Winter has arrived! That means festive celebrations with family, chilly nights, and – most of all – snow. No matter how you feel about the white stuff, one thing is for sure: moving in it creates some unique challenges. Fortunately, it’s possible to enjoy a safe, easy, streamlined wintertime move, even when the weather outside is frightful. In this blog, we’ll share our top winter moving tips, and some dos and don’ts about moving in the snow. Let’s dive in. 5 Things to Do if You’re Moving in the Snow Stay safe, warm, and motivated during your move with these five must-dos. Dress for the occasion Moving in the snow means you’ve got to stay warm while also remaining flexible enough to bend, step, and lift. Because of this, we recommend dressing in comfortable, breathable layers that you can add on or take off as the day goes on. A winter coat on top of a sweater or sweatshirt and a t-shirt underneath will allow you to layer up when you go outside to pack the truck and take some layers off once you’re inside unpacking the kitchen. In addition to dressing in layers, be sure to keep a hat and gloves handy, and to wear sturdy, waterproof shoes, or boots with a thick rubber sole on moving day. Kick ice to the curb Be sure that your walkway is clear of snow and ice on moving day. We recommend shoveling before your movers arrive and spreading ice-melt anywhere ice could form outdoors. The slippery ground is one of the biggest risks of moving in the snow, so it pays to be proactive and de-ice your property. Cover your floors Moving in the snow means that you’ll track snow (which melts into water) into your new and old houses as you move in and out. With this in mind, keep some old sheets, towels, and blankets on hand. You can use these to sop up puddles, lay down in entryways, or even cover exposed furniture as it gets carried through a snowstorm to the moving truck. All Gallo crews have floor protection for the areas they are working in. Take breaks Moving in the snow is hard work, and you’ll need to take breaks accordingly. Any time you notice yourself feeling chilled or tired, take a 5–10-minute break to rest somewhere warm and have some water and a snack. Remember – the human body burns more calories to stay warm when it’s cold out, so it’s normal to feel a little more tired than usual during a winter move. Keep delicate items warm Certain items, like electronics, can’t withstand frigid weather. Instead of leaving them packed in the moving truck overnight, keep them in a warm place until it’s time to move them. This helps prevent damage and ensures they’ll arrive at your new home safe and sound. It can also help to double-box electronics in high-quality moving boxes, and wrap them in a layer of insulating material, like a moving blanket. 5 Things to AVOID During a Winter Move Keep your move from going off the rails by avoiding these five winter moving mistakes: Packing your winter essentials During a summer move, it might be OK to pack your snow boots, mittens, and hats deep in a box somewhere. If you’re moving in the snow, though, you’ll regret this quickly. Instead, leave all your winter essentials out and easily accessible. Consider packing them in a duffle bag or backpack, which you’ll keep with you during moving day. Letting your pets run loose Winter is hard on everyone, but it can be especially dangerous for pets. Instead of letting them frolic around during the moving day, board them or keep them in a locked room. In addition to preventing them from running off and getting lost in the cold, this also ensures they’re not tracking snow, mud, and sleet into your new home. Rushing Moving is stressful, and it’s normal to feel a little hurried during moving day. After all – there’s a lot to do before you can call your new house a home. Still, it’s essential to take your time when you’re moving in the snow. Driving too fast on snowy roads or running up and down a slippery walk is a recipe for disaster. Instead, take it slow, take your time, and focus on safety over speed. Waiting to turn your utilities on Few things are worse than arriving at your new home at the end of a long, chilly day and realizing that you forgot to have the heat turned on. Call the utility companies and have your utilities turned on several days before you plan to move to avoid an unpleasant surprise like this. This ensures you’ll have a warm house, light, and running water by the time you arrive. Doing it all on your own Moving during the winter can be incredibly difficult, and it’s tough to do it alone. With this in mind, we recommend hiring a team of skilled residential movers who can help you pack and move your home safely – even during a snowstorm. You’ll be grateful for the extra help, and you may even avoid injuries and moving mistakes in the process. Gallo Moving and Storage: Your Wintertime Moving Sidekick If there’s one thing we get a lot of here in Massachusetts, it’s winter. Fortunately, that means our team members are experts at wintertime moving. If you’re moving this season, we’re here to help. Whether it means navigating a snowstorm, packing boxes for moving day, or helping protect delicate items in chilly weather, you can trust us to be here for you every step of the day. Contact us today to learn more about our residential moving services or start budgeting your move with our free self-survey tool now.