While a winter move may not seem to be the most ideal, it can actually have quite a few advantages. For instance, during winter months you can often times get the cheapest rates for moving companies or rental companies. Which can end up saving you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars. Also, you have a tendency to have more flexibility with your moving company, because there’s far less business during that time of year, and they are more apt to work with you and your schedule.
However, if you do decide that you are going to go for a winter move, there are a few things that you should be aware of to help you better prepare. After all, because you’re moving at an odd time during the year, there are a few extra things you’ll need to do that you otherwise wouldn’t have if you were moving in the summer months. In this article we will highlight for you the most important things to prepare for and to do when getting ready for a wintertime move.
One of the most important things you can do in preparing for winter move is to have a plan, and then to have a backup plan. A backup plan, is more so for the possibility of there being too much snow on moving day. Once you have your plan and backup plan in place, you’ll want to start making a list of all the different types of things that you’ll need. For instance, you’ll want all your usual packing materials. Such as shipping boxes, bubble wrap, tape, markers, packing peanuts, etc. However, you’ll also want to be aware that you’ll probably need extra packing materials, especially bubble wrap. You’ll also want to make sure that you have snow shovels and salt as well as moving blankets or old towels to protect your floor from the excess water that you’ll drag in from the snow.
Another thing that you want to do is prepare your car for a winter move. This means that you want to make sure it gets into the shop to have a proper tune-up to help lower the risk of there being complications on the road. You’ll also want to equip your car was snow tires and have winter windshield wipers that can deal with snow and ice. It would also be a good idea to have an emergency kit with jumper cables, a first aid kit, and other survival essentials such as a flashlight, towrope, and flares. You also want to make sure that you pack extra heavy blankets, food, and water in the car with you, just in case you were to get stranded on the road.
The next thing that you’ll then want to think about is protection for your belongings from winter weather. This part is actually very critical as winter weather can play a major role in the damage of different types of wood furniture, musical instruments, and china. However, if you properly pack your items with plenty of bubble wrap, and make sure they’re insulated properly. You can further ensure their safety. Try to keep your more valuable items with you, and put the rest of your non-valuable items into shipping boxes on the truck.
When packing your truck it’s important to remember that you want to pack a winter clothes last. That way they are the first things that will come off when you get to your new home. Also, something to think about, try not to pack your teakettle or microwave too soon. This is because you may want to use it during the moving process to warm up drinks for everyone as you load up the truck.
You’ll also want to prepare your driveway and sidewalk for the move. This means deicing both and making sure that you put salt down to keep ice from building backup. Suggest that your family wear anti-slip boots to keep from falling, and use moving blankets on your floor to prevent slipping, and protect them from water damage. But, above everything else make sure that you take it slow and stay safe throughout the moving process. This is not a time to try to hustle through the weather. Otherwise you can wind up damaging your belongings, health, and wind up creating more problems than you know to do it. So, be prepared. But also be willing to go with the flow when things don’t necessarily go as planned. If you can do these this, you can make your winter move a breeze.