Moving is never easy. It is a lengthy process and there are so many steps and processes you need to go through. To make things even more difficult, you may be moving in the winter - and Ottawa winters suck! We want to take away the stress you may feel that comes with having to move in the Winter by giving you some suggestions and tips to ease the process.
Hiring movers is a really great idea for a winter move because you are going to have to navigate through the snow in driveways and you want professionals to help with lifting boxes and furniture as they are experienced with these types of seasonal moves. It may be a little more expensive than what you intended for your move budget but it is worth it because your things are being moved safely and professionally.
Ottawa Winters can be unpredictable. You don’t know if there is going to be two feet of snow one day or +21 the next. You want to be as prepared as possible for anything that may come your way. The best thing you can do for yourself is planning out your move over a course of a few days in case there is a snowstorm/ice storm/normal Ottawa winter. The last thing you want to do is try and rush a snowstorm by attempting to move everything in one day. Take over the most important things on the first day and take it day by day and keep track of the weather. Some things don’t need to move right away. This will help best if you are not closing on your home just yet so you can spread out your move date over a course of a few days.
If you are moving into a new apartment and you are unable to move over a course of a few days, see if you can store items at friend or families homes during the week before you move. This will eliminate the number of things being moved and you know you can pick up your stuff from your friends and family at any time. Get the important things in first and worry about the non-essentials towards the end.
You want to make sure that you are prepared for any weather that will come your way on the day you move. Have an extra bag of salt in your car so you can salt the driveway and walkway to your new home before you start moving boxes. This will prevent any slips and falls while people are carrying your things into your home.
Consider purchasing a few carpets that have rubber bottoms to place in the hallways of your new and old home so that salt doesn’t get on the flooring. This can be damaging if it’s continuous throughout the day and it’s soaking into the flooring over hours.
Make sure you have warm but breathable clothes on. You want to make sure you are warm enough while moving boxes and things but that you are also getting air because you can tire out from overheating. Take breaks and make sure you and everyone else is drinking water.
Winter is unpredictable and so are snowplows. You don’t know when they are usually coming after a snowfall but you can find out! You can find out from the previous owners if there is a scheduled snowplow done by the city or if there is a company that is hired for the neighbourhood that comes out. This is important to find out because if there is a snowstorm that happens the day before or the day of your move you want to be able to get down the road and driveway of your new home.
Even if it was a light snowfall, you want to have a shovel at your new place to remove the snow from the driveway and walkway to make the move safer for everyone involved.
Something that we can add? Are you moving in Ottawa and looking for packing suggestions? Let us know!