Moving Through the Minnesota Winters
Here in Minnesota, we are well-known for the harshness of our winters. We get snow and ice and rain and loads of traffic. Even in a relatively demure winter (we’re looking at you, 2015) the weather still brings obstacles to the table, and beyond forcing you to shovel the sidewalk or delaying your work commute, it can slow down moving. Moving in the winter can already be a trying experience and adding in wind and snow can brew an even bigger headache. But don’t worry— at College Muscle Movers, we’ve got the experience to get the job done, regardless of the temperature.
Below are some steps that will help anyone get through a move in the heart of a Minnesota winter.
Shovel, Shovel, Shovel
No one enjoys shoveling. At least, no one who hasn’t lost their sanity to the long nights of December and January. Unfortunately, the shoveling has got to get done. If you’re moving into a new home, it’s very likely that it won’t have been shoveled. It’s a rare breed, the type of person who takes on extra shoveling.
Like it or not, you’ll have to set aside a bit of time to visit your new digs and clear out the sidewalk, as well as any walkways you want to use to access the house and bring all your furniture and boxes inside where it’s warm. Once you’ve cleared away the snow, lay down some salt! You don’t want to slip and drop the old family grandfather clock, right? Keeping the walkways dry and clear is the best way to make sure all of your stuff stays safe in transit from your old home to your new one.
For the same reason, you’ll want to make sure that there is a clear walkway from your house to wherever the moving truck is parked.
Heat On/Heat Off
In a Minnesota winter, heat is a must. Like bread and butter. Or popcorn and butter. Or lobster and butter. You get the idea. Heat goes well with everything when it gets cold outside. When your movers arrive, it’s likely that they’ll have to keep the doors open for a little while in order to bring your larger furniture items outside (couches, chairs, tables, desks, etc.) Some people opt to just bite the bullet on this one and keep the heat up, while others turn off their heat for the duration of the move, then turn it back on after all the proverbial dust has settled.
On the subject of heat, you’ll want to make sure you have all your utilities set up when you move into a new home, whether it’s a house or an apartment. You definitely don’t want to spend a night without heat or water in the dead of winter!
Beyond these tips, you’ll want to remain flexible. Sometimes, Minnesotans are just at the mercy of the weather. Here at College Muscle Movers, we can help you get through anything that comes up, but on occasion, delays are inevitable. Rest assured, though, we’ll get you safely moved, even in the foulest weather.