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Southern areas of Queensland have recently experienced first hand what the media is calling the Cold Snap or Antarctic vortex or The Big Freeze. With snow flowing over southern parts of Queensland, what a better time to let you in on some of the most important tips to know when moving in the snow. Even if it isn’t the most snow in the world, it can still change some aspects of the process removalists will have to follow.
Salt stops paths, stairs and driveways from freezing over. This is very important as if they do freeze over, the pathways will turn into a slippery mess. Which can be a potential accident waiting to happen if someone loses their step and slips. If the snow is very bad, make sure you have a shovel close to shovel out any areas which you need to.
Do not pack all of your warm clothes, keep some out! Unfortunately, you will not be able to have your heaters on while the movers are there, as they will have the doors wide open so it would be a waste of electricity. Therefore, you will need to make sure you have extra jumpers, scarves, gloves and beanies put to the side to make sure all of your family members are warm.
The earlier the better in winter as the sun seems to disappear earlier in the day. Meaning you want to try to finish your move before the sun sets as there will be no more natural light. If you believe the move might not finish until a little later, make sure you have adequate lighting available to ensure it is still safe. Also, the earlier you move the less chance of roads and driveways being frozen and icy.
Chances are you are probably not the most experienced when it comes to driving a truck, especially in snowy conditions (especially if you live in Queensland). That is why it is best to hire professional removalists. They will also get the move done faster and since they are more experienced, meaning more time for you to stay inside and be warm!!!
To ensure you are hiring the best removalists for your job you need to make sure you are asking them the right questions. If you think it may be snowing on your planned move day you should ask them if they have snow chain for their truck tyres (you want your furniture to be safe inside), If they have non-slip mats or how they ensure they will not slip in the wet conditions and if they have ever had experience moving in snow. You may find Brisbane removalists do not have much experience moving in the snow (Its supposed to be the sunshine state…) however they will all have a plan of what to do and make sure they do it the safest way possible.
You will most likely have your tv, radio, computers packed away, however, it is important to keep an eye on the weather in case it is planning to get worse. These days most people will be able to check very regularly using their smartphones but if you do not have internet you always are able to use your car radio and ask friends and family to keep you updated.
Cold weather and pot plants do not get along very well and some pot plants seem to die in cold weather, especially in snow that is why it is very important to look after them. To keep your pot plants warm put them in a plastic bag (grocery bags for small plants or garbage bags for larger pot plants). If they are being placed in a truck make sure they are not touching the vehicles wall as that can be quite cold on the plants.
This is something that needs to be done well in advance. You want to make sure power will be on when you arrive to your new home. Most Brisbane removalists will recommend you organise this at least six weeks prior to moving to ensure your power is on.
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