If you live in an area where all four seasons make an appearance, most people take the opportunity to move in the summer. While no one likes moving in the winter, sometimes it’s necessary. Moving is already a stressful task but the winter months can bring on unexpected weather and of course, snow. It’s important to be prepared so that everything goes as smoothly as possible. Here are some tips to keep in mind.
Preparing Your new Home
Make Sure Utilities are Set Up
While this is a good general tip regardless of the season, be extra sure that they are set up if you’re moving in the winter. If you have access to your new location ahead of the move day, stop by and make sure your everything is working, especially your heat and water. Winter days are colder, shorter, and get darker sooner so be sure you’re ready to go when you move in.
Clear the Snow
Make sure the sidewalks, driveways, and alleys are clear at your new home. If possible, stop by the new place to make sure snow is removed and free of ice. Be sure to salt before the move day as well.
Check for Parking
Always make sure there is parking available for the moving truck. This is a good general tip but can be more cumbersome during the winter. It may mean you have to coordinate with your neighbors so be sure to give them plenty of time to adjust on their end.
Preparing Your Old Home
Clear the Snow
Don’t forget to remove snow and ice from sidewalks, walkways, and driveways of your move out location. Salt thoroughly to avoid any accidents and damage to your home, furniture, or movers. The parking area should be clear as well. Let this be the first thing you check on move day.
Protect the Inside of Your Home
Moving in is generally a fast process but the move out will take a bit more time. Be sure to prepare the inside of your move out location and new place by putting cardboard or plastic in high traffic areas to protect from snow, ice, and water. Secure whatever you do place on the floor to avoid anyone from tripping.
Stock up on Winter Supplies
Keep shovels and salt on hand in case it starts to snow. You might have these items already so just make sure they don’t get packed. In any case, keep an eye on the weather so you can act accordingly.
Have Hot Drinks Available
Moving is rough regardless of the weather. If you’re moving yourself or have hired movers, make sure you have hot drinks available for everyone. It’ll help keep morale up and get the job done, especially is we approach the dreaded winter months.