Winter Moving Checklist

Recently, I heard a song on the oldies station about how it never rains in California. That’s mostly true during the summer. However, as the song goes on to say, “man, it pours!”Grass Valley Movers' view of Winter landscape from moving truck

Grass Valley gets about 54 inches of rain a year (the average across the U.S. is 39 inches) and as much as a foot or more of snow. Rocklin is not quite as wet—only 32 inches of annual rainfall and just a dusting of snow. But for both locations, about 80 percent of the annual precipitation falls between November and March, with December and January being the wettest months. So, if you move during the wintertime, there’s a fair chance you may have to deal with some rain or snow. If you do, you may find the following moving checklist useful.

Know the Forecast before your Moving Day.

In today’s digitally-enabled world, you can get up-to-the-minute weather reports on your TV, phone, or tablet. There are even apps that let you watch the radar sweep in real time. This may be the best way to avoid getting caught in rain or snow—one of the ways our movers time the loading or unloading of the moving van for an agreeable weather window.

Prepare Walkways for Moving Traffic.

While it's sometimes fun to laugh at people slipping on ice, it's never fun to be the one falling. Use salt to keep walkways clear of ice and snow. Some floor surfaces, especially ceramic tile or finished concrete, can get slippery when wet. You should cover any such floors with cardboard to prevent slippage. FYI, our moving and storage companies routinely cover hallways and other walking surfaces to protect your home while we are transporting items to our moving van.

Keep Goods Dry in Moving Boxes.

This is basically common sense. If you load or unload in the elements, minimize the exposure of cardboard cartons. They can withstand a little moisture, but a soaking will destroy them. A box of books, for example, would be a total disaster. Cover cardboard cartons with a plastic sheeting. Or, consider using plastic containers instead.

Use Stretch Wrap and Plastic Bags for Packing.

Roseville Movers' view from the Moving Truck in Winter

Use the special stretch-wrap plastic to cover cloth and upholstered furniture for protection during transportation. It also works great for protecting mattresses—as do the large, plastic bags available in twin, queen, or king sizes. For artwork, use heavy-duty plastic trash bags and seal with tape to keep contents safe from moisture.

Get in Gear for Moving Boxes.

It should go without saying, but dress for the weather. A rainjacket and galoshes can help you stay dry as you work. Gloves with rubber palms can keep your hands protected and provide a gripping advantage for handling items more securely.

As your Grass Valley moving company and Roseville movers, Ernie’s Van & Storage is ready to provide safe transportation. Use our moving checklists for rain or snow or sunshine. Read our blog articles or moving tips from Atlas Van Lines for all the resources you may need for your next move!

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