Moving during the winter is highly recommended as it allows more flexibility since it is not the “peak season” for movers. In some cases, rates are also lower during this time since movers have less bookings. However, moving during the winter is also challenging depending on where you are moving. Whilst you won’t have to worry about the heat which can make movements uncomfortable due to sweating, you might have to add extra steps in your moving plan to prepare for any inconveniences caused by rainstorms or snowstorms.
Create a detailed moving plan
Whether you’re planning to move during the winter or any other season, planning for a move, especially interstate moves, takes a lot of time and consideration. Whilst moving during the winter is convenient since you won’t have to worry too much about having a lot of competition for your chosen moving date, there are additional details that you must include in your plans, including contingency plans for different weather conditions like snow or heavy rain.
Prep and pack belongings for bad weather
Packing and preparing your belongings for moving during the summer takes time, but when you’re moving during the winter, you will need extra packing materials to ensure your goods are packed safely.
Depending on where you’re moving in Australia, you may need to pack your items differently to protect them from bad weather. Consider hiring professional removalists to pack your items for you to make sure they are properly wrapped. Aside from employing various techniques to waterproof your items, professional movers also know how to use various packing materials more efficiently.
Look for weather updates
As your moving day approaches, it is crucial to keep yourself posted with the weather forecast in your area and the city/state you’re relocating to. This way, you can properly prepare your items for the uplift. As mentioned above, it is best to use an extra layer of protection for your items. If the forecast mentions rain on the day of your move, waterproof your items when you pack to protect them in case it rains whilst your belongings are loaded into the moving vehicle.
In case your area is experiencing severe weather conditions, consider reaching out to your removalist and ask if the uplift or delivery will proceed. In some cases, especially when road conditions are too dangerous, your move may be postponed until it is safe.
Don’t forget to protect floors and carpets
As you pack, look for items that can be used to protect your floors from dirt and damage during the uplift and delivery of your goods. No matter the size of your move, surely you won’t want dirt and mud traipsed through your rugs or scratches/damages on your flooring. To avoid these, look for materials that you can use to make a path to the front door that you and the movers can follow. If you don’t have enough materials, you can create a path from one or two sections of the house and replace it as you move around.
This takes some extra effort to set up but it can lessen the amount of cleaning you will need to do once the uplift or delivery is done.
Avoid wearing too many layers
Whilst wearing layers during winter is highly recommended to keep yourself warm, it is not advisable on moving day. Since you will be moving from one section of the house to another, you can expect that you will be sweating a lot even if it is cold. To avoid feeling sticky and uncomfortable as you carry items to or from the moving vehicle. If you’re feeling cold, consider putting on a jacket or thicker clothing that you can easily remove once you feel warm enough.
Whether you’re moving on your own or you’re hiring professionals, wear comfortable clothes, so you can move freely when packing and lifting items, and doing other moving-related tasks. Additionally, opt for footwear that is comfortable and will protect your feet in case something falls on your feet.
Avoid buying perishable goods
Depending on where you’re moving, it may be more practical to finish all perishable goods and buy new supplies upon arriving in your new home. If you are doing weekly meal preparation or you’re cooking until your scheduled moving day, buy ingredients that are just enough, so you won’t have to throw away too much on the big day.
If you still have plenty of perishable goods in your pantry or kitchen, check which ones can be easily replaced upon arriving in your new home. Be practical in choosing which items to bring in order to save space and packing materials. In most cases, it is more practical to dispose of these ingredients and buy new ones you’ve settled in your new home. Consider just packing ingredients that are expensive or those that are difficult to find in your new location.