Moving can be a hassle. Scratch that: moving is a hassle.
First, there’s the packing. Next, there’s the truck rental. Surprising how fast that can add up, right? Then, between loading, transporting, unloading, and unpacking your belongings, you’re a nervous wreck — not to mention dirty, dusty, and expected to entertain the friends and family who helped you move in a new living space that’s still a mystery to you. Good times!
While it seems like the bulk of moves happen in the June to August window — no one wants to pull their kids out of school mid-term if it can be avoided — there are some advantages to moving later in the year (especially if schools and kids aren’t your first consideration).
- Fall’s cooler temperatures can make schlepping your stuff a less sweaty adventure.
- Many moving companies lower their prices after the busy summer season.
Fall and winter present their own set of challenges, of course. As we head into that precarious time between fall and winter, Mother Nature and Old Man Winter can get together to turn an already trying task into a nightmare. So how do you make sure your stuff stays safe when getting it out of storage, into your truck rental, and over to your new place?
Playing it safe: things to remember while moving
Watch out for the weather forecast. Make sure your movers have a hazardous weather policy, in case of a serious storm. And if you’re doing it yourself? Make sure you have plenty of tarps, plastic, and a sturdy pair of boots so you’re not hoisting crumbling boxes and traversing wet sidewalks in a slippery pair of sneakers.
Store your stuff in weather-proof boxes or storage containers. You can also line the insides of your boxes with heavy-duty plastic or bubble wrap.
Be wary of cardboard. Rule of thumb: if you’re storing anything on a concrete floor, make sure to use something other than cardboard. Cardboard can get damaged or absorb moisture. If you must use cardboard, place the boxes on a pallet or something similar.
If you’re planning a fall or winter move, remember that bad weather can turn the sturdiest cardboard into a problem, fast. Is that a chance you’re willing to take?
Be bold with the plastic. For extra security, wrap plastic around anything that could be damaged. You think you’re safe from water leakage? Water has a funny way of getting into places you thought were secure.Take into account that getting things into and out of a truck rental may be perilous, as well. Think about you (or your less-coordinated friends) hoisting a heavy boxes, dropping it onto their knee for extra leverage, ramming it into doors, dropping it down the stairs… you need extra cushion.