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Pro tips for moving in winter

May 26 , 2018

Moving boxes and furniture in new home

Moving can be stressful, and if you’re planning a move during the winter in Ottawa it can be really difficult. Panoramic Properties understands that you can’t always choose the ideal time to move, so we want to help make things as easy as possible. Here are some pro tips for moving in winter.

Get an Early Start

The short, dark, cold days of winter in Ottawa can feel unforgiving. If there is one thing that makes moving in the winter even more difficult, it’s doing it at night. Do as much preparation as possible and get started at the crack of dawn -- so that you won’t have to work into the wee hours. Walking on frozen, slippery ground with your hands full is hard enough, it’s even harder in the dark.

Work with Multiple Layers

Layers of clothing is always a good choice for winter. On moving day you’ll be inside and outside frequently. Loading up the truck can make you break a sweat, even in winter, and you don’t want to be wet in the cold. Removing one layer at a time is the way to do it. Layers also make you less bulky, making it easier to move around during your move.

Prepare Your Vehicle

Whether you are hiring movers or renting your own truck, you also have to make sure your car is ready for the move. You’ll want to make sure you have a full tank of gas, check the tire pressure, and stock your car for an emergency. A breakdown at the side of the road is always inconvenient, but in winter it’s downright dangerous. Without the car’s heater running, you can get cold fast. Make sure you have blankets and an emergency kit on board. You can find pre-packed kits at Canadian Tire (1660 Carling Road) -- less than a 10 minute drive from Baseline Apartments (1785 - 1815 Baseline Court).

Protect Your Possessions

Damaging your stuff is always a risk when it’s being packed up and moved. During winter moves, there are even more precautions you’ll want to take to avoid disappointment. Cold temperatures can make fragile items, like dishes and glassware, even more fragile. Wetness from melted snow is also something you’ll want to avoid. Wrapping or packing fragile and delicate items in towels can help mitigate the issue.

Leave it to the Pros

Our final pro tip is to hire the pros. Hiring professional movers almost always makes things easier. Not only do they do the heavy lifting, over slippery, slushy ground, but they are also used to driving a truck. If you’re not used to such a large vehicle, learning to handle it in snowy conditions is asking for trouble.

Moving never comes without challenges, but Panoramic Properties hopes that these pro tips help make your winter move go as smoothly as possible.