Planning a Winter Move
Summer is the most popular time for moving; it’s the season when real estate has the highest turnover and if there are children in the family, a move during the school holidays won’t disrupt their routine. Moving day is also easier when you don’t need to worry about snow or extremely cold weather which might unsettle your plans. However, sometimes circumstances such as starting a new job or family reasons make a winter move necessary.
The Benefits of Moving in Winter
If you can’t avoid moving in winter, you can take heart that moving during the off-season has several benefits, especially when it comes to saving on costs. Accommodation turnover in winter is slower, and many property managers offer rental units at bargain prices to fill their vacancies. Moving companies have less work during winter, so you have a better chance of booking a move for your preferred pick-up and delivery date, and at a lower rate than in summer. Because winter is a quiet time in most neighborhoods, you will have time to unpack and settle in before the weather warms up and summer activities start.
How to Prepare Yourself for a Winter Move
In at least 69 states of America, snow, rain, or freezing temperatures can disrupt your moving day. Here are some tips to help you get ready for an uneventful winter move:
- Keep an eye on the weather. If you’re concerned that a storm might cause road closures or hinder the movers, talk to your moving company about changing the moving date. It’s better to have a delay than to be stuck in a blizzard.
- Salt and shovel or snow blow the walkways along which the movers will carry your furniture. There’s nothing more dangerous than lugging heavy furniture and boxes across an icy, slippery pavement.
- Cover the floors. With movers in and out of the house, it’s inevitable that water, dirt, or even snow will get tracked indoors. Protect your hardwood floors and carpets with floor mats, old newspapers, and plastic tarpaulins.
- Keep towels or sheets handy to protect your furniture against moisture. As the movers carry items from the house to the moving van, the skies might let loose a few stray snowflakes or drops of rain. Cover valuable items with a sheet or towel while they are in transit to the moving van.
- Sensitive electronic devices don’t like cold weather. Bear in mind that the cargo hold of the moving van is not heated. Pack your small electronics into boxes and take them with you in the car where they will travel at a steady temperature.
- Turn on utilities at your new home. It’s a good idea to turn on heating and electricity at your new home two days before moving. There’s nothing worse than moving into a cold, dark house.
- Be kind to the movers. Movers aren’t paid more to endure the elements during a winter move. Show your appreciation by offering them hot drinks, dry gloves, and a generous tip.
With careful planning and the right moving company, a winter move need not be stressful. If you are flexible about timing during inclement weather, a winter move can save you money and offer personal attention from the moving company during the off-season.