At Billy Goat in Fort Collins, we want to make every person’s move as stress-free as possible, no matter if they’re moving in July or January. Since today is the first day of winter, we thought we’d spend a few minutes talking about moving during the colder days of the year (the fact that it’s snowing in Northern Colorado today also helps). We’ve written about creating a moving day survival kit before, but in this post, we’ll be making a winter moving survival guide.
1. Keep An Eye on the Weather
Nobody wants to move in a snowstorm, and it’s a good idea to keep an eye on the weather as moving day gets closer. If it looks like it’s going to be a blizzard, contact your moving company and discuss your contingency plan. It’s always smart to have a backup date in place, just in case you can’t move when you first planned to. At Billy Goat, we’ll always work with you to make things easier.
2. Cover Your Floors
If it is wet and snowy outside, be sure to cover your floors with plastic tarps or runners. You and the movers will be coming in and out to carry boxes, furniture, and everything else, and the last thing you want to do is mop before you leave for your new house.
3. Shovel the Sidewalk
Snow and ice can make for treacherous footing, and you don’t want someone to slip and fall while they’re carrying something heavy. Make sure your snow shovel isn’t packed away, and keep sidewalk salt on hand so that you can clear a path to your front door and to where the truck will be parked.
4. Sheets and Blankets
If it’s snowing during your move, make sure you have sheets and blankets on hand so that you can cover your furniture and boxes as they’re being carried to the truck outside. This will protect them from water damage, and you can put the blankets in your car for warmth during the drive to your new place.
5. Stay Warm and Safe in the Car
Speaking of keeping warm in the car, make sure you have your winter outerwear ready for the drive. You can crank the heat, but it’s important to have coats, gloves, and hats for the entire family. Also, be sure you have a kit in the car with salt (or kitty litter) for traction, a flashlight, and a flair or other heat source, just in case you get stuck on the side of the road. You should also check your spare tire, because you don’t want to end up with a flat in the middle of a snowstorm.
6. Be Ready for Anything
Every move has its challenges, and moving in the winter can present even more obstacles. It’s important to be ready for anything, and to remember that you’re embarking on a new adventure. Our team will be there to help you every step of the way.