Winter can be a wonderful time of the year. Building snowmen, ice skating, drinking hot chocolate and sledding are all fun things we enjoy during the winter months. If you find that you need to move during the winter though, there are a few extra challenges that you need to account for. Never fear though, as we have you covered with the top 5 tips for moving during the winter.
1.) Clear Your Driveways of all Snow and Ice
On the day of your move, be sure your driveway and sidewalks are clear of snow and ice. Regardless of whether you are moving yourself or hiring professionals, you want to make sure everyone stays safe. If some ice remains on walkways after shoveling, spread sand over the ice patch to increase traction. Remember to take care of the driveway at your new home as well.
2.) Protect Your Entryways
In high traffic areas of your home, be sure to place large pieces of cardboard or plastic down on your flooring to protect it from dirt, salt, and water that will get tracked in during the move. If you have any rugs, remove them prior to placing floor coverings down. Moving during the winter tends to track in extra snow and water, so extra floor protection is essential.
3.) Ensure Utilities are Turned On
Prior to your move, check with your realtor or property manager to ensure the water, heat and lighting at your new home are turned on and fully functioning. In the cold winter, you do not want to be stuck without these things.
4.) Pack Winter Essentials & Unload Them First
Be sure to pack a box of winter essentials for your move. Include a warm change of clothes, paper products for your new home like toilette paper, and some snacks and easy to prepare food items. Have this box loaded last and unloaded first so that you will have access to these items as soon as you arrive.
5.) Get Your Car Serviced
If traveling a long distance, be sure to have your car serviced prior to the trip. Get a general tune-up and be sure to have your tires and brakes inspected to ensure they are in good condition for traveling in the ice and snow. The last thing you want in the middle of a move is a breakdown.
Moving during the winter does add a few challenges, but if you keep these winter moving tips in mind you should be just fine. Stay safe out on the roads as you are driving. And remember if you are looking for assistance with your move, feel free to contact us for help.