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There’s no question about it, most people decide to move in the spring, summer and fall months for a reason – winter brings all kinds of additional challenges to an already-tough time. However, there are some bright sides to deciding to make a shift during the colder months; most notably that moving trucks and helpers will be cheaper and have more availability than they would in the high-traffic summer months. You might also have more flexibility when choosing your moving date, and the ability to take a little extra time so you don’t feel quite as rushed. MoversUnion.com can help you find the perfect moving company or moving truck, even if you need to move at the very last minute, and these tips will assure that you are ready when the trucks arrive.

Plan Ahead for Convenience

Moving in the winter requires a little extra thought and effort, especially if you are in an area that is likely to have ice or inclement weather. Planning in advance can have a big and positive impact on your move; things such as having salt, sand or kitty litter on hand can melt any ice that stands in your way and a snow shovel is a must-have in the wintry north. The last thing you need is to have your unpaid helpers or the moving team slipping and sliding while they are carrying your priceless (and breakable!) valuables.

Prep Your Place

Carpets and floors can really take a beating in the winter, and taking muddy or wet shoes off before entering the house isn’t always an option when you’re in the midst of a move. Instead, put down a plastic or temporary floor covering to protect your home from the dirt and grime that will almost certainly be tracked in no matter how careful you are.

Pack Your Things Tightly

Leaving boxes and bags out in the weather, or even in the garage, can wreak havoc on delicate electronics during the winter – and if items get wet from snow or sleet they can easily be ruined. Cardboard boxes are especially endangered by water, as the least little bit of liquid can cause them to fall apart when they’re picked up; dumping out your breakables onto the ground. Adding extra padding around electronics and appliances is a good thing, as droppage is more a possibility in the winter than in the summer.

Respect Your Team

Having people come out in the winter months to help you move requires a whole new level of dedication, so be sure you are saying “thank you” in appropriate ways - specifically, with hot beverages and food! Do everything you can to make it fun for people to keep their spirits up, especially if the weather has taken a turn for the worse. No matter how frustrated or tired you get, keep a smile on your face and share your gratitude at every turn.

No matter what time of year you are moving, MoversUnion.com is the ideal resource to help you find the tools, team and moving trucks that you need to have a safe and successful move.

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