Wintertime Moving in Montréal

Well, it’s official. I’ll be moving households within a couple of weeks and I’m really excited about it. But there’s one huge downside to moving during the off season and that’s the unpredictable Montreal weather.

I’ve moved twice in my life during a snowstorm on January 1st, but fortunately this time I have the privilege of not being pressured to move out from where I am or to move into where I’m going on a particular day/time. I’ll be able to pick and choose days with decent weather because I’m lucky enough to simply be moving up 2 floors within the same triplex in Verdun. I have been living back at my parents place for the past year or so after my move back to Montreal from a short stint in Halifax last year that left me in a less than desirable financial situation. But the place up on the third floor recently fell into my lap and I just couldn’t turn down the opportunity to get a fairly large 6 1/2 for $600/mo! I do have to get some things that are stored at my sisters place about 10 blocks away, but that’s not a big deal really.

Now back to moving in the off season. It sucks. It’s cold, often windy and if you’re really “lucky”, there might be 10 inches of snow, or better yet, some freezing rain. I’ve either moved myself or helped other people move in these sorts of conditions and once the truck even got stuck in the snow and it took an extra 30 minutes to get it out. Not fun when you’re paying by the hour. The last time I swore to myself that I’d never move in January again… Never say never.

With any luck the relatively mild weather will continue for another couple of weeks so that I can get my stuff moved in just in time for Christmas, because I definitely want snow for Christmas. Then it can all go away again.

Does anyone else have any wintertime moving horror stories?

2 Comments so far

  1. Vila H. (unregistered) on December 13th, 2006 @ 1:16 am

    February. 2003. Twenty-five below. Plus wind chill. On ice-covered stairs. After a break-up.

    I haven’t moved again since.


  2. Christelle (unregistered) on December 13th, 2006 @ 10:36 am

    Last March… The only horror is that my plants didn’t really survive… The leaves froze and then they all died… I am only starting now to get them living again…!!! Plants and Winter moves don’t mix.



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