You’ve moved many times before, but you had always lived in a warm-weather area, perhaps a place like sunny Miami, Florida or Los Angeles, California.

Sure, you drank a lot of sports drinks for a few days as you helped load up your stuff, but it was nice being out in the sun, and there was always a place with great AC that you could escape to for a cool-down.

Your final destination was a new apartment in Champaign, Illinois, however, and although you were starting to get used to a cold and snowy climate, you were offered a great job in booming Austin, Texas, but you have to move in January.

You’re really worried about how the cold weather is going to affect your moving plans, and here are five things you can do to make that cold weather move less stressful.

Get Rid of It

You know our mantra: Downsize! As we discussed in our new city checklist, the fewer the items you have to move, the less time you’ll have to spend outdoors, so take some time before your planned relocation to give away, sell, or dispose of any items you really don’t need or use.

This should include that odd box of old keyboards and cables, clothes you no longer wear, and that cat carrier you really liked but is now useless since you don’t have any pets.

Dress for the Season

Just any gloves won’t do, and if you are looking at a subzero moving day, you’ll need to dress in layers.

The first body parts that freeze are your face, hands, and feet, so be careful to properly insulate your body. If the truck you are loading has a metal floor, be especially careful since metal is an excellent cold conductor and can cause frostbite in a hurry.

Place to Escape

Make sure that you and any helpers you have are able to go to a pre-designated warm-up area as frequently as necessary. Even though you have possibly employed someone on a one-time informal basis only, you can still be liable if they get injured from the cold.

Insurance

It’s easier to drop things and slip or fall in cold and icy weather, so make sure that your homeowners’ insurance will cover your items during your move. If you have contracted with a moving company, check to see that they have proper insurance also, especially for their employees.

Methods

If you are considering a move in January, you may want to spend a little extra money and let professionals handle the process.

This doesn’t mean that you necessarily have to contract with an expensive major moving van company, but you could consider a container move with pro help on both sides. Pack up all of your stuff inside your warm home or apartment and get someone else to carry and load it into a container. On the other side, hire someone to unload it. That way, your time outside is limited.

We all know that moving is not fun, and the cold weather can make it worse. If you get rid of unwanted stuff, dress warmly, make sure you have a warm place to rest during the move, check your insurance, and maybe hire pros to do most of the work, you can make your cold-weather excursion more bearable.

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