Preparing for any move is a lot of  work, but it can definitely be more challenging when moving during the winter months, especially in Michigan. Luckily, you have the top Michigan moving company in your area that can help guide you through the process.

Preferred Moving & Storage has been helping people move both near and far since 1983, so you can trust us when we say we have the expertise and resources to keep your items safe and secure during the winter months. Let us walk you through some easy steps to help keep your winter move as stress-free as possible.

Plan for the Weather

As a homeowner in Michigan, you already know how cold the winters can be. And while the snow may be beautiful, it can create some unexpected setbacks during a move. The snow combined with icy roads, sub-zero temperatures, and unpredictable weather patterns can certainly compound the stress of moving.  Fortunately, there are plenty of things you can do to mitigate the impact winter weather can have on your relocation:

  • Be sure your utilities are on and working at the new house.
  • Clear all walkways and driveways of all snow and ice before the moving truck arrives.
  • Keep winter clothes, hats, and gloves at hand in case of an emergency or just to stay warm.
  • Have winter supplies like shovels, space heaters, and snow blowers handy.
  • Keep a close eye on the weather and have a contingency plan in the case of a bad storm.
  • If moving long distance, prepare your car for winter travel and allow for extra travel time.

Use These Packing Tips and Tricks

For starters, you should start packing well in advance of your move. Most homeowners underestimate the amount of time needed to properly pack their belongings and find themselves overwhelmed as moving day approaches.  Our professional packers can pack approximately ten boxes per hour -- use this as a baseline if you plan to pack everything yourself.  You can consider getting an estimate from your moving company to pack some or all of your items for you.

Leave clothing in dresser drawers and utilize any extra drawer space for your linens.  Just be sure to remove all breakables and valuables first.

All homeowners like to store items in plastic totes, which is great, but know that these plastic totes will crack in the cold weather no matter how careful the movers are. 

If moving long distance, your belongings may be on the moving truck for a longer period of time. Double wrap fragile items that may easily crack with the extreme cold or temperature changes.  Always pack your TVs and electronics in their original carton or let the movers pack them for you.

Take Advantage of Full-Service Options

Many moving companies offer a wide range of services that extend beyond loading and unloading your belongings. These can include residential packing services, custom crating options, household storage, and much more. Be sure to review their website to get the full scope of  their services before you make your final decision.

Find the Right Moving Company

The best way to ensure your winter move goes smoothly is to choose the right mover to help guide you through the process. And the best way to do that is to read up on reviews, check out their designations, and learn more about their company and the services they offer.

Here at Preferred Moving, we have years of experience moving customers in inclement weather. Our crews will protect your furniture and boxes to prevent them from becoming damaged by the snow, ice, and salt. We can offer to provide safe, durable packing materials to keep your belongings safe and dry. Our crews will also cover your floors, banisters, and doorways to protect your home and furniture. .

About Our Local Michigan Movers

When you choose Preferred Moving & Storage for your move, you will be working with an agent for Wheaton World Wide Moving and a ProMover with the American Trucking Association. Our Michigan household movers have nearly 40 years of experience under our belt, which means you can count on us to make your upcoming move a breeze—no matter what Mother Nature has planned!

Here are just a few of our top-rated services we offer to our customers:

  • Free Moving Consultations and Estimates
  • Full-Service Packing and Unpacking
  • Custom Crating Options for Fragile Items
  • Protective Wrapping for Furniture, Doorways, and Banisters
  • Safe and Secure Storage Options

…and much more!

Are you ready to start planning your move? Call the experts at Preferred Moving & Storage to learn more about why you can rely on us to move your household in any type of weather. You can also fill out our online form to receive a free estimate today.