Sometimes you just can’t choose the time of year in which you make a major move. Whether for commercial or residential, winter is a decent time to move because the prices are generally cheaper and it’s easier to secure a moving company, it also poses some issues you have to consider. With colder temperatures and the possibility for snow, you have to make sure you have all your bases covered. Here are some tips for moving in winter:
1. Make sure your new home or office is set up before you arrive.
Mainly, ensure that you’ll have lights and heat before you have to spend your first night in the new digs. Call the utility company ahead of time to make sure the main elements of the home will be functioning properly. In winter, the days are shorter and the weather is colder — all the more reason to make sure the home is warm and toasty on move-in day.
2. Shovel snow from the walks.
If your area has already seen snow, visit the new place the day before to dig it out, clear the walkways and driveways, and make sure all entrances are clear. This will make it much easier for your moving professionals to navigate, plus it will keep every safe. There’s a lot of chaos on moving day with a lot of people moving about — you don’t want to add to the stress of navigation and the risk of falls. Throw salt and sand on icy areas as well. Live too far from your new address to do this ahead of time? Call a snow removal service in that town and pay them to do it. It’s worth the money.
3. Prep your existing house.
Moving day is a whirlwind, with your movers hauling boxes and furniture out of the home or office. While any reputable mover will take care not to damage walls, flooring and furniture, it’s always a good idea to prep the area with plastic sheeting on the walls and floors to protect from marks as well as muddy and snowy boots, suggests US News and World Report. Use flattened cardboard boxes on carpeting to keep the nasty stuff out of your old home so you’re not responsible for cleaning it up. Come to think of it, do this at your new place too.
4. Pamper your movers.
It’s a thoughtful idea to offer a hot drink to any service person who comes into your home — especially when the weather outside is frightful. Hot chocolate, tea and coffee are all welcomed so as to keep hands and spirits warm.
5. Develop a back-up plan.
As you well know, the weather can change at the drop of a hat, and you know what they say about the best laid plans. If you’re approaching moving day and the weather calls for a winter storm, it’s imperative to have a back-up plan so you can reschedule. Find out what your moving company’s policy is on storms and rescheduling. Many movers are used to changes in the weather and a little snow doesn’t bother them. Others will be willing to postpone the move depending on their schedule. However, even if you postpone moving day with the movers, you still have to make sure it’s OK with your existing landlord or real estate agent. Would it be OK to stay on a few more days? If yes, great. If not, you’ll have to make temporary arrangements for accommodations.
Moving Proz is a professional moving company with locations in Overland Park and Lawrence, KS, as well as Kansas City, MO, dedicated to ensuring a seamless move. We work with you every step of the way to ensure your move goes off without a hitch — even in sub-par weather. Contact us today for a free quote and to set up an appointment for your local or long-distance move.