Before the cold weather sets in, it’s important to make sure that your property is protected. The cold can bring many threats to your home and your household items.
Here we’ll discuss some precautions to take to ensure that your property is protected against the cold weather.
Take Inventory of Items In Your Garage or Storage
Some items like electronics or furniture will be fine when stored in a non-heated storage unit or garage during the summer months. However, if exposed to the cold and humidity in the winter months, they may be damaged or destroyed.
Many electronic items you may be storing in your garage such as TVs, cable boxes, DVD players and computer monitors can be destroyed by the winter’s cold and high humidity.
Another thing to think about is protecting furniture you may have stored in your garage or storage unit. The harsh winter cold can cause wood to contract, causing cracks and damage.
Excess humidity can accumulate and cause water damage or mold. Finally, items with a polished metal finishing can oxidize leading to damage and potential ruin.
It may go without saying, but antiques, instruments, and art pieces should never be stored in a non-climate controlled environment. If you have any of these items in your garage, find a nice home for them inside during the winter months!
Watch Out For Freezing Pipes
A burst pipe can do all sorts of damage to a house. If you are planning a trip, check to make sure that your pipes have been insulated.
If the forecast is for extremely low temperatures, you might even consider leaving a sink dripping water while you are away. The moving water will prevent the pipe from freezing. A ruptured pipe in a wall can do damage to the home, and of course any household items and personal property nearby.
Extra Precautions When Moving During Winter
Be sure to take precautions to protect your property in cold weather.
For items that may be exposed to the cold in the moving truck or temporary storage, be sure they are properly packaged and wrapped up. Wood and upholstered furniture should be wrapped properly to prevent moisture build-up and to protect it from the cold.
Electronic devices are best kept in their original packaging or wrapped in plastic or blankets. Also, be aware that furniture or boxes may be exposed to rain or snow when moving – be sure to wrap delicate items in plastic and protect them accordingly!
Call Professional Movers
Moving in winter can be gruesome, especially with the likelihood of rain, snow, wind, and ice during the winter.
Hiring professional movers can help alleviate unwanted stress and expedite the moving process. Other benefits include purchasing moving insurance for added protection on your household items.
Contact Priority Moving Services today for a free moving estimate or for more information!