Our Top 5 Tips for Moving During the Cold Months
February 15, 2017
We cannot wait for the warmer spring and summer seasons to be here. But in the meantime, life still has to go on and life includes moving. Although it may seem counterintuitive winter can be a great time for a move in the in the Sparta, NJ or Ogden, NJ area. The majority of Americans move between the months of May and September (for obvious reasons), which means you are more likely to get a great deal on a lease and/or moving costs.
Of course, the downside is having to deal with the cold weather. And even if the sun is shining for weeks prior, a sudden storm could roll in just in time for moving weekend. Here are our best cold weather moving tips to make sure you have a safe and smooth transition:
#1 Keep winter essentials with you.
Consider tossing all of your winter supplies into one storage container or laundry basket and keeping them in your car. Make sure it includes your extra clothing layers, coats, snow boots, hats, gloves, scarves, and a handful of cozy blankets. You wouldn’t want those to get lost in the sea of boxes coming off your moving truck!
#2 Keep an eye on the weather (report).
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 call your moving company or attempt to delay your moving day. If the roads are icy, it’s safer to delay the move a little than risk your possessions and people’s lives.
#3 Book a room for your four-legged family members.
Finding a place to board your pets for the day or overnight is always a good idea during a move. Pets can get under feet and be a hazard to themselves and the people carrying boxes and furniture in and out of your home. There is also a chance of the getting out while doors are constantly opening. Winter makes it even more essential because it will give your fur-baby a warm place to stay. Check local boarders and kennels for heated runs, and heated floors to give them the perfect winter retreat.
#4 Warm up inside and out.
While you’re packing and transporting items from your home to the moving truck, consider wearing layers of clothing. Dressing in layers will help you stay warm without the bulkiness of a traditional winter coat. A crockpot of hot chocolate or hot apple cider heating in the kitchen is just the ticket to warm bellies and frost bitten fingers. And your movers will think you’re awesome!
#5 Leave it to the pros.
Hiring a professional moving company during the winter will be worth the cost. Especially if you are inexperienced. Driving a moving truck in snowy and icy conditions can be more complicated than it seems. A professional mover, has experience and will help make sure the drive is safe and keep your packed possessions safe as well.
Moving in the winter months doesn’t have to be as miserable as it sounds. With a little forethought and consideration, you can help your winter move go a lot more smoothly. In no time, you’ll be able to snuggle up in the warmth and coziness of your new home. For more great moving, packing and self storage tips visit our website here.
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