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A complete guide to moving in the winter in Minneapolis

July 12, 2019

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Moving at any point is never easy, but it is especially difficult in the harsh winters of the Twin Cities, with much more to consider due to the added obstacles of the unpredictable weather. Here is a comprehensive guide to making your winter move in Minneapolis as easy as possible.

Be prepared for unpredictable weather

One of the worst parts of moving in the winter is the unpredictable weather. You may book your move on a clear day and end up with rain, hail, snow, or strong winds. If you notice concerning weather a few days ahead of time, try to reschedule. If you are unable to, follow these tips to see how you can make the move easier for everyone.

Prepare your home

Even before you begin to move boxes, get rid of any snow or ice in your driveway and sidewalks. Shovel the snow to create a direct path and use salt to melt any ice. This will prevent any dangerous slips or breaking of any fragile items.

Prepare the interiors of both your new and old homes by laying down plastic sheeting and cardboard. This will protect your floors from any snow and dirt that you may bring in from outside. It will reduce the cleaning that is needed afterwards and prevent you from needing to remove your shoes every time you enter the home.

It is a good idea to turn on heating and lights for your new home a few days before you get there. This way your new home will be warm when you get there.

Special care for certain items

Some items are sensitive to cold temperatures and shouldn't be outside for a long duration. When exposed to cold for a long time, some materials will expand, warp, or become brittle. Electronics, wooden furniture, art, instruments, and plants are all sensitive to the cold. If possible, it is best to take these items with you. In most cases you won't be able to move these items personally so you will have to wrap these items specially.

Extra travel time

Snow and ice almost always means that your travel time is going to be longer than you think. You should always give yourself extra time, but in the winter it is better to be safe than sorry. If you notice there is a snow storm coming and you're unable to reschedule your move, expect there to be major delays in driving.

Warm clothes and drinks

You may have packed away most of your winter clothes, but keep a few extra mittens, coats, scarves, and hats at the ready. If anyone gets their mittens wet or ends up needing a hat, you won't have to dig through boxes to find one.

If it is a long move, have hot drinks for a nice break. Friends, family, and movers all appreciate hot chocolate, tea, or coffee in the cold.

Emergency kit

Even if you are moving short distances, you should always keep an emergency kit in your car in the case of your car breaking down or getting stuck in the snow. This includes salt, windshield fluid, a window scraper, blankets, flashlight, clothes, and a shovel (among other things).

Hire experienced movers

Moving by yourself is already a difficult task and is so much harder in the winter. Movers that are experienced with snow can make the experience less stressful. They will do all the moving and driving so you don't have to worry about either. If you have any concerns about the move, discuss them with your mover so they are aware.

Most importantly, when you're moving in the winter it is crucial to be flexible and to focus on enjoying your new home. Our team of movers is experienced with moving in the winter and is ready to help. Contact AAA Movers today to book your next move!

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