5 Tips for Moving in Winter

Moving boxes and winter sweaters

Moving can be stressful at any time of the year, which is why many people try to time a big move when the weather is warm and pleasant. It’s just one less thing to worry about! However, sometimes life just doesn’t work out that way, and you find yourself packing your stuff up in the dead of winter. Don’t worry, though, it’s not as terrible as it sounds, as long as you follow these tips for moving in the winter.

  1. Watch the weather. Michiganders know this to be futile, since the weather can change on a dime, but keep track of weather patterns and try to avoid any major winter storms. Keep an eye on traffic, as well, since this can get especially bad during poor weather.
  2. Board your pets. Having animals underfoot with all the chaos of a move is stressful for both you and the pet! Keep them safe and occupied while all the moving frenzy is going on for peace of mind.
  3. Keep your winter essentials out of boxes. Don’t pack away your warm clothes, shovels, salt, gloves, ice scrapers, etc. Keep these in easily accessible containers. You’ll likely need these before, during, or after the move.
  4. Towels, towels, and more towels. It’s likely that, if you’re moving during a Michigan winter, you’ll be tracking in wet, salty slush from our lovely weather. Make sure you have plenty of towels, plastic covering, and cleaning supplies to keep your old place – and the new one! – as clean as possible.
  5. Consider hiring a moving company. While saving money by packing and loading everything yourself sounds tempting, in bad weather, you might want to save time instead by hiring professional movers. If you can’t afford it, recruit friends and family to get the job done as quickly as possible. Don’t forget to pay them in pizza!