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What You Need To Know: Practical Advice For Moving In Winter

Moving in Winter

When moving in winter months, you’re likely to encounter snow, ice, cold temperatures, and maybe even rain. A few winter moving tips include creating a packing list and packing items in baskets or other containers that are easy to access and move. Also, use wrapping paper rather than tarp to cover items as tarps can damage items. Furniture is one of the biggest items at risk during a winter move. Next, make sure your new home is well-prepared for the cold weather before you move in. In Addition, plan for clearing any snow or mud. Lastly, plan for protecting the floors for easier clean up.

Keep an Eye on the Weather

Keep an eye on the weather. Paying attention to the forecast is vital when moving during winter months. It will help you prepare for any weather conditions that Mother Nature decides to throw your way. Not only should you pay attention to the current weather conditions, but also keep an eye out for any weather warnings or alerts. These will let you know if conditions are expected to worsen or if there’s a risk of snow or ice forming in your area. If bad weather is on the horizon, try to move as early in the morning as possible so that you have time to wrap things up before conditions get worse.

Get Your Utilities Situated

Moving in winter can be a stressful time, especially if you are moving to a new city or state. Prior to moving, it’s important to make sure utilities are located in your new home. If services are not available at your new address, arrange service with your local utility companies. You may need to provide proof of residence such as a lease or deed and provide a deposit to secure service. It’s best to contact the companies several days before moving day so that the move can go smoothly. Additionally, keeping necessary items such as blankets and bedding accessible can help you transition into your new home quicker and more comfortably.

Plan For Your Pets and Kids

Dog running in snow with a stick

If you’re moving in winter, remember to take steps to protect your pets. It’s important to find a safe space for your pets while moving. If weather conditions are poor, plan extra time for travel. Plan for your pets and make sure they’re comfortable during the move. Keep in mind that moving can be stressful for both humans and pets, and moving day is always the worst day of the move!

Stock Your Car With Winter Essentials

If moving in winter, you must be prepared for any issues that may arise while on the road. Creating a winter moving survival kit can help ensure you’re prepared for any problems that may arise. It should include items such as packing tape, towels, flashlights, salt, and basic tools for furniture assembly. Additionally, packing layers of clothing like coats, snow boots, hats, gloves, and scarves will help keep you warm in cold weather. Before moving day, have your car serviced and check that you have items for driving in cold weather such as tire chains and ice scrapers. This will help ensure that your move goes smoothly.

Dress in Layers, and Wear Water- and Slip-proof Boots.

Warm snow boots close up looking over a snowy hill with houses in the background

Moving in winter can be challenging due to the cold weather and slippery ice. Ideally, moving day should be planned for a day with no or little snow. Wear warm layers, hats, gloves, coats, and scarves when moving day arrives. It is also a good idea to wear comfortable boots that provide support and won’t have you slipping on ice. To avoid injuries, make sure to move carefully and carefully unpack items from your moving truck. By packing smart and preparing plenty of moving supplies, you can move efficiently and safely during winter.

Have Towels Ready

When moving in winter, it is essential to prepare for cold temperatures and heavy snowfall. Towels can be used to wipe down items such as boxes and furniture. Additionally, towels can be used to mop up excess water after transferring items from one location to another. By having towels on hand, you can minimize the time required to clean up after your move. Overall, having towels on deck will help make move day easier and more efficient.

Cover Your Floors

If you are moving in winter, it’s essential to protect your floors from snow, ice, and water. You can do this by laying down floor protection like sheets, tarps, and rugs. Additionally, place doormats at the entrance of your home to prevent mud, water, and snow from tracking in. At Caseys Movers we offer floor protection as a standard service, even in good weather, so we always recommend this step. This will help protect your floors and make move day less of a hassle. Check out our Red Carpet Service offered standard with every Caseys Movers move.

Clear Your Walkways and Driveway

Moving in winter can be a risky and costly affair with poor planning. You must clear the walkways and driveway of snow and ice on the day of the move to prevent accidents. Additionally, ensure that the parking area for the moving truck is cleared and ready for work. Clearing the walkways and driveway of snow and ice on the day of the move reduces the potential for injuries and damage. Before moving, thoroughly shovel and sprinkle salt on walkways and driveways to reduce chances of accidents.

Drain Liquid from Appliances

It is essential to drain the water from any appliances before transferring them. Doing so ensures that they move smoothly and without damage. Additionally, it ensures that the moving company does not have to waste time drying the appliance before hand. It also makes sure that there is no moisture inside of the appliance that could cause damage during the move. Lastly, if move day has freezing temperatures it is important to let appliances thaw before running them. Even heating appliances such as driers need time before running when subjected to freezing temperatures.

Items to Keep Handy When Moving in Winter

To be prepared for a winter move, it is essential to keep handy items such as first-aid kit, flashlights, phone chargers, cat litter or salt, and non-perishable snacks. These items can come in handy during inclement weather conditions and help you stay positive and focused. Apart from these essential items, packing warm blankets, coats, hats and gloves can also help you stay comfortable and warm throughout the move. It can also be beneficial to have warm soup, or drinks ready for that extra boost when moving in winter.


Moving in winter can be brutal, and during a blizzard is even worse. If you are moving in winter weather, you might need to move items that would make move day easier first, such as shovels, ice scrapers, warm clothing, blankets, and snacks. You’ll also want to stock items that will help you keep warm, like flashlights and winter coats. It is not impossible, but winter months can provide more of a challenge for your move. If you find yourself having to move in winter hopefully this guide helps you be prepared to move like a pro! If all else fails you can always rely on the pros at Caseys Movers to provide a consistent 5 star moving service regardless of the weather.

People Also Ask

What month do people move the least?

Generally speaking, the months with the least amount of people moving tend to be in the winter. December, January and February are often considered the slowest months for relocation due to cold weather and holidays. School and other schedules also contribute to a lower rate of moving in winter.

Is it cheaper to move in winter?

Moving in winter can be cheaper in some cases, but it also depends on where you are moving to and from. Generally speaking, winter is a slower season due to the colder weather and additional risks associated with winter moves such as icy roads or frozen pipes. This means that you may be able to find lower rates during this time of year. However, in some areas, costs may actually increase in the winter due to higher need for extra services or challenges. In Oregon, moving companies are regulated by their licensing to uphold a standard pricing scale so the season has no effect on price. Additionally, don’t forget to take into account any special circumstances related to moving such as long-distance moves or difficult access points that could cause prices to fluctuate more than usual.

Boxes packed and labeled for moving company

Moving Company: Helpful Guide For Before A Move

For those of us who don’t have super human organizational skills most of us probably have a few things to finish up the night before moving. As always a list can help so we’re here to provide you with some things to check off on your last day. Even with a moving company there is a lot to prepare for.

Check in with Your Moving Company

While at Caseys Movers LLC we are consistent and never leave our customers hanging, this is actually not the norm. Even with a trusted a company, it’s always a good idea to confirm the details and make any adjustments. It’s also a good idea to double check what things they expect you to do to prepare for their arrival. Try to do this early in the last day incase of any last minute adjustments.

Finish any Last Minute Packing

Packing essentials in suitcase

In a perfect world all of our packing is done at this point, for most of us this is not true. Either way it’s safe to assume the stuff we use frequently may not be packed. As your day goes on don’t forget to pack these things away as you no longer need them. Be sure to have a spot for your essential items that you will need access to before unpacking. Additionally plan a bigger box for stuff like bed linens, towels, clothes, and stuff like your coffee maker!

Prepare Electronics

Chords organized in Toilet Paper rolls

The night before a move is the perfect time to get a head start on disconnecting those daily electronics. The more organized your electronics are in the morning the faster they will be able to get loaded the next day. It’s always a good idea to take pictures of the set up electronics before breaking them down, and don’t forget that old toilet paper rolls can be used to store and label the chords!

Disassemble Furniture

We include furniture disassembly and reassembly with our moving services, that may not always be the case. If you know your moving company is taking care of it, then no problem. For those moving themselves it can definitely help to get a head start on this ASAP!

Plan for Pets and Plants

Moving is stressful for the whole family. Dogs and Cats will notice the change way before move day and as our stress builds so can theirs. Remember to keep comfort items, treats, and if necessary a medical/natural solution to help them relax. It’s important to secure our pets before the moving company arrives so they do not run out or cause other issues. While plants might not display stress or be able to run away as early pets, disrupting their environment can be detrimental. For more tips on moving with plants check out our blog post here.

Get some Rest and Relaxation

Now that you’re on the final stretch of your residential move take some time for you! Even with a professional moving company move day is exhausting. Don’t overwork yourself the day before. If you are finding tasks that go late into the night consider going to bed early instead and tackling them in the morning. Moving is an emotional process and our homes play a huge role in our lives. Lastly, take time the night before to say goodbye and be grateful for your time there. Gratitude is essential and the next day will be fueled with excitement for your new place!

Guide provided by Caseys Movers LLC a Professional Moving Company.