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.
Winter can be a great time for people to start a major move. Most people tend to move between the months of May through September or primarily the summer season. The idea is that during the winter, apartment hunting slows down which gives you a better chance of finding an apartment at a better deal which also saves you on your moving costs. The major downside of moving during the winter is dealing with unpredictable weather patterns. Here are a few tips that can make your move during the winter time much smoother.
1) Tracking the Weather: During the winter season, weather patterns can fluctuate periodically. Keep an eye on weather maps and approaching storm fronts for any sudden weather storms. Also keep an eye for traffic reports, plan alternative routes to and from your new home for any unpredictable sudden traffic delays because of weather.
2) Winter Tools Handy: Remember to not store away any shovels, gloves, ice scrapers, or bags of salt because these items may come in handy right away. Keep all of your winter tools in your car during the moving time period.
3) Hire Professionals: Besides the benefits of a faster move and manual labor help, Movers are trained to complete moves in most conditions, even snowy weather.
4) Dress Appropriately: Wear multiple layers to have the ability to take off a few layers when your body starts to overheat from the move. Leaving the door open to your new home is a great way to prevent fatigue during the move. The difference in temperature can help your body keep a consistency body temperature during the move.
5) Carry Towels: Have towels handy to wipe off any snow or rain that might get on the boxes during the move. This can also protect your home from being damaged by any moisture brought in along with the boxes. Lay towels on the floor near the entrance way to absorb any snow or rain water brought in with your shoes.