Moving in Montreal at any time of year can be stressful, but it can be even tougher when you have to move during its winter months. From the snow on the ground to bitterly cold temperatures, moving during the winter comes with its own set of challenges. From our years of experience moving Montreal families in the winter, we have put together this list of top recommendations for a smooth winter move.
1. Plan for delays
It is important to pay attention to the weather forecasts in the week leading up to your move. In the winter, travel times in Montreal are challenging at the best of times. If possible, it is recommended not to schedule the move for a snowy day since snowstorms could cause major delays. The good news is, moving companies usually have more flexible schedules in winter because of the low season.
2. Cover the floors
Moving is a busy activity and floors endure the rugged soles of non-slip winter boots. Cover the floors with plastic or paper from your local hardware store to prevent smudges and scratches, or if you’re using a professional mover, ask them to bring specialized rubber floor runners. Also, it’s a good idea to place utility mats outside the door so that the movers can wipe their shoes before coming in the house.
3. Clear driveways and sidewalks
Shovel, salt, or snow blow walkways to make them safer for movers as they carry heavy items and furniture. This will help speed up loading and unloading giving you ample time to settle into the new residence.
4. Protect your fragile belongings and Electronics
Cushion electronics using bubble wraps to prevent damage. Since most moving trucks do not have heating capabilities, transport the electronics in your car to avoid sharp temperature drops. Bubble wrap or double pack delicate items such as glassware and works of art so they can remain intact during transportation.
5. Equip yourself with gear and tools
Wear slip proof boots and warm, waterproof clothes. Ensure you also have shovels ready to clear snow and ice from the driveway. Also, get some old sheets and towels to wipe snow or water from the furniture and other belongings.
6. Move early in the day
The short winter days give little allowance and can limit the time window when you can move. Starting the move early in the morning gives you a better chance of finishing the move during daylight.
7. Hot drinks will warm the body and soul
Getting some hot coffee, team or hot chocolate will be very appreciated by your family as well as the movers as they take a break from the cold and not-so-pleasant winter day move.
Have you ever use Montreal Movers in the winter months? If yes Feel free to share your experience in the comments below.