How to Move in the Winter

The winter season is often the best time for a family to relocate due to the low service demand, thus decreasing the moving costs. Even though you most likely will save money on your relocation, you will have to put in extra effort to prepare for the actual move because of the difficult and cold weather. There are several important details that individuals must consider and arrange while planning for their move.


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    Dress warm and have extra clothes in the car. Since families engage in the moving experience, it is critical that all family members are dressed warm whether they are assisting with the move from inside or outside the house. You wouldn’t want a child or yourself to catch a cold at this significant point in one’s life; not only would you have to make sure everything is running smoothly at the time of the move but would also have to take care of helpless individual. Not to mention you would lose manpower and extra help. Therefore, make sure that you bring warm clothes for everyone and keep them in the family vehicle, that way everyone can have easy access to the extra scarf or sweater that they need. You may also want to change out of your moving clothes once you arrive at your new home without having to search through endless wardrobe boxes for your clothes, hence you should pack a bag of extra clothes that you can put in your car. Make sure that your new home has operational heating; you wouldn’t want to waste time fixing the furnace instead of focusing on moving.
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    Clean the driveway and porch of snow or ice. Whether it is slush, hail, ice, or snow, any winter barrier will always delay the pickup, loading, and delivery for any individual. This is why, before your moving crew arrives at your current home, you should shovel all walkways and driveways for easy access. You can also cover all walkways with salt to ensure that nobody will slip and fall while carrying your belongings; you wouldn’t want any accidents that could become your liability on this already stressful day. Also, if there is plenty of snow on the road in front of your home, you may want to consider shoveling the snow there as well just so that the moving truck can conveniently access your driveway. Keep some salt and shovels in your car because you may have to use these materials at your new home as well. Cover your floors and carpets to avoid any mess or stains caused by people bringing in snow on their shoes.
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    Prepare something warm to drink for the movers. During the loading process, it is a nice gesture to offer a warm beverage to your moving crew that is working in the cold weather. This would probably result in even better service as well. You could prepare some hot tea, hot chocolate, or even offer warm milk to the moving professionals. The crew would probably consist of only 2 or 3 members; therefore you won’t spend a lot of money by performing this appreciative gesture.
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    Have healthy snacks available to family members. Usually moves takes about 4-9 hours, depending on the size of the house and how furnished each room is. Since everyone will be working to speed up the process, they would definitely work faster and diligently if your family will have access to healthy snacks or prepared meals. Considering your refrigerator will be empty at this time, you should think ahead and prepare a list of the foods not to pack. For example, you can have fruits like apples and pears available on the counter or you can make tuna sandwiches and keep them in a small cooler in the kitchen. If this is not your concern, you can always order pizza from a local pizza shop to keep everyone full and satisfied.
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    Check your vehicle and prepare an emergency kit before the move. Once all of your belongings are loaded onto the moving truck and you are ready to drive to your new home, make sure your vehicle is fully serviced and maintained to avoid any mishaps on the difficult roads. Always keep a spare tire, first aid kit, bottled water, maps, and a flashlight in your car; you should always be prepared for any emergency. Use local radio stations to keep informed of any road conditions.
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    Be prepared. The most important factor when relocating is to always plan ahead. Deal with the minor details ahead of time so you can focus on the enjoyment of the transition to your new home, regardless of the weather.

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