Don’t dread a winter move! We’ve rounded up our top 10 tips to help your winter move go smoothly:
1. Check the weather.
Speaking of weather, keep a sharp eye on it. Check it every week leading up to the move, and then every day the week of the move. If you’re concerned the weather will shut down roads or hinder your movers, call the moving company and express your concern. It’s better to delay the move than get caught in a blizzard.
2. Cover your floors.
Make sure your house stays clean and your carpet and hardwood are protected while people are coming in and out. Grab a couple cheap plastic tarps from the nearest hardware store, and lay floor mats down at every outside door.
3. Turn the heat off.
If you have people going in and out all day, your poor furnace will be trying to heat the house and it will all go straight out the door. If you turn the heat off, just for the day, not only will you save on that electric bill, but you’ll then be able to do tip 5 (and make your movers’ day!).
4. Heat your bathroom.
If the heat in the house is off, run a space heater in the main floor bathroom, and keep that door closed. Nothing’s better than being treated to a few minutes of warmth while you take care of business.
5. Board your pets.
No one wants a puppy underfoot while they’re trying to move, and if you take our advice and turn the heat off, your puppy will need to stay somewhere warm. Check local boarders and kennels for heated runs, heated floors, and one or two day discounted rates. Make sure the fur babies are taken care of before the day of the move.
6. Clear the sidewalks, driveways, and street.
It doesn’t get more dangerous than carrying a heavy couch down an icy sidewalk. Be sure to salt, shovel, or snow blow any major walkways you think the movers will be using so they can walk safely with your belongings.
7. Check the utilities at the new house.
Nothing is worse than having no heat and no light in the dead of winter. Make sure that all of the utilities at your new home are turned on and actually working before you start moving. We recommend getting everything turned on about two days before your move to avoid any unpleasant surprises!
8. Check the snowplow schedule.
You’ve carefully planned every detail of your move, the movers arrived bright and early, and last night’s plow guy left a really nice bank of mushy, dirty snow between the moving truck and your house. Make sure you have parking available that’s not on the plow route or leave yourself enough time to forge a path to the house.
9. Warm up!
Keep a crockpot of hot chocolate or hot apple cider heating in the kitchen – for you and the movers. When you can’t feel your fingers anymore, or the poor movers are looking a bit frostbitten, call a halt for a cup of hot cocoa. You’ll feel better, and your movers will think you’re awesome.
10. Baby your electronics.
Electronic devices really do not like cold weather. Pack all electronics into one or two boxes, and make sure those travel in your car, where the heat will be on and they can maintain a steady temperature.
Moving in the winter months doesn’t have to be as hard as it sounds, especially when you’ve hired Action Moving & Storage! With a little forethought and consideration, you can make it an ideal move despite the weather. Call us today for your FREE estimate.