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.
Moving houses can already be a tough time for everyone involved, but trying to plan a move during the holiday season can be extremely difficult. For most families, the holiday season is already filled with holiday planning, preparation, cooking, and traveling, so planning a full move on top of everything that is going on can be exhausting and time-consuming. Fortunately, there are preparation tasks that you can take to make this transition as smooth as possible.
Plan and Organize
To lighten the amount of items that you have to package, move, and then unpack, start your move by getting rid of all of the unnecessary items that you do not need or you do not want to bring with you to your new house. Donate your unwanted items to a Goodwill or Salvation Army, some people might find your unwanted belongings to be useful. Another option is to sell your unwanted items in a yard sale or online.
If small children are involved, a sudden move during the holidays would be devastating, they might not understand that the holidays will be different because of the moving process. Remember to not pack away all of their toys, have a few play things out to keep them occupied.
If your house is traditionally the gathering place where family members would congregate during the holiday season, remember that your home might not be the ideal place for a family gathering this year and ask around if any other relative might want to host for the holidays.
Last but not least, the option of traveling before the move is also available. Hire a moving company to complete the move for you or if they offer storage service, ask them to store your belongings while you are on a vacation. A destination holiday would allow your family to relax and not worry about moving entirely