While the weather outside may be frightful, winter is actually a great time to move. That’s because you can generally get lower rates for truck rental and even moving services.
There are a couple of things to keep in mind while moving in winter that can make your move more comfortable and carefree:
- Make Sure the Utilities Are Turned On — You don’t want to arrive to a cold and dark home after moving all your belongings to their new location. Check with the gas, electric and water providers to make sure their services are turned on an operation before you leave your old home.
- Clear Snow and Ice from Walkways — If you are moving in during snowy or icy conditions, make sure you pack a snow shovel, a snow blower or other snow removal equipment and keep it near the back of your moving truck so it can be offloaded first. Then clear the snow and ice from walkways to prevent slips and falls while you are moving your things into your new home.
- Have Someplace to Park the Moving Van — Some cities and towns apply parking restrictions during snowy weather. Make sure you have somewhere close by to park your moving van legally while you are offloading your boxes and furniture.
- Time Your Move to the Weather — Check the weather forecast so you can avoid moving during extreme winter weather. It’s no fun loading or unloading the moving van in a snow or ice storm. Have a back up plan in place in case the weather doesn’t cooperate with your moving schedule.
- Have Hot Drinks Available — Whether you are moving yourself or hiring movers, make sure you have hot chocolate, coffee, tea or other hot drinks available to keep everybody warm and cozy during your move. It’s also a welcoming way to meet your new neighbors!