Strategies for Moving in Winter

Moving in Winter: Here are my suggestions for moving during the winter in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

While winter is a great time to move, you need to be aware of possible moving issues so that you can avoid them before they occur.

Get Your New Home Ready for the Cold Weather Move or Moving in Winter

Before moving day, it’s a good idea to check with the real estate agent or the rental property manager of your new home to ensure the place is ready for you on moving day.

Make sure you have heat and lights.

You should ensure that all utilities have been set-up and are fully functioning. I suggest having the heat and hydro turned on a couple of days before your arrival just to make sure everything is functioning and that the house is warm for the day you move in. While this is true at any time that you move, regardless of the season, it’s even more important when the cold winds are blowing and the days are much shorter and darker.

Clear the snow from walkways.

Make sure the walks and sidewalks are clear in front of your new home. If you’re moving locally, it’s a good idea to visit your new place the day before the move in date to make sure the walkways are clear and free of ice.

If needed, salt or sand the area. If you’re moving to another town or city and can’t visit your new home before the move-in date; have your agent or property manager check the area for you.

Check that parking area and/or lane-ways are clear.

Regardless of what time of year you move, you should always ensure there’s parking available for the moving truck. It may mean negotiating with your new neighbors or hiring someone (or doing it yourself) to clear the back lane-way or driveway of snow.

Moving in Winter

Moving in Winter

Prepare Your Old Home for Moving Out

Clear snow.

Make sure sidewalks, walkways, and driveways are free of snow. Use salt or sand to ensure areas are free of icy and slippery conditions. The parking area should also be cleared with ample room for movers to use dollies. Check the area first thing on moving day just in case it snowed overnight or that conditions changed.

Protect inside space.

Use large pieces of cardboard or plastic sheeting to ensure high traffic areas are protected from snow, sand, and water. If your floors can withstand heavy duty tape, tape plastic sheets to the floor. Cardboard works best for carpeted areas as small tacks can be used to secure it to the floor. Experiment first before the Secure Moving movers arrive.

Keep sand/salt and shovels in hand.

It’s a good idea to stock up on Moving in Winter supplies in case your vehicle or the moving truck becomes stuck, or it starts to snow. Throughout the move, you should be monitoring conditions and acting on any changes as needed.

Have hot drinks on hand.

Whether you’re doing your moving or hiring movers, make sure you have hot liquids available. Hot chocolate, tea, and coffee will be most welcomed by everyone who’s helping with your move. Extra mittens and hats are a good idea, too.

Keep an eye on the weather.

While this seems like common sense, on moving day, you’ll be so wrapped up in the move that you may forget that conditions might change. Check the weather well in advance of moving day, then follow it closely right up until the movers arrive. If there’s a possibility of inclement weather, keep the radio on during the move to ensure you’re receiving the latest updates.

What If a Storm Blows In?

Have a backup plan.

If a winter storm is threatening your move, make sure you have a backup plan in case you need to reschedule your move. If you’ve hired movers, talk to the company to see what their policy is in terms of winter conditions. Some movers are used to winter weather and may not be willing to postpone the move. If the movers do want to postpone, make sure you speak to your real estate agent or landlord to see if you can stay a few extra days. Typically, if you’re not able to move out, no one can move in, either. But arrange this ahead of time. If you can’t negotiate extra days, speak to the movers about your options. They may still be able to pick up your things, but not deliver them to your new home. If this is the case, you’ll need short-term accommodation.
Find out how to secure short-term accommodation.

Plan your travel route carefully.

Know your travel route and make sure you contact the local authorities to determine if highways are open and safe to travel on. Each state or province has a phone number and website to check for regular updates provided. You should also know the location of overnight accommodation in case you need to stop.

Get your car serviced and have all the necessary equipment with you.

Make sure you have your car winterized, including all fluids topped up, and tires and brakes checked. It’s a good idea to carry chains (if allowed) and know how to put them on quickly. Practice in your garage before you leave. You should also carry a gas can, extra windshield fluid, and salt or kitty litter (works great if you get stuck). Have a good snow shovel, emergency blanket and membership to a roadside assistance service, too.

Have an emergency contact list for you.

Make sure you have all the necessary phone numbers with you, including roadside assistance, highway patrol, and a number of reports on highway conditions. You should also ensure that someone who isn’t moving with you has a copy of your travel plans. Make a call-in schedule with that person so they’ll know where you are and when you should be arriving.


Moving in Winter with Secure Moving Vancouver, BC, Canada.

How to Pack for Moving House

10 Packing Tips You Must Know When Moving House

Relocation is a process we never look forward to. You have to contact Secure Moving ( +1 (604) 724 3432 ), and if you want clean your entire home before you leave tell secure moving. So, how to pack up your house to move?

Here are ten packing tips for moving house.

Packing Supplies You Need

Sometimes you might have to go during a specific time of the day as some grocery shops receive shipments only once a week. You’ll need:

  • Small boxes;
  • Medium boxes;
  • Large boxes;
  • Heavy duty boxes;
  • Wardrobe boxes.

You can make wardrobe boxes yourself by using a tall enough box and adding a metal rail you can find on eBay in different lengths.

Additionally, you’ll need:

  • Packing tape;
  • Bubble wrap;
  • Old newspapers;
  • Stretch wrap for furniture;
  • Marker;
  • Labels.

There are whole moving house kits online you can find for different type of properties. For a one-bedroom flat, a two-bedroom flat and so on.
Another option is to purchase the packing service from a packing and moving company. Moving companies have different types of boxes suitable for all sorts of items and they can do all the packing professionally for you.

How to Pack for Moving House

  • Pack early. The time it will take you to pack all your items depends mainly on their number. However, in most of our articles with packing tips, we state that you should start the packing process earlier. So, for a large house, two months should be enough if you pack one box a day. For smaller homes, one month should be just fine. Of course, this is not an exact number, but you get the idea.
  • Start with rooms you least need. Makes sense to pack the items you don’t use on a daily basis first. Seasonal items you’re currently not using such as garden tools, coats and Christmas lights are perfect examples. This will cause some chaos, which can make moving with your cat easier, by letting them explore the packing materials around.
  • Pack one room at a time. This is one of the most important packing tips which for some reason often gets neglected. Doing this will help you stay organised and will later tell the movers, or anyone unloading, which box goes where.
  • Declutter. Hold a garage sale or give your old unwanted items to charity. There is also eBay, so your options are plenty. If you have friends helping you with your move, ask them whether they need anything you’re planning to sell. After all, you’re not paying them and they should get something for all their troubles.
  • Do not exceed the limit of 30 pounds for a box. You might get a back injury or one of the boxes might not be able to withstand the weight. Pack light items in large boxes and heavy items is small boxes. This packing tip alone will save you a great deal of pain… literally.
  • Fill empty gaps. Use old newspapers, packing papers, or just old rags to fill gaps in the boxes. This should secure the items for the ride.
  • Label your boxes. Write the contents on each box with a marker. Write on the sides of the boxes and not on top, as this will make it easier to recognise them if they’re are stacked. It’s also advisable to use a different colour for every room. Ask your children, if you have any to help you. Kids love drawing and colouring, so what better way to reduce the stress of moving? This is just one method of helping your kids cope with the move.
  • Put heavier boxes on the bottom. Packing tips like this one might be common sense, but they’re still important to mention. By putting your heavy boxes underneath the lighter boxes, you ensure no breakable items will get crushed during the move. Boxes full of books and furniture parts are great examples of what you should load first.
  • Dispose of hazardous materials.
  • Prepare a box of essentials.


How to Deal with Hazardous Materials

Just a good piece of information, if you’re hiring movers: most companies do not transport hazardous materials. The ones that do, have a specific permit, but they are generally very few and a lot more expensive.

Hazardous materials can be:

  • Boxes of paint;
  • Cleaning products containing bleach;
  • Pesticides;
  • Asbestos;
  • Batteries;
  • Fluorescent tubes.

How to Prepare a Box of Essentials

One of the most important moving tips you will ever come across.

Start packing it early, so it can be half way full by the time the moving day comes. Leave room so you could later add last minute items. Put this box last in the moving van, so you can later have easy access to it when you’re done relocating.

Examples of what your box of essentials should contain:

  • snacks, canned or boxed food;
  • can opener;
  • eating utensils;
  • pans and pots;
  • towels and dishcloth;
  • toiletries;
  • baby supplies;
  • pet food (if you have a pet);
  • instruction manuals for all your electric appliances remote controls;
  • first aid kit;
  • tool box.

And so, now you know how to pack for moving house with Secure Moving. Good luck!