Arizona is known for its endless blue skies and sunshine, especially during the winter months. But if you live in this state, you’ll know that there are parts of Arizona that experience a true winter—snow and all! Cold winter conditions can make moving tricky. But even if you live in central and southern Arizona (which don’t experience typical snowy conditions), it’s still a good idea to be prepared for moving day. Here are some tips for how to prepare for a winter move in Arizona.
If you live in the Greater Phoenix area or farther down south, you won’t have to deal with cold, snowy, and slick conditions on move-in day. Even so, there are a still few ways you can prepare for moving day that doesn’t involve shoveling snow off of your driveway.
Your moving company will contact you a couple of days before your scheduled moving day to confirm your appointment. Be sure to give them any additional details or instructions prior to their visit. If an emergency occurs and you have to cancel, try to give your movers at least 24-48 hours’ notice. Keep in mind you may have to pay a cancellation fee.
Before your movers arrive, be sure to clear entrances, doorways, and hallways of any objects or debris. This will help the move go much quicker and more efficiently. Plus, the process will be a lot safer for you and the movers if no one is tripping over debris.
Even though you haven’t had the chance to see your furniture in your new home yet, it’s helpful to have an idea about where you would like everything to go. If you’ve taken measurements of each room, you should have a good idea of which furniture pieces will fit in each room. Our team can make suggestions about where to place furniture to create a comfortable, welcoming environment in your new home.
It might be cooler outside because it’s winter, but that doesn’t mean you won’t work up a sweat! The Arizona sun is harsh no matter what season it is, so be sure to prepare some refreshments for yourself and your movers. Keep plenty of bottled water nearby for your movers so they can stay hydrated while doing the heavy lifting.
No matter how much we plan, sometimes things don’t go our way—and that’s ok! The best advice we can give is to be open-minded and adaptable. For example, if your furniture layout doesn’t fit the way you expected, we are happy to suggest some alternate layouts to try. Be ready to deal with unexpected weather like rain. No matter what happens, our team will be with you throughout the whole moving process.
Each winter season is different in northern Arizona. Some winters hardly yield a foot of snow, while other winters seem to leave you endlessly clearing your driveway. Either way, you’ll want to be prepared to deal with snowy and icy conditions on move-in day. When moving day arrives, be sure to follow the same tips we mentioned above, but also keep these weather-related tips in mind.
When frigid weather hits, you’ll be glad to have a team of movers to help you bring in your furniture! If you are expecting bad weather on the day of your move, be sure to plan a backup moving date with the movers. It’s always better to be prepared!
Your movers will need a clear path to get from the truck to your door. Take some time to shovel snow from your driveway, sidewalk, and stairs. The easier it is for the movers to get to and from the truck, the faster (and safer) your move will go.
Even if you don’t have snow on your driveway, it’s a good idea to lay down a layer of ice melt salt. This will help keep your driveway and walkway clear of any ice that may form overnight. It’s important to keep yourself and your movers safe on move-in day. (Plus, the last thing you want is for someone to get hurt on your property.)
Even if the forecast doesn’t call for snow or rain on your moving day, it’s a good idea to waterproof your belongings just in case. Try to use waterproof storage items such as plastic bins, mattress bags, plastic wrap, plastic bags, bubble wrap, and waterproof packing labels. Remember: water and electronics don’t mix! Pay close attention to how you pack your electronic devices. If necessary, you can also have your moving company pack electronic appliances to ensure their safety.
This may seem like an obvious tip, but make sure you are dressed for the weather. You will likely be spending a lot of time outside when the movers arrive, so plan to dress warmly. It’s also a good idea to protect your home’s interior by lining entryways with plastic runners. You can also use spare cardboard to cover carpets or rugs. It is likely that the movers will drag in some ice and snow, but with the right preparation, you can protect your floors.
When moving day arrives, things can get pretty hectic. We recommend leaving your children and pets in the care of a trusted relative or sitter. All of the open doors might make it easy for your pet to escape, which wouldn’t be a great start to your new home life. Plus, keeping your children in the care of a trusted friend will keep them safe when it comes time to move in heavy furniture and boxes.
We know there’s already a lot to do when it comes time to move, and winter weather can complicate things. That’s why we wanted to share our advice on how to prepare for a winter move in Arizona. Following these tips can help you feel more prepared to deal with whatever winter brings. And when you have a trusted moving company like Andrews Installation Group by your side, your move will go as smoothly as possible!
For nearly 20 years, Andrews Installation Group has helped homeowners and business owners across Arizona move in the wintertime. We’ve moved furniture in all kinds of weather conditions and know how to handle wintertime moves. So whether you are moving into a new home or office, we can do the heavy lifting so you can focus on getting your space ready to live in.
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