Moving in winter is associated with a lot of challenges. It does not matter whether you are moving across the country or in the same city. As much as the weather may not be conducive for moving, it is possible to find a cheaper mover. You should follow some few tips to find the right company. You can get help from friends, colleagues, and relatives.
Winter Moving Tips
You need to ensure your new home is ready before moving in with your possessions. Check that plumbing and lights are working. Also, if the weather is nippy, you may need to consider on heating it for some days so that it gets warm before moving in.
Clear the snow
Slipping on ice and snow can turn your move into a disaster. Therefore, before starting, ensure walkways of your old and new homes are clear of ice. Have shovels of sand and salt on-hand.
Protect your floors
Winter’s ice, salt, and snow are notorious for scratching or dirtying up some types of flooring. Protect carpets and floors with plastic sheeting or large pieces of cardboard. Moreover, you can use the duct tape if your floors can accommodate it. In fact, for carpeted floors, small tacks work quite well.
Whether you are getting assistance from your gang of friends or a professional mover, ensure you get adequate parking at both locations for the truck. If you are moving to an urban condo, you will need to negotiate with your new neighbors as space can be limited.
Have a plan B
You need to be aware of the threat posed by winter storms. In the case of storms, you may need to reschedule your move. If you are hiring a professional moving firm, call them and inquire what their storm policy is. Some may reschedule the move. This mean that you cannot move out, and even new tenants cannot move in. You should check with your real estate agent or landlord to see whether you can be allowed to stay some more days.
Keep a list
When moving in the winter, you should have an emergency contact list that includes highway control and roadside assistance. A person who is not part of the moving trip should know your schedule and road trip you are taking.
You will want to stay dry and warm during the move. Ensure your helpers are warm and comfortable too. Come with a bag of gloves, sweaters, socks, and hats.