Moving is generally recognized as a very tough thing to do, especially in the winter when you are fighting the elements. Although there are additional things to do when moving in the winter, with the proper precautions, you will be in your new home with no issue. Here are some tips from the relocation experts at Mike the Mover to help take the stress out of your winter move:

1. Dress in layers

Although wearing a winter coat is the most obvious way to stay warm, you may want to think about function. It’s easier to move around in layers instead of wearing a winter coat. You will feel less bulky, more comfortable and able to move around with ease. But always remember to make sure you keep extra clothing layers, hats, scarves and gloves in your car in case the weather doesn’t cooperate

2. Get an early start

Since it gets dark earlier in the winter, it is best to take advantage of the daytime hours. There is also the advantages of a better temperature and increased safety during the day. If you live in a two-floor house try to get your packed boxes on the first floor to save work on moving day. The closer and the easier your boxes are to the front door means the faster it will be to move them. This will allow you to be able to reach your new home earlier and save on the hourly rate of professional movers.

3. Keep the sidewalks, driveways and streets free of snow and ice

Although efficiency is important, remember that safety is your first priority. Walking on slippery walkways while carrying heavy boxes is very dangerous and more likely to cause an injury. Make sure to shovel, salt or snow blow the major walkways you and the movers will be walking on. If you don’t have time to do it yourself, make sure to plan ahead by arranging a snow removal company or your landlord/property manager to take care of it for you.

4. Properly pack your possessions

Just like how you dress, packing for a move in the summer is different than in the winter. The major difference between the two is, of course, the temperature, which is why you have to be sure to do your research on how to pack certain items. Most electronics are sensitive to moisture and drastic temperature changes; and items such as plates, glasses and wood furniture tend to break when exposed to a freezing temperature. Double packing or using extra paper and bubble wrap can help protect your possessions.

5. Hire Professional Movers to Ease the Process

Professional moving companies like Mike the Mover, are a great choice to avoid much of the headache of moving in the wintertime. Their experience with winter weather conditions can bring all of your necessary items in one trip and help you spend less time in the cold and more time in your new home. Get a free quote on your winter move from Mike the Mover and rest assured that your day will go as smooth as possible.