Exclusive tips when moving in the winter
Moving in the winter is a big step and the chills may be a huge drawback. But it also carries with it a large number of perks. Moving in the winter gets you better deals on truck rentals. You'd be able to spend less but still get the full services offered by the moving companies. However, don't let your budget get in the way of your safety. You need to guard yourself and plan ahead. Here are some amazing guidelines you can use.
Ensure the car is serviced.
If you've rented a truck, ensure that it's fully serviced and prepared to handle the winter environs. The truck needs to have its fluids changed, and you can identify this from the colour. The brake fluid should range between clear to yellowish, while the transmission fluid should be a dark red colour.
The tyres also need to be winter tyres. You can identify them by checking their treads. Winter tyres have much deeper treads, about 30% deeper than ordinary tyres. Also get tyre chains for the truck particularly if you'll be travelling over mountain passes.
Pack winter supplies.
Ensure you have your winter supplies ready. A shovel can assist you in removing snow that accumulates around the truck or on the road during your move. Once you arrive, you may have to dig a stretch that reaches your home. A bag of salt would melt the ice and ensure that the icy pathways are safe to walk on.
Watch the weather.
Watching the weather a few days before your move is a smart choice. You'll know the best time to depart, and you'll also be aware of any incoming storms that may affect your move.
Another thing you need to be aware of is the traffic. Pay keen attention to the traffic reports, and plan a route that will have the least issues. The worst thing you can do to yourself is being trapped in the middle of nowhere surrounded by heavy snow, just because you failed to know that an accident occurred in that road.
Don't park as you would in the hot summers. Items sensitive to temperatures such as electronic equipment, delicate wood, and antique furniture should be packed careful to prevent their damage. Have them wrapped with multiple layers of quality insulators and additional bubble wrap before boxing them up. For plants, the winter could be too harsh on them, so leaving them behind would be best.