5 Tips for Moving During Winter in Canada

Making a big move during the summer is bad enough, but moving an entire household during a brutal Canadian winter will require more effort, ingenuity, and planning. If you find yourself getting ready to pick up and move your family during the cold winter months, here are some tips to make your move a little easier.

Plan Ahead
Moving is such an intricate process because if one mechanism of your moving plan fails, everything else could fall apart or be delayed. During harsh Canadian winters, you could see your moving plans delayed for a day or longer due to unexpected storms or dangerous weather conditions. It is imperative that you accept this as an inevitability and plan ahead for it.

Keep Sidewalks and Driveways Clear
Canada can experience some pretty brutal winters. Blizzards and polar vortexes can drop meters of snow overnight. Moving large boxes and heavy furniture is strenuous enough during optimal summer months, but trying to do so with meters of snow on the driveway is impossible. Make things easier for you or your moving company by keeping the driveway and sidewalks salted and shoveled to allow faster, easier moving and loading of your possessions.

Don’t Prematurely Disconnect Utilities
Winter can bring unpredictable snow storms and road conditions that are too treacherous on which to travel. This could leave you staying in your old house a day or two longer than you expected. The last thing you want to experience is having to sleep over in your empty home with no running water and no heat. Wait to call and cancel your utilities until your possessions are cleaned out and you’re heading out of the door.

Dress In Layers
The absolute worst thing about moving during the winter is enduring the frigid temperatures outside while you’re carrying boxes and moving furniture. It is vital that you wear the correct footwear to prevent slipping and tripping. Wear insulated gloves to prevent windburn and frostbite. Wear thermals under your clothes to keep you warm and prevent hypothermia.

Have Your Documents Organized and Ready
Moving is a headache in more ways than one. In addition to the packing, there’s also a lot of paperwork that’s involved in moving. Depending on where you’re moving to, the number and type of documents that you will need will vary. Try to organize all of your documents into a file folder with labels so that you can move into your new residence immediately and not be stuck outside in the cold.

Remember that if you find yourself with a problem, don’t hesitate to ask a favor from your neighbors. Chances are that they’ve been watching you from their windows and know that you’ve been struggling with a heavy piece of furniture or the bottom of a box collapsed and spilled your possessions all over the driveway. They’ll understand your pain and be happy to help. It’s the Canadian way.

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