Never Mind the Cold: Winter Can Be a Great Time for a Move


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The need to relocate can arise at any time for any number of reasons. A homeowner may need to pack up and move due to downsizing or because of a job change. If you have a lot of boxes to pack and plenty of furniture, exercise equipment and other large pieces, a moving company is probably your best bet – unless you happen to know a lot of brawny men with time on their hands. But bear in mind that commercial moving is a seasonal industry, and moving companies tend to be a lot busier during the warm months, namely spring, summer and early fall.

It’s not always possible to pick and choose when you’re going to move, because circumstances sometimes dictate when and how quickly you have to do it. Winter may not be the ideal time, but if done carefully and with a vigilant eye on the weather, moving “off-season” can save you money and a few headaches as well.

Be warm, stay safe

On moving day, you’ll be going in and out all day, so be smart about how you dress. If the temperature dips below freezing, keep exposed skin covered and protected from the wind. Wear boots with rubber soles or studs that grip the snow and ice, and apply layers to keep your feet and legs dry and warm. Use foresight and common sense, and leave snow removal equipment (i.e. shovels, ice scrapers, salt, etc.) unpacked in case it’s needed when you arrive.

Track the weather

Of course, the weather can quickly turn a winter move from a great idea into a dangerous venture. Watch the forecast leading up to moving day. If the weatherman predicts snow and ice, track the situation closely in case it becomes necessary to postpone your departure or call it off for safety’s sake. Work with your moving company to plan the safest and most direct route, one that emphasizes major roadways and avoids any scheduled road construction.

Recruit help

When it comes to moving, you can’t have too many extra hands. Don’t hold back – now’s the time to call on all those friends and relatives you helped out on their moving day. Friends can help you declutter, organize and pack everything, make sure all those boxes are properly labeled and, maybe most importantly, be there to lend a smile and an encouraging word when you’ve had enough. The more you can do to prepare ahead of time, the better off you’ll be when it’s time to load up the moving van. Just don’t forget to order plenty of pizza once it’s all ready to go.

The right moving company

Do plenty of online research before hiring a moving company. Take the time to read customer reviews, interview your candidates and ask them for three references. Be sure that whomever you engage is fully insured and licensed – a requirement for any interstate moving company. Once you have a firm estimate in hand, make sure to get it guaranteed in writing, which should include pick-up and delivery dates. Always be wary if you’re asked for a sizable deposit (20 percent or higher), since most moving companies don’t do business that way.

Keep your pets safe

Pets tend to get very skittish when their environment is “invaded” and there’s suddenly a lot of strange people stomping around. The chances of your pet escaping and getting hurt are much greater while the movers are getting you packed up, so find a friend to play pet sitter while all the chaos is going on, or find an affordable boarding service. It’ll be one less thing to worry about on moving day, and that’s worth a lot.

There’s no need to fear moving in winter. It may be cold, but it’s also an excellent way to save money on what can be a very costly expense. With the moving business at a low ebb in the winter, you’re virtually assured of getting the moving date you want.

Guest Post by: Kris Louis kristin@parentingwithkris.com

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