shutterstock_312891716There is no such thing as an easy move. Whether you are merely moving down the street or are relocating to another city, thousands of miles away, moving is a stressful and exhausting process. When you compound all of the basic difficulties that go along with the moving process with some other unpredictable factor, such as inclement weather, it is easy to get discouraged. Nevertheless, if you are smart about packing and you hire skilled movers, moving in the winter is quite doable.

Packing well is always crucial when moving, but it is downright essential when attempting a move in the winter. Even if you have tried to schedule your move on a day when the weather is tolerable, it is nearly impossible to predict winter weather very far in advance. Even if it is not snowing or sleeting, there still may be a great deal of ice on the ground, making it difficult to walk, particularly if you are carrying heavy boxes and furniture. The reasons packing well is so important are twofold. First of all, you need to be sure that no water will seep into your boxes if they are briefly set upon the ground. Furthermore, if it does begin to snow, rain or sleet, you will not have to worry about your water-sensitive possessions being ruined. Because of this increased risk of water damage during the winter months, it is important to make sure your boxes are extremely well-sealed with plastic packaging tape. The more durable tape you get, the better. Secondly, packing things well ensures that even if the boxes do get rattled or dropped during the move, the possessions inside will still remain unscathed. No movers, no matter how skilled can predict everything, and things can get jostled during moving. Planning for this, and compensating for it, with sturdy packaging, is the best way to prevent damage.

As for wooden furniture and other large items, it is difficult to package them up in boxes. Nevertheless, they still may be sensitive to water and can be damaged or destroyed if dropped. Many movers will be able to wrap your furniture and other large items in several overlapping layers of cellophane. This will serve two purposes. It will prevent water from spilling onto your furniture and electronics and it will provide some cushioning, so they do not get scuffed or broken during this tumultuous and unpredictable process.