It's easy to let stress rule your life when you're in the middle of a job relocation, especially when weather conditions could be hazardous, but your relocation doesn't have to be as stressful as you think it might be. Trust us, we've been here a time or two which is why we wanted to share some of our top tips with you.
Six Tips For Corporate Relocation During Winter Months
1. Have a plan. When are the movers coming? When do you have to be at your new location for work? How much school will the kids miss? These are all things you need to have a plan for. Make a list of everything you need to do in your current city before leaving for your new home and check it twice.
2. Be prepared for unexpected weather. When you're moving from or to a state where winter weather is common you need to make sure you pay attention to the weather. Have a plan and be prepared to move a few days earlier or later should a storm leave roads too slick to drive on.
3. Weatherproof & waterproof your belongings. It's easy to forget that our belongings sit in our homes where the temperature stays above freezing, so the thought of adding extra bubble wrap or packing paper to your fine china or delicate wood pieces tend to never cross our minds. These items can be extremely sensitive to the temperatures outside causing cracks and chips in your precious belongings. Also, consider finding a new home or another, much warmer option for relocating your house plants. Chances of them surviving below freezing temperatures become more unlikely the further you're moving away from your current home and the longer they're exposed to below frigid temperatures.
4. Don't pack your winter supplies. You're still going to need your shovels, ice scrapers, and that bag of sidewalk salt, trust us.
5. Keep your walkways & driveways free of snow and ice. Make sure you remove all ice and snow from these surfaces before you or the movers begin carrying your personal posessions to the moving truck. Don't forget to add a lot of salt, no one needs a broken leg from a fall that could have been prevented.
6. Weatherproof your vehicles. This tip is primarily for those that are relocating from a warm and sunny location to a colder, more snow-filled area. Make sure you have an ice scraper, check the weather, and always give yourself more time than you think is necessary to get to your new location. If you run into bad weather find a place to stay until the roads are clear.
We hope these six tips help ease the stress of moving during these frigid winter months. Moving to a new location should be a fun adventure, not a dauntiing task.