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moving during the winterMoving is already an ordeal in itself. Add winter moving to the mix and you have your work cut out for you. Cold weather moving requires more preparation and planning. Here are some tips for safe winter moving that won’t end up causing you too much stress:

Hire Professionals Movers

Even if you’re just moving a few cities over, hiring professional Jacksonville movers will be beneficial. Movers can quickly load and unload boxes and even help you pack. Most of all, you want to take advantage of their expert driving skills to make sure your belongings arrive safely at your new place. While Jacksonville, Florida rarely sees snow (the last major snow was in 1989), it does rain in colder months and that can make driving a moving truck quite difficult.

If your move is cross-country, that is all the more reason to hire a professional moving company. While it may seem costly, doing it yourself is a false economy when you take into consideration the cost of fuel, insurance, and the stress from dealing with varying road conditions.

Prepare the New Place

If you’re making a long distance move from Jacksonville to another state that’s going to be colder, you want to make sure your lights and heat at your new house are on 1 or 2 days before you arrive. The last thing you want after a tiring day is to fumble around to set up the utilities while shivering in cold.

Packing Tips

Don’t pack liquids as they can burst open or freeze and ruin your items. Covering furniture with quilt moving pads will protect them in the cold weather. Jacksonville movers you work with likely offer a furniture padding service, often at no charge. They’ll ensure your moving pads stay nice and dry. That’s another reason to use professionals so you can focus on other things.

Anything that can be affected by cold temperature, like plants, should come with you in your personal vehicle and not in the moving truck.

Moving Day

This won’t be applicable if you’re just moving from Jacksonville to a nearby city, but if you end up where the temperature hovers above the freezing point, you want to be prepared with layers of clothing that you can easily take off and put on. Drink water to stay hydrated.

Electronics and Breakables

Before using your electronics and appliances (TVs, refrigerators, washers, dryers), they should be acclimated to room temperature. The cold can damage them and they are some of your most expensive items!

Safety

The most important tip for winter moving is staying safe. While your Jacksonville movers will take care of moving your belongings, you’ll probably still have to arrive at your new place in your own vehicle. Stay tuned to the weather report, check the road conditions, drive slower and leave a lot of room for braking. Make a contingency plan in case you fall behind, such as an alternate accommodation. With carefully planning, your winter moving will go smooth and you’ll be enjoying your new home in no time.