It’s common knowledge that people use colder weather as a reason to avoid moving in the winter. And who can blame them? The snow and chilly temperatures add additional layers of complexity to the already complicated process of moving. While we aren’t saying it will be an easy task, there are ways you can make it much less taxing on yourself. Moving in the winter requires more strategy, planning and research than moving when it's warm. However, benefits such as better move-in specials and less competition for available rentals are incentives to schedule your move when it’s cold out. If you do happen to be braving a move during the winter months, here are 4 ways to make it easier on yourself and your family.
Pretend You’re a Weatherman
What we mean by this is to stay updated on weather forecasts. Most weather websites will provide forecasts up to 2 weeks in advance, so make sure you aren’t moving during a blizzard. In addition, make a note of severe wind chills and icy conditions – there’s nothing worse than having to carry furniture on an icy sidewalk (salting and cleaning your driveways will be helpful as well). If possible, schedule your move before the first snow storm of the season hits, this way you’ll avoid having to maneuver around piles of hardened snow.
Bundle Up Your Stuff
Just as we bundle up with lots of layers and thick coats when we leave our toasty homes, your valuables deserve the same TLC. Make sure to pack your best china, electronics and furniture with lots of extra padding so that the frigid temperatures won’t do any damage. Paper and bubble wrap work as great insulators for even the most severe temperatures. It’s best not to move your plants during winter, so consider leaving them behind for the next house dwellers to enjoy. But if they're hard to part with, use the same method of extra packing paper and bubble wrap to avoid major damage.
Leave it to the Pros
We don’t want to underestimate your ability to handle a move on your own but wintertime can be overwhelming even for the most experienced mover. If there's ever a time to shell out the extra cash for professional movers, it’s during winter. Professional movers have advanced techniques and tools that the lay person doesn’t have access to, so handing over the reins is a good investment. Look around for winter moving specials since moving companies are more likely to have them during the slow season. Ultimately, you’ll be avoiding potential damage that’ll cost way more in the long run than hiring a professional moving company.
Ensure Your Utilities Are Up & Running
Moving can be stressful and it’s easy to feel homesick once you’ve arrived at your new home. One thing that will make your homesickness significantly worse is if it’s freezing once you get there. Imagine having to sleep in a new place with no heat in the dead of winter - we cannot stress this enough, make sure that your electricity and heat are turned on a couple of days before you move to ensure that you won’t be in an uncomfortable situation. Check with your realtor or landlord about the status of your utilities or call the power company yourself.
While moving in the winter can be tough, there are cost benefits that you should consider. Just load up on the hot chocolate and follow our checklist – we promise you’ll be just fine.