Winter Moving: Everything You Need to Know

Gearing up for a move this winter? If you’re in the midst of preparing for a winter relocation and feeling unsure of the best approach, there’s no need to worry—we’ve got you covered with everything you need to know for your move!

Although the conditions and circumstances during the winter might feel like cause for concern, you can effectively handle these details and be prepared for whatever comes your way, as long as you have the proper know-how. Fortunately, winter moves can be manageable and seamless. Interested in finding out how? Keep reading…


How to Handle Your Winter Move

Although winter moves might seem daunting, you can handle your upcoming relocation with ease when you’re prepared with the proper knowledge. In nine simple steps, you can feel fully prepared for your move. Discover more below!

  • Plan Ahead, but Remain Flexible

One of the biggest keys to success during a winter move is to remain flexible and open to adjusting your plans as needed. While it’s crucial to plan ahead for any relocation, it’s also important to expect the unexpected. With winter relocations, there’s always a risk of issues due to inclement weather, ultimately causing delays and potential hiccups in your plans. You may need to adjust according to the conditions, so keep this in mind to avoid getting stressed out by these issues on or around moving day.

  • Be Mindful of the Weather

During the winter, snow and ice can prevent significant issues on moving day. As the day approaches, stay on the lookout for the weather forecast. Whether it’s snow or rain, these conditions can result in dangerous, icy weather that isn’t ideal for moving. If possible, you can make the decision to move with the necessary precautions, but you may also find that it’s best to reschedule accordingly to avoid any major problems. Staying aware of the forecast and any changes to these predictions is crucial. 

  • Work with Professional Movers

To ensure the best results possible, working with professional movers is the ideal choice. When you work with the experts, you can count on them to have the proper know-how to handle inclement weather. Thanks to their professional moving equipment, they can more adeptly facilitate your relocation and ensure ideal results. These measures can go a long way in improving the circumstances of your winter relocation, guaranteeing a smooth process.

  • Pack Your Items With Care

As with any move, packing your belongings carefully is a necessary part of the process. Prioritize packing your items in a way that keeps them safe and secure while in transit. Use ample amounts of padding materials, such as bubble wrap or packing paper, and nestle your items carefully within their boxes in a way that minimizes the amount of movement possible. Taking these precautions will greatly reduce the risk of damage throughout the relocation.


  • Double-Check Utilities

The last thing you want on moving day is to arrive at a freezing cold house. To avoid any issues with your utilities, make sure you confirm all utility transfers or activations prior to moving day. Ideally, you should schedule these services in advance and check in again with your providers about a week or so before the move. This will prevent any unforeseen issues from impacting the success of your relocation.

  • Clear (and Prep) All Walkways

If you’re dealing with snowy weather on moving day, take the necessary precautions to avoid tracking in too much snow or working in unsafe conditions. Make sure you have a clear, direct route from the moving truck to the entrance of your home. Shovel this pathway, and treat it with salt to avoid slipping on ice. These measures will allow you to move safely and to ensure better results on moving day.

  • Protect Your Flooring

To make sure no damage happens to your flooring, use the appropriate protective measures to keep your floors safe and sound from any snow or slush. Set a floor mat at the entryway to offer a place to wipe your feet, and place plastic tarps wherever people will be walking to keep your home clean. Large pieces of cardboard can also be helpful to provide a pathway within your home.

  • Prepare Your Car for Travel

When you’re traveling for a winter relocation, it’s of the utmost importance to ensure your car is ready for winter weather conditions. Especially if you have a long drive ahead of you, take your car to the shop prior to the journey and confirm that everything is in working order before the big day. Prepare with winter tires, antifreeze, and a full tank of gas on moving day.

  • Bundle Up

Last but certainly not least, bundle up! Wearing the appropriate clothing on moving day is crucial to stay comfortable and safe. It’s also in your best interest to wear shoes or boots with sufficient traction to avoid any falls when you’re dealing with snow, rain, or ice. Keep yourself warm and dry with the right clothing for the best results as you tackle your winter move.


Complete Your Winter Move with the Best Ohio Movers!

With these steps, you can complete your move successfully. Looking for a moving company to help you get the job done right? Count on RLD Relocation & Logistics for all of your moving needs. We have served the greater Akron area and beyond for over 44 years, and our top priority is providing our customers with the highest quality moving, packing, and storage solutions.

With RLD, you can trust that your relocation will be completed seamlessly when you rely on us. Interested in discovering more about our affordable rates? Request a free quote online or give us a call at (234) 334-7777

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