We have already discussed the benefits of planning your move during the off-season or the winter. The cost of hiring a professional mover is usually cheaper and renting a moving truck is generally more affordable. But there are issues that come up with planning a move for the winter months, here are some tips that can help you plan ahead and avoid those issues before they even start.
1: Working Utilities: Moving into a new home is definitely an ongoing process, but you do not want to arrive in your new home and find that the utilities such as running water and heat are not working properly. Before the final move in day, test any and all utilities and make sure that they are in good working order. Turn on the heating system and water system a few days in advance before moving in.
2: Weather Conditions: If you live in a climate that snow and ice are expected, clear away any snow or ice buildup in the walkways or driveway before moving in day. If you are moving to a different city or state, ask your agent to check the property for you.
3: Available Parking: Regardless of where you are moving or weather conditions, always check if there is adequate parking for the moving van and any additional cars that you’ll be needing for the move. Snow can pile up in your driveway, making it difficult to park the moving van close to your home.
These same moving tips should be applied to your current home and the process of moving out. Clear snow out of the driveways of your home to prepare the loading processes. Protect the inside of your home by placing plastic wrap or cardboard in areas that will see heavy foot traffic during the move and always keep sand or salt handy to battle any frozen walkways.