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5 Things Your Kelowna Movers Want You To Know About Moving In Winter

Posted on December 27, 2018

Leave the driving to our professional Kelowna movers when moving long distances in winter.

Leave the driving to our professional Kelowna movers when moving long distances in winter.

Moving is anything but delightful especially when the weather outside is frightful. That’s why our Kelowna movers work all year long, through rain, sleet and snow, to help both our residential and commercial clients with any type of move, whether it’s local, long-distance or last minute. However, like the weather, you can never be sure what to expect on moving day, so it’s best to be prepared. Here, we offer five things you should know about moving in winter.


1. Put Safety on your Priority List

One of the main reasons it’s important to hire professional residential and commercial movers in winter, and other times of the year, is that moving can be dangerous if not done properly. Winter can provide hazards such as slippery, wet and cold conditions, where a fall and/or trip may cause serious injury to yourself as well as damage to your goods.  

While a moving company such as Bekins Kelowna is equipped to handle winter moves, there are a few steps you can take to make sure your move goes smoothly for everyone.

 This includes:

  • Clearing driveways, walkways and stairs of snow and ice
  • Covering your carpets or floors from having snow, ice and debris dragged inside
  • Packing salt, sand and shovels to take to your new address


2. Keep your Utilities On to the Last Minute

There’s nothing worse than Jack Frost nipping at your nose while packing for a move. That’s why it’s important that your heat, water and phone lines remain open right until and on your moving day. It’s also important to arrange all these services in advance at your new abode. Trying to save a buck or two on your utility bills isn’t worth your pipes bursting. It also helps to have the phone numbers of all your utility companies stored in your phone in case there is an emergency.


3. Leave the Driving to your Long Distance Movers

Old Man Winter can cause havoc on the roads. If your move involves travelling any distance, it’s important to hire long distance movers in Canada who are properly equipped and used to driving along long, icy highways.

If you are planning to drive your own vehicle to your destination, allow for extra travel time and make sure it has: 

  • Undergone a winter maintenance checkup
  • Proper winter tires and chains if you are travelling on mountain passes
  • A full tank of fuel
  • Working radio and mobile phone
  • Ice scraper and brush plus jumper cables and road flares
  • A car emergency kit with a flashlight, warm blanket, spare batteries, snacks, and water
  • First aid kit
  • Warm boots and gloves


4. Take Advantage of the Daylight

The average winter daylight hours in Kelowna last for approximately eight-to-nine hours. That’s not a lot of time to pack, especially if you have last-minute movers coming to collect your items. Make use of the daylight by packing early in the day and then rest when the sun starts to set. If you’re finding it hard to get all your packing done in time, Bekins Kelowna offers packers and movers that come to your home a day or two before your move and carefully pack your items using the appropriate materials.

Winter Moving Tip: Delay packing your coffeemaker or kettle and a few mugs, so you and your movers can warm up with a hot drink on moving day.


5. Be Patient, Have a Backup Plan, and Look into Moving and Storage Services

We in Kelowna know how unpredictable the weather can be in winter. We often experience inversions, where clouds and fog shroud the area in darkness. There are also freak snowstorms, with high winds, sleet, hail and ice, and then the week or two where the temperature can dip down to the minus double digits. All this can cause delays to travel times as well as deliveries, and to the move itself.

If the weather has caused a delay to a long-distance move, it’s best to be patient and have a backup plan such as a place to stay.

If you find you’re in need of temporary storage, Bekins Kelowna offers both residential and commercial storage in its climate-controlled indoor warehouse, so you can store and protect your goods until the way is clear.


See how Bekins Kelowna can help you Wrap up and Deliver Those Big Holiday Presents in our recent blog.


Bekins Kelowna movers are the trusted experts when it comes to all-inclusive residential and commercial moving services for both local and long-distance. Using well-maintained fleets, specialized equipment, and other resources, our professional packers and movers treat your possessions with the utmost care. We also move specialty items such as commercial/office equipment, pianos, hot tubs, safes, pool tables and more.