Moving during the winter can present some extra challenges, but it certainly isn’t impossible! In fact, sometimes moving during this time of year can help you save on rent and moving costs since it isn’t peak season. To help your cold-weather move go as smoothly as possible, check out Dependable Relo’s winter moving tips.
1. Keep Cold-Weather Items Accessible
Don’t pack up your coats, scarves, and gloves if you’re going to need them on moving day! People often get into “packing mode” and forget what they’ll need the day-of. Set all your winter gear aside so you don’t have to go rifling through all your boxes right before you hit the road.
2. Shovel Walkways
If the sidewalks or driveway outside your new home is covered in ice or snow, shoveling beforehand will keep your family and any moving professionals safe from slips and falls. It’s also much easier to get from Point A to Point B when you have a clear path and aren’t tiptoeing around a snow mound. If shoving can’t remove the ice from your sidewalk or driveway, sprinkle sand, salt, or kitty litter on top of it to create traction.
3. Keep an Eye on the Forecast
Winter weather can be unpredictable. In the week leading up to your moving day, continue to check the weather forecast in case a storm is rolling in on the day of your move. Have a backup plan or some wiggle room in your schedule in case you need to switch the date. It’s also wise to check the forecast on the day of your move so you don’t start loading up the truck right before a torrential downpour.
4. Have Cleanup Supplies Handy
With multiple people walking in and out of your home, someone is bound to trek in snow or mud. Keep old towels on hand to line the doorways and wipe up any messes. You’ll definitely want to be extra careful when entering your new home. The last thing you want on your first day is a mud stain on the carpet! Having extra rags in the car is useful for wiping down boxes so they don’t tear or cause damage to your belongings.
5. Get Your Car Serviced
Drivers are more prone to accidents in inclement weather when visibility is low and roads are slick. Whether you’re driving 50 miles or halfway across the country to your new home, having your car break down during a move is miserable – especially in winter. Get your car inspected before moving day (check your brakes, tires, oil etc.) and make sure to fill up the gas tank and wiper fluid if necessary.
6. Make Sure Your New Home is Ready for You
Before move-in day, contact your realtor, landlord, or utility company to check that you will have light, water, and heat when you arrive. There’s probably nothing worse than trying to move into a cold, dark house. This simple step will save you from a major headache!