Written by Mariah Obiedzinski

winter movingThe ice, the snow, the cold winter. This is possibly the worst time to move, right? Wrong! Moving during the winter presents a unique set of challenges, but it’s manageable with a few extra precautions.

Use these seven winter moving tips to make sure you and your belongings arrive at your new home safely:

  1. Get help. Hiring a professional moving company is imperative this time of year. Invest in a quality move team instead of trying to do everything on your own will minimize your time in the cold, decrease your risk of frostbite or injury, and avoid the chance of a friend or family member losing their footing in rougher conditions. Deciding what moving company you want and trust to move your valuable possessions can be difficult. Make sure to do your research when selecting your movers by verifying their reputation for high customer service and a track record that supports it.
  1. Clear the path. Take time to shovel or plow the driveways and sidewalks at both your old location and your new location. It’s easy to misjudge stairs and drop-offs when they’re obscured by snow. Taking a few extra moments to clear the way will make moving easier and safer for your crew.
  1. Watch the weather. The temperature can change quickly in the winter. What starts as slush can turn to ice within a few hours. It also gets dark earlier in the winter, so plan trips to and from the new location accordingly.
  1. Carry emergency supplies. There are plenty of small unplanned challenges which are a natural part of the moving process, but don’t let snow or ice be one of them. Whether you drive your own vehicle or rent a moving truck, ice and snow on the road may get in your way. You can get yourself unstuck quickly if you carry a shovel and salt or sand. It’s also wise to keep a vehicle emergency kit, water, snacks, and blankets handy just in case.
  1. Layer up. It’s important to dress warmly, even though you will be working hard on moving day. Consider wearing layers you can peel off as necessary. It’s better to start with too many clothes on than to deal with being cold all day. Make sure your ensemble includes a hat and warm gloves.
  1. Wipe it down. Keep old rags and towels handy to wipe away the snow, salt, sand, and dirt which will likely get caked to your shoes and your moving containers. This will not only protect your belongings but will also keep the floors at your new location clean and dry.
  1. Raise a glass. Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean you won’t sweat. Stay hydrated by drinking water throughout the moving process. It’s also a nice gesture to provide warm drinks or water for your crew to enjoy during or after the move (coffee, tea, or hot chocolate are inexpensive and will be much appreciated by your friends, neighbors, or professional movers).

With a few extra precautions, moving during the winter can be easy and safe. If you feel overwhelmed, remember this: At least it isn’t hot!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Mariah Obiedzinski  is a freelance blogger for USCargoControl.com, an e-commerce company specializing in moving supplies for both professional and DIY movers.

29 thoughts on “7 winter moving tips

  1. Clearing a path is a must! Not only should you get the snow out of the way, you should salt to prevent ice from forming. If someone slips carrying some boxes, they and the boxes are in for a bad time. Thanks for the tips!

  2. Great advice on staying hydrated. Sometimes it’s hard to tell when you need water in the cold but if you are working hard, you probably need to hydrate. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Thanks for the tips! I’m moving this winter so these tips will help me feel more prepared in case I have to move my things in icy and snowy conditions. Carrying emergency supplies with me seems like a great way to be prepared. You’re right, there are plenty of challenges that snow and ice presents, especially when moving heavy objects on the road. Keeping things like an emergency kit, water, snacks, and blankets will help me be prepared if anything happens.

  4. Awesome tips here. It is difficult to move during the frigid winter. The tip from above I really like is: “Carry emergency supplies.” It is always key to be prepared for the worst scenario. Especially during winter. This can save you hours of frustration and money. Thanks for posting this valuable resource!

  5. Nice post! I’m moving cross-country next month and I still haven’t started decluttering. I’m now planning and needed some more ideas on this move. Your tips are quite helpful for me and I’ll have them in mind while keep organizing stuff here. Thank you for sharing!

  6. I’ve had to help my siblings move countless times, and I agree that you should get professional help when moving, because I’ve had some close call injuries. I also agree that you should watch the weather. I’ve never done it, but moving in the snow would be dismal!

  7. Great tips! Yes, do your research when looking for help. Call 3-4 movers. Get quotes from all and chat with them a bit to get a sense of who they are. Doing this may save you a lot of time and money in the end. Happy moving!

  8. I recently moved apartments and I live in a place that gets really cold and a lot of snow, layering was a must. I would add that if there is ice on the ground to make sure you are aware of that especially if you have to use stairs. Moving is hard enough as it is, winter conditions can make it tough so make sure you are wearing adequate clothing and being careful with your steps.

  9. I really like your tip about making sure that you watch the weather when it comes to moving in the winter. We are going to be moving in the next few weeks and we want to make sure that we do so safely. We have some things that we want to put into a storage unit for now so we will have to keep these tips in mind, thank you for sharing!

  10. I find it is really useful for me. Thank you so much for sharing winter moving tips. I will suggest your posts to my friends. Hope more people will appreciate your posts.

  11. Excellent and honest moving tips. I found this much useful information on moving in winter, Thanks for sharing this so interesting post! I want to be thankful for the way you have put it here.

  12. I agree that moving can be stressful and a little overwhelming sometimes. But it’s something that we can’t all avoid. I think that one of the biggest things that could help with a move is get help. Sometimes we’re stubborn and don’t want other people to help us out but it can be so nice! I think if I were to move that I would hire a moving company to help out with it.

  13. Snow does seem like it would make stairs distances hard to judge. It seems like ti would help speed up the process as well if you movers aren’t worried about slipping on the ice. It might also be smart to have a rug or towel for them to dry their feet off with when they come back inside.

  14. Well, moving winter is not an ideal thing. It is just because roads are slippery and unsafe due to the occurrence of snow fall. So, it is better to take some precautions before relocation in winter. Your blog describes about some winter moving tips, which I find very useful. Apart from these, here in the following I want to share some suggestion which may help everyone during relocation in winter season.
    1)Check the weather report and plan accordingly before taking final decision.
    2)Hire a professional mover and finalize the date by making some warm discussions.
    3)Organize the stuff ahead of time.
    4)It is better to move early on the date which has already been decided. Etc.
    Thank you for sharing such a lovely blog.

  15. I liked this blog very much informative. The best thing in this is to in this blog we can see that you have shared us the information from step by step according the weather and etc. This helped me out to move my stuffs from the moving company.

  16. I really like your tip about making sure that you watch the weather when it comes to moving in the winter. Like you said, the temperature can change quickly and ice can form quickly. We are going to be moving in January of next year so we will have to keep these tips in mind. I think hiring a moving service to help us with the process would be really helpful. Especially if we are moving in the winter. Thank you so much for sharing!

  17. I liked that you talked about how it would be a good idea to watch the weather. It does seem like a good thing to have an idea of what the weather will be like. It might be a good idea to have a plan for it if rains or snows on the day of the move.

  18. We have to move soon and we wanted to look up some tips on how we could move the best. That’s a great idea to make sure that the company we pick to help us move has a great track record. We wouldn’t want them to have a bad one, especially in the winter time where even more accidents can happen. Thanks for the tips!

  19. Moving process is more hard and stressful, if it is winter no more words to explain it. This awesome post explains the moving process in an easy flow and it will be very useful while moving. You mentioned about the minute things like Warm dress, Raise the glass, Watch the weather and Clear the path where we have to concentrate and I liked that very much. Thanks for sharing.

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