Top tips for moving long distance in winter weather

A road in Canada that people use to move long-distance in winter weather.

Relocating during the winter days can get pretty cold and hectic. However, moving long-distance in winter weather in Canada is a whole other level of tough. Nonetheless, no matter how hard or challenging it is, getting to spend the winter in Canada is a dream come true. If you love this time of the year and spending the holidays somewhere snowy and fairytale-like, there's no better place to be. Here are some ways to cope with a long-distance move in winter.

Prioritizing is key

Since moving long-distance in winter weather in Canada isn't the same as moving in general, you need to let go of your idea of a perfect move. It's just not going to happen. Prioritize not forgetting the most important things, and anything else will either fall into place or you'll get to it later. As long as you manage to stay healthy and sane during this time, that's all that matters. Of course, there are some things that you can do to ensure that your relocation goes as smoothly as possible. The most effective way to do this is to make a list of all your upcoming obligations. Be realistic and create a timetable in which you'll be able to get to every single thing on your list.

Make sure that your new home is move-in ready

There's nothing worse than relocating during the winter days and getting to your beautiful home only to find out that your electricity isn't on. Double, or better yet, triple check whether the utilities have been turned on and your home is move-in ready. You may not be aware of the severity of this potential mistake if you're moving from a warmer climate, but be sure that winters in Canada are not to be messed with.

 

Interior of a Canadian home that has a fireplace and is very warm.

There's nothing quite as satisfying as walking into your warm and welcoming new home.

 

Hire a reliable moving company

It's only natural that you'll want to be very hands-on during your long-distance move in winter weather. However, since you've probably only relocated once or twice in your life, you probably lack experience and knowledge in many areas. In fact, hiring movers will not only mean letting someone with more experience take over but also learning from them. You'll be able to ask about anything that you're unsure of, and you'll feel much more in control than if you were to do this all on your own.

Make sure to approach finding movers seriously and be thorough in your research. Luckily, there are many great relocation professionals in Canada that you can contact. Finding someone local who knows the place you're moving to is a great idea.

Clear your driveway

During the moving days, you'll probably need to be very mobile. Since this can be tough during winter, you need to ensure that your driveway is always clear and approachable. Additionally, it might be a good idea to sprinkle some salt both over your driveway and the road that leads up to it. This way, you'll avoid slipping and sliding, both on food as well as while inside your vehicle.

Moving long-distance in winter weather with kids

If you're relocating across Canada with the whole family, the stakes are even higher. You'll need to organize how and when your children will be involved. In order to make this easy on your family, you might want to hire a babysitter from time to time so that they're not present during the bigger and more demanding parts. The best thing that you could do is get them excited about the move and let them feel involved in the fun bits. However, if you think that you'll be stressed out and additionally worried, this won't be a good environment for them to be in.

Relocating with a pet

Moving with a pet can be even bigger of a challenge than moving with a child. You cannot explain the situation to them, which could be hard for your furry friends. The best option is probably to leave them with your neighbors, friends, or family members until your home is move-in ready. Only then should you transfer them and let them get used to the new place.

A pug puppy sitting in the middle of the woods under a blanket.

If you're relocating long distance in winter weather with your pet, make sure that they're taken care of.

Check on the weather forecast frequently

Regardless of whether this is already a part of your daily routine or not, you'll need to check on the weather forecast religiously during this time. This is the only way you'll be able to predict when and where you'll be able to go. Your schedule will surely change once or twice (or about 15 times) due to the weather conditions. If you can predict it, your life will be easier.

"There's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing"

A wise man once said: "There's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing". Make sure to always dress appropriately and layer your clothing. This way, no matter where you find yourself or where you're going, you'll be able to take off or add on as needed.

Stay safe

The most important thing, no matter how your long-distance move turns out, is for you and your family to stay safe.

  • Adjust your tires - Preparing your car for moving long-distance in winter weather is just as important as planning the move. Make sure to use tire chains if necessary.

  • Check the road conditions - Apart from checking the weather conditions, you should also check the road conditions. They tend to vary in Canada during the winter days, and changing your planned route at the last second could save you a lot of valuable time.

  • Follow all the signs - Make sure to drive very carefully and follow all the signs and regulations for each section of the road. They're there for a reason.

A very snowy road in the middle of nowhere in Canada.

Make sure to check the road conditions before you decide upon a moving date. The roads in Canada can get pretty icy.

Stay COVID-19 safe

Even though things aren't as bad as they once were, moving during the pandemic can still be challenging. Make sure to follow all the guidelines that are currently in effect in Canada. Keeping both yourself and other people safe is of utmost importance.

Plan for delays

As you're probably already aware, moving long-distance in winter weather isn't going to be easy or smooth. Make sure to take into account that there'll be some delays. Of course, the better you plan out your relocation, there'll be fewer chances of this happening. So, make sure you contact long-distance movers on time, and let them help you ease the stress.



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