Moving to Chicago in the Winter

Moving to Chicago in the winter can be daunting. If you resonate with that statement, read on to save yourself time, money, and stress when moving to Chicago in the winter months.

Chicago winters have unique qualities that set them apart from other cold-weather cities, therefore moving to the city during this time of year may pose different challenges. Fortunately, this process doesn’t have to be complicated or stressful if you follow these simple recommendations for moving to Chicago in the winter!


Warm Clothes

If you are moving in the winter to Chicago, pack plenty of warm clothing. Due to the proximity to Lake Michigan, the temperatures here can drop significantly at night and even during the day. Make sure you keep yourself bundled up when going outside, especially if it’s windy or snowing! Layers are your best friend when moving to a place where the weather is constantly changing.

If the moving day falls on a wintery Chicago day, make sure everyone involved in the move has enough warm clothes. We also recommend wearing waterproof shoes or boots to prevent your feet from the snow and slush. 


Shovels and Salt 

Another thing you’ll want to keep in mind when moving to Windy City during the winter is that snow and ice are common occurrences. So make sure you have an adequate number of shovels and salt available to clear your sidewalks and driveway on moving day – or better yet, hire a professional crew to take care of this for you!

To protect your new floors from the salt and slush, bring an old rug, blanket, towel, or tarp to put down in the doorway where there will be high foot traffic during move-in.


Requesting Building Clearance

Depending on your new residence, you may need to get clearance from the building management. For example, you may need permission to use the service elevator to move your large belongings like furniture and televisions if moving into a high rise. 

*This is a good tip for all seasons, not just winter!


Monitor the Weather 

Watch the weather before your moving day so you can plan accordingly. Often, there is snow and/or rain during the winter months, so be prepared to dress accordingly. Also, keep in mind that your moving crew is experiencing the same cold weather conditions, so be patient with the moving team as they are helping move you into your new home. 


Keep Your Heat On

It might be tempting to save some money and keep the heat off at your new place, especially if you’re not yet spending the night there. However, come moving day it’s going to be very cold in your new place, especially with the door open quite a bit.


Move Your Pets First

Moving your pets first is a good idea any time of the year, but especially during the winter months. Your dog or cat could get cold if they have to wait at your old home for you to get moved in. Getting your pet settled in your new home first will ensure they are warm and secure before your movers arrive. It will also eliminate the possibility of your pet escaping the house and getting lost in the cold city streets.


Be Prepared To Be Flexible

Winters in Chicago can turn ugly fast. Even moving companies with a reputation for reliability cannot control closed roads or unexpected blizzards. When you’re moving in the winter, you should have a backup plan in case of nasty weather. If you need to move your home or business during the winter, trust a professional mover to help. They will understand the risks and challenges you face. Since a professional Chicago moving company works with clients every day of the winter, they have the necessary experience to ensure your move happens without unnecessary stress.