Answered by Nicole La CapriaApril 15, 2013
While movers can still conduct your move in unfavorable weather conditions, it will ultimately depend on the severity of the snow. If snowfall is excessive to the point where driving conditions are poor or your area is in a state of emergency, you will have to reschedule your move. If you are moving during the winter, it is a good idea to periodically check the forecast for your scheduled moving day so you can contact the movers as soon as possible to reschedule in case of a storm.
Additionally, when hiring movers you should inquire about their weather policy to find out what conditions are grounds for the cancellation and rescheduling of your move. If the company does cancel your move, it should be rescheduled at no extra cost to you.
In cases of light snow, your movers will likely still be able to perform your move. However, there are some safety precautions to take to protect your home, belongings, and your movers when moving in poor weather.
- Make sure all sidewalks, stairs, and walkways are shoveled and clear of any snow or ice. It is extremely dangerous for your movers to lug your heavy furniture and appliances through a treacherous blanket of snow.
- After clearing away any snow or ice, put down salt or sand to provide traction and prevent the movers from slipping and falling on any slick surfaces.
- Protect the inside of your home from the movers' wet shoes, slush, mud, salt and sand by laying down protective plastic film, blankets, towels or drop-cloths on your carpeting and hardwood floors.
- If you are traveling to your new home in your own vehicle, it is important to winterize your car by checking your brakes, coolant levels, and the air in your tires.