prior to moving day.
  5. Mark boxes clearly: This is always important, regardless of the weather. But it’s even more important during the winter season, as there are likely certain things that will need to be accessed right away; like extra blankets, mugs for hot beverages, and cold weather clothing.

Sure, the busy moving season is still a few months away, but relocation happens all year long! While inclement weather can definitely make moving a bit trickier, there are still several things people can do to ensure a seamless move.


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