Best Tips to Moving in the Snow


There was talk over the local news and online weather stations that the potential for snowfall within metro-Vancouver existed over the weekend. While it never happened the freezing overnight temperatures forecast for the week ahead once again allow for that possibility should precipitation join the drop in the thermometer’s mercury. We all know how well Vancouver tends to handle even the slightest bit of snow so in the spirit of preparedness Best Choice Moving thought we’d use this week’s Vancouver moving and storage blog to guide those of you through the relocation process if moving day lands on snow day.

5 Tips to Moving in the Snow

1. Clear the Path, Old & New

Both for the sake of efficiency and safety of those helping with the relocation be sure to shovel and salt the path of both your current home (where you will be vacating) and the new home (where you will be arriving). If snowfall is consistent for the week of the move it is best to prepare a few days in advance and follow-up with daily efforts to ensure that the morning of the relocation keeps you and your helpers in the clear. Don’t just clear the sidewalks and path to the homes, keep the driveway powderless as well. But it doesn’t stop there. Above-ground concerns will also impact this transition. Snow accumulation on the roof can bring snow melt when temperatures allow. This melt will make its way into the gutters of the roof and when met with existing debris and freezing temperatures, ice dams (a blockade, so to speak) form. This adds weight to the gutters which can equal impending danger for anyone on your property during the move, especially when icicles have also formed on the edges. While you can maintain the ground-level property on your own as moving-day arrives it is best to bring in a professional Vancouver gutter repair service to manage the task for you.

2. Well-Timed Utility Transition

Make sure that you are not left without utilities in either home on the snow/frost bitten day of the move. Your relocation timing may not go quite as planned so be sure to have the lights, heat, and hot water on in each which may require coordination with tenants or landlords depending upon your accommodation transition situation. Include fireplace inspection (new home) as well – make sure the chimney has been “swept” and that all is clear should you desire to keep a cozy fire going while moving your possessions into your new home.

3. Snow-Proof Your Vehicle

Snow tires and back-up chains are a must when the slightest possibility of snow looms on the horizon of moving day. Make sure your car also has a complete check-up the week before the move (to account for potential repairs needed) so that you greatly reduce the risk of a stall on the frozen road to your new home. Keep a trunk full of preparedness supplies such as anti-freeze, jumper cables, flares, window scrapers, anti-freeze, and blankets.

4. Dress in Winter Layers

We know you will work up a sweat at some point when performing the relocation without the help of professional movers, however dress in layers to ensure you are kept warm when outside while easily stripping off articles when packing/unpacking indoors. Keep in mind it’s better to be “overdressed” than “underdressed” when it comes to moving in snowy conditions.

5. Keep Hot Beverages on Hand, in Hand

Everyone helping in the move will appreciate you keeping a fully stocked “bar” of hot beverages on-hand so that they don’t go over an hour without having one in-hand. A snow day relocation goes down a lot better with a big cup of coffee and/or hot chocolate. Even consider a pot full of soup when hunger pangs strike.

While snow may be unlikely for the metropolitan areas of the Lower Mainland it is still a possibility as the weeks approach winter. Some of you may also be moving long distance to or from Greater Vancouver which will put likely you in powdery conditions. We hope the above tips help you with your relocation but should you be looking for the best alternative for moving during a bout of seasonal snow then we recommend contacting our local and long distance Vancouver moving company – we have many years’ experience with moving in every weather pattern Mother Nature puts in our path.