Dangers of Moving in New York City During Winter, and How to Avoid Them

Dangers of Moving in New York City During Winter, and How to Avoid Them

New York City can be very dangerous for moving in the winter. You have to keep your eyes open and beware of issues that can occur while moving and prepare to avoid them.

New York City is gorgeous in the winter, but with beauty comes unexpected outcomes and dangers. From slippery ice to freezing temperatures, moving can be a real hassle. Make sure that you are careful of weather unpredictability, ice and infrastructure damage in order to have a successful move to New York City.

Weather Unpredictability

New York City weather is unpredictable. Often, meteorologists will misread weather maps. This is not their fault, as it is a difficult job to do. Weather can vary daily in New York City and it can get really bad. Blizzards are not very common but are a possibility, especially in January or February months. These are dangerous because deep snow and high winds can cause difficulty when moving. Plows can bury in driveways and parking spots, too, ultimately stopping movers from reaching a close area to sit while unloading your belongings. With parking at a distance, your items are more susceptible to damage. Weather causes a domino effect in terms of moving in New York City and therefore you should be prepared for all types of situations.


Both ice and black ice are common in New York City. If it is a cold day, often in freezing temperatures, ice can form easily where there was previously water. This can pose a grave danger when moving in to your new home. Movers can slip causing pain to both your contractors and your items they are carrying. Nobody wants to deal with broken bones and belongings, so be sure to sprinkle salt on your sidewalks and stairs of the property you are moving in before you begin moving.

Infrastructure Damage

Infrastructure damage can occur in the cold weather. From burst and frozen pipes to flooding, damage to your new house in New York City can happen easily in the winter. Common issues include the freezing of your pipes causing both a lack of water and a pipe burst, frozen drain pipes, and buildup of snow or water around windows or the base of your house which can cause flooding. To prevent these issues, make sure you prepare and winterize your house. This includes running hot water periodically through pipes and clearing old leaves and debris out of your drain pipe.

Dangers of Winter in NYC

New York City is a great location to move to. Granted, moving in New York City is difficult in the winter, but it will be worth it with proper planning. Be sure to prepare your new location for possible dangers, and always prepare for the unexpected. No matter what happens, you’ll work through the damage and dangers to finally enjoy your new home!

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