Fine summer days are long over, the winter wind is blowing in its full swing, and most of us have settled down to a life of complete seclusion in our bedrooms. To all of you, these words convey an extraordinary feeling, as if it were derived from the essence of joy. However, winters can be harsh and uncertain. The weather perpetually changes and sends flakes of snow to cover the barren lands. Under such conditions day-to-day life tasks come to a still and moving is no exception. However, moving in winters is not the craziest idea. Despite the unideal condition this weather provides, you can still have a good winter move and here’s how.
Check the moving dates with the movers
Hiring movers in Brooklyn or some other region is not a simple task. Especially if you are looking for experienced and professional movers. But winter is not a busy season for movers. This means that you can book a mover without waiting for booking approval. Although you have to check in the moving dates with the movers because the winter weather can be unpredictable.
To hire a good moving company all you have to do is look for the company’s review on the official directory. The directory consists of the company’s US DOT number, BBB accreditation, and customer review. You can easily note down all the information you need and then call up to four moving companies. All the companies will give you a quote after taking an estimation of your belongings and whichever quote suits you best, choose that one and make your winter move easy.
Keep an eye on the weather
After you have finalized the dates with the moving company, keep an eye on the weather updates. Not only this but you also have to be flexible about the dates because a snowstorm can arrive unannounced. Under such circumstances either you can cancel the dates or reschedule your move. The choice will be yours. However, if you wish to reschedule your move, the movers will immediately provide you their schedule and re-book your move.
Keep the driveways and sidewalks clean
It is dangerous to carry a heavy sofa down an ice-covered lane. So, make sure you keep the street, driveways, and sidewalks clean. Shovel the snow or put salt on the main walkways, especially the ones that will be used by the movers. Wear snow friendly-boots and cover the furniture with soft blankets. If you think the moving truck cannot be parked near your house, ensure that you make space for the moving truck to be parked near your house. You can take help from your neighbors or park your car at a distance until the truck is loaded with all your belongings.
Transfer the utilities weeks ahead of the move
Unless you are moving to a warm city, it is not wise to transfer the utilities at the end moment. Also, you don’t want to end up in a new house with no heat and electricity. So, make sure you call the concerned authorities weeks ahead of the move and transfer utilities on time. Pay the due bills if any and then visit your new place to see the gas, water, and electricity connections are working properly.
Always keep an extra pair of blankets and sheets
Let’s face it, you don’t want your antique furniture to get wet in the snow. Instead, you don’t want any of your household belongings to get wet during the loading process. If in case it starts snowing while the movers are loading your belongings, grab all your extra sheets and blankets and cover everything immediately. This will help you keep your belongings safe.
Double pack the valuables and fragile items
Fragile items become brittle during the winters. This means that they are prone to breakage. To prevent the same from happening double pack all your valuables and fragile kitchen items. Also, ensure that you carry your valuables in your car. This way you can stay extra cautious and prevent breaking an expensive item. In addition to this, if you think that packing fragile items is not a piece of cake. Let professional movers and packers come to your rescue. They are trained to pack and move in every weather condition.
Pack the winter essentials
Winter essentials will help you stay warm during the move. So, pack a separate bag of essentials like snacks, blanket, warm water, and medicines. This bag will come handy when you are traveling cross-country. In the case of kids and pets pack extra food and make sure you pack the essentials bag as soon as the movers arrive.
Cover your floor
Cover the floor with plastic traps or wasted sheets because the movers will constantly walk in and out of the house. Chances are that the floor will get more wet and dirty during winters than any other season. You can also keep doormats on every door to prevent the entire hardwood flooring from getting wet.
Turn the heat off
I know it will be extremely cold outside. The question of turning the heat down is crazy. However, turning the heat down is a wiser option because almost every door in your house will be open. The movers will be walking in and out of the house and so will you. It is most likely that your furnace will heat the room only to see the heat going out of the door. This way your electricity bill will increase for no reason and your house will take a very long time to heat up. Therefore, just turn the heat down for a few hours but keep one room heated so that every time you get cold you can run to the room and save yourself from the chills of winter.
Take caution while driving on the road
Winter is the most unfavorable season to drive. The roads get slippery and the air bites through the skin. So, you have to be extra cautious while driving on the road. Drive at an optimum speed, fill the oil tank, take your car to the service center days ahead of the move, make sure that each and every part is functioning efficiently, and keep an extra pair of tyres in the car.
Moving in the winters can be hard, but you can make it easy if you pay a little attention to all the tips given above. Happy Moving and good luck!