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Moving in Snowy Winter Weather

If you’re planning a move during the snowy season, keep these tips in mind.

Confirm Dates and Details: Stay in close contact with your mover or move coordinator, especially in the two or three days leading up to the move.

Pack With Extra Caution: If you’re moving something particularly precious to you, consider taking it with you in your car. Don’t skimp on boxes and packing materials.

Prep Your Vehicle: Schedule a tune-up with a reputable mechanic to make sure your car’s ignition, fuel, heating and computer systems are in good shape.

Prep Your Loved Ones, Too: If it’s cold and snowy outside, make sure you and those traveling with you are bundled up. Dress in layers so you can easily add or remove clothing throughout the day.

Make Sure All Access Points are Clear: Driveways and sidewalks at both ends of your move must be clear of snow, ice and slush as much as possible.

Take Care of Your Utilities: Utilities (particularly heating) need to be carefully coordinated at both ends of a winter move, especially if there’s an unplanned interval between your scheduled move day and your actual arrival.

Protect the Floors: Pick up some inexpensive plastic tarps from a hardware store and lay floor mats down at every outside door to protect hardwood, tile and carpeting. 

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(Source: United Van Lines)

Winter Moving Tips

Moving in winter has its own set of challenges. Here are some tips to make the move smooth.

Prepare Your New Home

  • Ensure that your new home is ready (check with the real estate agent or the rental property manager)
  • Make sure you have heat and lights for move in day
  • Clear the snow from walkways
  • Check that parking Areas and/or lane-ways are clear

Prepare Your Old Home for Moving Out

  • Clear snow
  • Protect inside space
  • Keep sand/salt and shovels on hand
  • Have hot drinks available
  • Track the weather and have a backup plan (in case of inclement weather)
  • Plan your travel route carefully
  • Get your car serviced and have all the necessary equipment with you
  • Have an emergency contact list with you

(Source: United Van Lines)

US & Canada Plan a Great Lakes Green Shipping Corridor

A “green shipping corridor” is a route between ports that offers bunkering options for vessels running on low or zero-carbon fuels to decarbonize international shipping. The US and Canada have launched an initiative to establish one for the St. Lawrence Seaway System which extends into the heartland of North America, extending more than 2,000 miles and containing more than 110 ports.

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(Source: gCaptain.com)

Tips for Packing Books

The first step is to decide if there are some books you do not want to pack. You can share them with friends and family or donate books you don’t want to a school, charity or library.


  1. Use a small sturdy box – a box of books can get heavy quickly, so using a smaller but sturdy box can help to distribute the weight.
  2. Secure the bottom of the box – Packing tape layered around the box seam and edges can add support to a heavy box of books.
  3. Line the box – Create a layer around the covers of your book collection by lining the box with newsprint paper.
  4. Organize books by size – Grouping your books by size makes them easier to place in the box while you pack.
  5. Wrap rare collections separately – Individually wrap your rare collectibles, and consider whether to move this with you, rather than in a moving van.
  6. Pack the box – Place your books in the box on their edge, alternating the bound edges. (See video: How to Pack Books)
  7. Fill in any gaps – Use crumpled packing paper to fill in any gaps between the books and box sides.
  8. Secure the top of the box – Close and seal the top seam of the box with a couple of layers of packing tape.
  9. Label the box – Using a dark, permanent marker, label the sides of your box with the contents.

For more tips read the full article from United Van Lines.

Tips for Moving with Your Pet

These tips help create a healthy, happy & safe transition to your pet’s new home:

  1. Take your pet to the vet for a checkup and obtain their health record.
  2. Talk to your vet about options for reducing your pets stress during transit.
  3. Locate a new veterinarian and transfer records.
  4. Update your pet’s identification and microchip information.
  5. Make a transportation game-plan and if your trip takes more than a day, research pet-friendly hotels along the way to get some much needed rest together.
  6. Consider boarding your pet upon arrival.
  7. Purchase supplies.
  8. Check your destination’s pet entry regulations.

If you are moving and have pets we can help. We have over 50 years of experience helping people relocate with their pets. For more information on moving with pets click here.