Moving in the winter certainly has its perks! Moving companies generally have their lowest rates in the winter, not to mention increased availability. It’s also a great time of year to break in your new home with family dinners and gatherings! There is one thing, however, that might have you biting your nails preparing for your winter move: the weather! Worry not! We want to make sure you and your family make the move to your new home safely, comfortably, and with little headache.
Read below for a few tips to make your winter move smooth:
Prepare your Vehicle
One of the most important precautions to take when moving anytime of the year, but even more so in the winter, is to ensure your vehicle is prepared for the trip. Be sure to have your car serviced and all of your fluids check prior to your move. If you are going to be making your move over rocky terrains, it’s a great idea to consider adding chains to your vehicles tires for increased traction.
In addition to regular servicing, you’ll also want to be sure to replace your windshield wipers. Whether you are moving or not, the winter is also an important time to check your car’s emergency kit and make sure that it is properly stocked. You should have a shovel, ice scraper, and extra windshield wiper fluid handy.
Supplies to consider
The last thing you want to see on the brand new carpet of your new home is dirt, sludge, and footprints tracked in from the elements. Before moving items into your new home, consider laying a sheet of plastic and/or broken down cardboard boxes in your homes main entrance (this is probably a good idea for both your old home and new home).
Be sure to keep warm clothing on hand, and plenty of it! Extra gloves, scarfs, hats and jackets will come in handy in the event that it decides to rain or snow on your moving day. Being cold and wet while moving your belongings is a sure way to make you, and your moving help very cranky!
One would naturally think to provide water for movers, friends and family if you were moving in the scorching heat. In the winter, it’s a good idea to compliment this with warm snacks and beverages such as hot tea, cocoa, and coffee as well. You may want to set aside a box full of kitchen essentials, in case you feel the need to whip up a batch of chili or soup also.
Follow these tips, and you’ll be kicking up your feet relaxing in the warmth of your new home in no time!