Moving is considered to be one of the toughest things to do. Moving in the winter just makes a challenging thing even more so, especially if it happens after the Holidays. There are so many things to check off your to-do list, and it ends up taking more time and effort than expected.
One of the great advantages of moving into a new place in the winter is that it is a slower season for apartment/house hunting, which means better deals for a place to live. Although there are more considerations to think of when moving in the winter, we can make it easier for you with these helpful strategies for a safe move during the winter months.
Get Your Vehicle Ready
When you move during the winter, it is best to ensure that everything is running properly. Make sure your car is fully serviced before the move-in date to minimize any car trouble during the trip. Also make sure your car is winterized with tires, brakes, wipers etc. As an additional precaution, have these items in your car:
- Snow shovel
- Ice scrapers
- Jumper cables
- Phone charger
- Emergency kit
Hire Professional Movers
Professional moving companies are a great choice to avoid a lot of the stress that comes with moving. They have experience with moving in all weather conditions. They also will be able to take care of your furniture by wrapping them and providing you with moving trucks which will transport all of your furniture in one trip. That means less time in the cold and more time in your new home.
It gets dark earlier in the winter, so start early to get the most out of the daytime hours. It will save you time, and it is also more comfortable during the day.
Dress in layers according to the weather. You want to avoid wearing a bulky winter coat and stick to layers because they are easier to move around in. You will be more comfortable in doing your moving work.
Keep Sidewalks and Driveway Snow-Free
Walking on slippery sidewalks while carrying heavy boxes is dangerous and could cause an injury. Be sure to shovel and salt the driveways, and any places you will be walking on to prevent any injuries.
Double Pack Your Possessions
Like dressing up, packing for a move in the summer is different than in the winter. The main reason why is the temperature. You are likely going to be packing fragile items, such as electronics and glass which are sensitive to moisture and drastic temperature changes. Double packing is a great solution for protecting your belongings.
Prepare Your New Home
Prepare your home by placing cardboard, plastic and floor mats on any carpet and hardwood. This will make sure your home is protected at all times throughout the moving process. Plus, it will keep your home clean and prevent anyone from falling on slippery floors.
When it comes to moving in the winter, there are so many unpredictable factors such as road closures, travel time, weather conditions etc. Be flexible and prepared to deal with any possible complications.
Follow these tips and you’ll be sure to have a less stressful time moving into your new home in the winter.