No one ever said moving in the winter months was convenient, but sometimes it’s necessary. One advantage of moving in the off-season is that there is less competition with rental trucks and housing. However, before you make the trek in the snow and ice, here are some things you should keep in mind when relocating to Canada.
1. Always Keep Your Eye on The Sky
Moving in the winter months is like playing Russian roulette. You never know what kind of weather you will wake up too. While it’s certainly a gamble, you must keep your eye on the sky. If there is a big snowstorm predicted, you may need to adjust your plans a bit. You don’t want to get a truck stuck on the road or have a significant setback due to inclement weather. Things can change rather quickly, so be prepared to alter your plan if necessary.
2. Wrap Fragile Items Well
The cold temperatures are not ideal for all your things. For instance, glass tends to shatter quickly when it’s freezing outside. Wrap these items thoroughly to ensure they stay warm. Never leave fragile things sitting outside in a truck for long periods. Pack your electronics or anything else that could get damaged inside a car or SUV with you.
3. Protect the Floors
When moving during snowy weather, you must think about your floors. Not only are wet floors a slip/trip hazard, but cleanup is horrific. Put down rugs, bed sheets, or even blankets to stop wet shoes from destroying the floors. You don’t want the movers slipping and sliding with your precious cargo. Plus, who wants to spend hours mopping when they have all that unpacking to do?
4. Keep Walkways/Driveways Cleared
When moving in Canada during the winter, it’s advisable to keep the snow shovel and salt ready. It’s going to be impossible to move your stuff if the sidewalks are full of ice. Make sure you keep the driveway and walkways cleaned and salted to prevent any mishaps. No one wants to trudge through two feet of snow carrying a big screen tv or anything else.
Winter Relocation Safety
You know that moving in the cold season is going to be a challenge, but you can’t always choose the best time to relocate. Make sure you get those utilities turned on, the kids are at a babysitter, and you have planned around Mother Nature and her fury. Canada is known for getting snow in feet, not inches, so you will need to make sure to be prepared for whatever comes your way.
The most important thing is to be safe to ensure that you don’t slip or trip and end up having a nasty fall that takes months to recover.