Moving is enough of a challenge in good weather, but it becomes even more difficult when a snowstorm or well-below-zero temperatures become involved! To help you out, we’ve assembled seven tips for a smooth and successful winter move in Des Moines.
1. Keep an Eye on the Weather
Always have a "snow date" in mind when you're planning a winter move. If you check the weather a day or two before moving day and see a blizzard is about to blow in, reschedule for your snow date. You don't want to be stuck on the highway with a moving truck in zero-visibility weather.
2. Keep Emergency Supplies within Easy Reach
Make sure the following items are either in the cab of your moving truck or in your personal vehicle where you can reach them in a pinch:
A snow shovel
Sand or cat litter (to put under tires for traction)
3. Dress in Layers
You don't want to be too chilly when carrying boxes into your new apartment, but getting sweaty when it's cold out is a good way to get sick! Dress in multiple layers so you can remove clothing and stay comfortable as you work throughout the day.
4. Stay Hydrated
Moving requires a lot of physical activity, and it's easy to become dehydrated without even realizing it when the temperature is low. Keep plenty of water and warm beverages like coffee, tea, or cider on hand, and sip it throughout the day, and make sure your moving helpers do the same.
5. Keep Plenty of Towels or Rags On Hand
Ice and snow will end up on your boxes, furniture, and boots no matter how careful you are. Having a stack of towels and rags on hand will make it easier to stay clean and keep the mess out of your new apartment home.
6. Don't Drive if You're Not Confident
If you don't have a lot of experience driving a larger moving truck and don't feel confident doing so in winter weather, error on the side of caution. Either hire a professional moving company or find a friend with more driving experience to drive.
Do you have any additional advice for those moving to Des Moines in the winter? Share with us in the comments below!