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Top 8 Tips for Preparing for a Long Distance Move in the Winter

By Guest
November 15th, 2012 - 9:41 AM

Written by guest blogger, Alyssa Howard of Moveboxer.com

When you combine moving and driving long distances in the winter it can create a perfect storm of anxious flurries. In order to cut down on your day-of stress level, follow these tips and prepare yourself accordingly. 

1. Check the Weather Reports

This might seem like it should go without saying, but it's worth noting, as you will likely have thousands of other minuscule details you're dealing with in the lead-up to the day of your move. Check weather reports early and often, because as previous experience has likely proven to you before, the forecast can change quickly, leaving you in a jam if you're not prepared.

2. Clear the Driveway

Make sure all walkways that will be used for moving your belongings are cleared, and keep extra shovels, snowblowers and/or salt on hand in case you need to continue to rid your pathways of snow and ice on the day of your move.

3. Plan Out Your Route

If you're driving to your new home, make sure you map out a route beforehand of which roads and highways you will take. Check conditions and possible road closings due to inclement weather, and have a backup plan or detour route in case your Plan A fails.

4. Winterize Your Vehicle

Get your car checked beforehand so you know all levels are sufficient for a long, winter trip. Just in case something goes wrong, keep the necessary fluids on hand, like anti-freeze and an extra container of gas. Keep in mind that you shouldn't let your gasoline level dip under a half tank in really cold weather, as the less gas you have in your tank, the more likely it is to freeze.

5. Protect Yourselves and Your Movers Against Winter's Bite

On the day of the move, ensure that you have sufficient quantities of scarves, hats, gloves, warm socks and boots. Additionally, have lots of options for hot drinks on hand for the movers (or yourselves) as you load the van, truck, or moving container. You don't want to pose a health risk to yourselves or others just because you're moving on a cold day.

6. Have a List of Emergency Contacts

Know the numbers for roadside assistance, weather and traffic reports and highway patrol. In addition, tell a trusted family member or friend about your travel plans so someone knows where you'll be and will be able to check weather and road conditions regularly for you.

7. Keep Emergency Supplies With You

These include extra gloves, coats, hats and scarves as well as granola bars, blankets, sleeping bags, jumper cables and tow rope. In the middle of the winter, especially when driving on the highway, you don't want to be caught in a situation unprepared.

8. Double Check Utilities at the New House

At the end of your journey, you want to make sure you won't freeze in your new place. Call the utilities company for your new residence to make sure that your heat, electricity and water will be on when you arrive. Especially in the winter, it's a good idea to get service started a day before you're scheduled to get there.

Alyssa Howard is both a writer and the content manager for Moveboxer.com. Alyssa has gone through the top-ranked journalism school at Northwestern University and has also written for Cincy Chic and TheLaw.TV. In her spare time, Alyssa enjoys discovering new music, swimming, and reading biographies. Her favorite part of moving is the first night spent in the new bed in a new house.