Tips for Moving in the Winter

real estateMoving any time of the year can be stressful, but when you add in the colder temperatures, ice and possibly some snow the concept of moving becomes a lot more complex. The good news is it is most likely cheaper to move in the winter, because movers charge off-season rates.

Get Your Apartment Ready Ahead of Time

Moving in the winter means extra preparation. Check with your property manager to make sure your apartment is ready for move-in before you pack up and head out. Heat, electricity, water, etc. should all be turned on and ready for use. If you plan on installing cable, make sure you at least have the appointment set up to do so and mark out a space in the new apartment so that furniture or boxes aren’t piled up where the cable installer needs to access.

Check the Weather

While you are moving in the winter, there are days where the weather will be more favorable than others are. Scan the weather report for the week and try to avoid moving on days it will be windy or snowing.

Clear Walkways

Snow and ice should be cleared from walkways at your current place as well as the new place. Because you will be carrying boxes and heavy furniture, you need to prevent any slips and falls. Areas where you will park your moving van should also be free from snow and ice.

Bring Hot Drinks

Moving in the winter isn’t fun for anyone — including those who are helping you move. Bring along some hot drinks and hot snacks for everyone who is helping you move that day. If you can, try bringing along extra mittens, scarves, and hats for those who might forget on moving day.

Moving in the Winter Means Being Prepared

Weather can change at any minute, especially in the winter. While you might have checked the weather and made sure things are clear, the weather could change and leave you needing a backup plan. Try to move from your current place before your move-out date, so that if weather stalls moving day you aren’t rushed to get out. Arrange to move on day people don’t have to request time off from work. That way if plans change or the moving date must be moved, no one has changed their work schedule for nothing.

Bring along an emergency contact list, including the number for your property manager. You should also have numbers to roadside assistance. Give your moving and travel plans to someone who isn’t moving with you, such as a family member. Check in with that person, especially if you are moving long-distance, so they know where you are.

Moving in the winter doesn’t have to be a hassle. As long as you prepare ahead of time and plan for the weather, the moving process can be a lot like moving in the middle of summer.

Jan 2014