Have you been considering a move, but the dropping temperatures have got you hibernating on that decision until Spring? Or are you stuck having to move while the windchill is below zero because of the end of a lease, or other circumstances? While picking up and moving when there’s snow in the forecast seems like a daunting prospect, there are some perks, things to watch out for, and ways to make the process a little easier.
Deals! While it might be difficult to find a reasonable price in this super-hot housing market, some apartment buildings and rentals offer deals to new tenants in the winter months as an incentive. Also, since it’s the off-season, movers offer lower rates and have more flexibility with their schedules.
No Overheating! A winter move means less chance of breaking a sweat and being uncomfortably hot when carrying boxes. Winter layering also affords you the option to unlayer to cool down where summer does not.
More time! Packing and unpacking can seem boring, time-consuming, or even downright frustrating (don’t worry- we’ve got tips to help you with that too), however, packing in winter has its perks as there is less going on. Like the song goes “since there’s no place to go”; you can take your time sorting, packing and getting ready for your new place, instead of missing out on precious warm outdoor time.
Watch Out For:
Cold Exposure! During the colder months packing electronics and other temperature-sensitive items need extra care. Temperature fluctuations aren’t always the best for sensitive electronics, like computers, gaming systems, speakers, appliances and other items that may be sensitive to the cold. Double wrap in bubble wrap and/or blankets all delicate and sensitive items that are susceptible to temperature changes and may break or crack when taken from the room temperature in your house to the cold outside.
Unnecessary Mess! On moving day you don’t want an extra mess to clean up! Make sure that you put plastic or cardboard down on the floors to protect them from people coming in and out with wet boots and shoes on.
Traffic and Weather Delays! While you might save money on your new place, and your movers, winter weather can be unpredictable. Always make sure you have a contingency plan in place, know where the closest hotels are and have extra supplies just in case the weather gets too bad.
Make it easier:
Pack Early! Packing can be a pain, but if you do it early and have a plan, it can be a lot less stressful especially if there are winter delays in the forecast.
Stock Up On Winter Necessities! Make sure you are prepared for anything that might be thrown your way during a winter move and have the following on hand: salt, sand, a snow shovel and even a snowblower if possible so if the weather turns, you will be ready!
Have a Heated Space Available! While you’re going in and out of either your new or old place-it’s going to get cold! Have a room or your garage set up with a space heater and some warm drinks to stave off the cold. Also, don’t forget to call the utility company in advance of your move to ensure your heat will be turned on before you arrive at your new place.
Thinking about moving soon? Why not call the experts! Contact us today to get a free quote, and get Mike the Mover to handle your winter moving needs.