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5 Winter Moving Tips from the Moving Companies Kelowna Residents Trust

The moving companies Kelowna residents rely on recommend clearing a pathway between your house and the moving truck to ensure safe loading.

The moving companies Kelowna residents rely on recommend clearing a pathway between your house and the moving truck to ensure safe loading.

It seems pretty much anything you do in winter is a little more difficult. Whether you’re driving on slippery roads or clearing your driveway with a snow shovel, you need to be prepared. Moving in winter is no different. As one of the leading moving companies Kelowna homeowners trust, we should know.

Given the lower-than-normal temperatures and higher-than-average snowfalls in the Thompson Okanagan region, we figured it would be a good time to share some of our wisdom to ensure you enjoy a safe winter move.


  1. Get an Early Start

In northern hemisphere countries like Canada, the days are shorter in winter. As a result, it’s important to get a good jump start on your moving day to make full use of available daylight. In doing so, you’ll: 

  • Enjoy more comfortable daytime temperatures
  • Be more likely to notice slippery sections and obstacles
  • Feel less rushed


  1. Clear a Path

In winter, the path between your home and the moving truck can be filled with hazards, such as: 

  • Knee-deep snow
  • Slippery ice
  • Shoe-soaking slush
  • Dirt and muck

You’ll likely only be using one or two paths to reach the truck, so it’s worth the effort to clear these lanes before you start lifting boxes. That means:

  • Shoveling snow
  • De-icing walkways
  • Removing other obstructions

As part of their moving services, the moving companies Kelowna residents recommend will even roll out carpet between the house and truck to provide a clear path with good traction.


  1. Protect Your Flooring

Even if you clear pathways, you’re still likely to track ice, snow and other debris inside your home every time you return from outside. There are a few things you can do to alleviate this:

  • Have a sturdy doormat at your entranceways
  • Swap footwear every time you go from indoors to outdoors
  • Secure cardboard or other protective material on main hallway flooring


  1. Winterize Your Vehicle

There’s nothing worse than breaking down along the roadside in winter. If you’re moving a long distance, it’s worth checking to ensure you’ve tended to all of your vehicle maintenance requirements. In particular, if you’re moving from a temperate region to a colder climate, you may want to invest in a reliable set of winter tires.

For more on this, read our post: Driving for the Move: Kelowna Moving Companies Weigh in.


  1. Dress Appropriately

Moving is rigorous work. It’s easy to work up a sweat, even when it’s cold out. Dressing in layers will enable you to bundle up when you’re inactive and strip down when you’re bustling about. This will keep you more comfortable throughout the day.

It’s also important to stay hydrated, so be sure to drink plenty of water, and eat regularly to keep your energy levels up.


In terms of customer service and range of service, Bekins Moving & Storage is one of the leading moving companies in the Thompson Okanagan. Call us for a free no-obligation quote.

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