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Six Winter Relocation Hacks: How to Keep Your Belongings Safe and Sound

December, 2023

When it comes to planning a relocation during the winter months, there are a few challenges to consider. The cold weather can be harsh and unforgiving, making it difficult to ensure the safety of your household belongings. With the possibility of damage to your items, it's natural to feel a sense of worry and concern. However, with proper planning and attention to detail, it's possible to navigate these challenges and ensure a successful relocation.

With over 60 years of experience in relocating households and businesses, King Companies understands the unique challenges associated with cold weather moves, and we are here to assist you. Here are some helpful winter relocation hacks to help give you peace of mind during our move and ensure that your belongings arrive safely at your new location:

  1. Weather-proof your packing: Use waterproof bins and plastic wraps to protect your belongings from snow and moisture. Pack electronics, clothing, and other sensitive items in a way that they will stay dry. Consider using heavy-duty plastic bags as an extra layer of protection for items you cannot place in bins. 
  2. Clear pathways: Before moving day, ensure that driveways and walkways at your old and new homes are clear of snow and ice. Clearing these pathways reduces the risk of accidents and makes moving items in and out easier. Keep salt or sand handy to manage icy conditions.
  3. Utilize daylight efficiently: Winter days are shorter, and natural light is limited. Plan most of your moving during daylight hours to maximize visibility and safety. This will help you avoid navigating icy paths or handling items in the dark. Additionally, ensure your old and new homes are well-lit, with exterior lights functioning properly to illuminate pathways and entrances during the early evening hours. This approach enhances safety and makes the moving process more comfortable and efficient.
  4. Dress appropriately: Wear layers of clothing to stay warm and comfortable during the move. Opt for moisture-wicking fabrics and waterproof outer layers. Gloves and hats are essential, but ensure they don't inhibit your mobility or ability to handle items safely.
  5. Keep essentials accessible: Pack a separate, easily accessible bag or box with winter essentials and immediate needs. This should include warm clothing, hot beverages in thermoses, quick snacks, medications, and basic tools. With these items on hand, you won't have to dig through boxes in the cold if you arrive at your new home late or are too tired to unpack everything immediately. This 'first night box' can also include bed linens, toiletries, and chargers for electronic devices. This ensures you have everything you need for your first night in your new home without the stress of searching through multiple boxes.
  6. Be flexible: Winter weather can be unpredictable, so it's crucial to have a flexible moving schedule. Be prepared for delays and communicate with your moving company about weather conditions and potential changes in timing.
During winter moving, prioritizing safety is crucial. By taking precautions, you can ensure a smoother transition to your new home during the colder months.

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