Moving in the winter offers some advantages but also challenges. Here’s a guide to a residential move in the winter.
Watch the Weather
In many parts of the country, winter weather is unpredictable and may require some precautions. Keep an eye on the forecast. If a significant snowfall or ice storm is headed your way, your mover may want to reschedule. Stay flexible.
Winter weather conditions can make moving more dangerous. Prepare your old and new homes for the move by shoveling or blowing snow from your driveways, porches, and sidewalks. Use sand and salt to improve traction. And make sure the moving truck has a place to park that does not block snow routes.
Protect the inside of your home from the elements—lay plastic sheeting on the carpets. Place floor mats at each entrance. Consider laying cardboard sheets on walkways. Consult with your moving company to determine what they will handle and what you will be responsible for.
You may still be exposed to the elements even with hiring professional movers. Dress in layers to adjust to changing temperatures as you go from room to room and outdoors. Pack extra blankets and warm clothes in your first-day essentials box if those you’re wearing get wet or you run into problems on the drive to your new home.
Prepare Your Car
Service your car before the move and gather winter supplies such as ice scrapers, tire chains, and jumper cables. Put an extra pair of gloves, a hat, a blanket, food, and water in the car in case of an emergency.
Plan your route, but allow for the possibility of taking detours. Also, remember to allow extra time to reach your destination. If you’re meeting the movers at your new home, stay in contact with them in case the schedule changes.
Ensure Utilities Are On
Ensure utilities are turned on at your new home before your moving date. The last thing you want is to spend your first night in a freezing, dark home. Also, ensure that utilities stay on at your old house for a few days past the day you plan to move. Winter weather may require you to move later than you originally planned.
Moving in the winter can be hazardous, especially if you’re unaccustomed to moving heavy items or driving a large moving truck. You don’t want to be learning how to manage a heavy truck for the first time in ice and snow. Professional movers have experience with winter moves and know the best safety practices. They will also likely come prepared with coverings for walkways and heavy-traffic areas.
One benefit of winter moves is less competition for professional movers because fewer people move during this season. Less competition may lead to lower prices and easier scheduling.
Contact us to plan your winter move.