Moving in the winter provides some unique challenges and benefits. If you’re preparing for a winter move, read this post to learn what to expect ahead of time.
Benefits of Moving In Winter
Most people don’t move in the winter, so it is considered off-season and moving rates are the cheapest they will be all year. If you can move during the week, say Monday through Thursday, the rates will be even lower. There may also be discounts you can utilize such as for students, the military, or teachers. With all of these factors taken into account, you can enjoy the lowest possible rates on moving trucks and help.
Challenges of Moving in Winter
The main challenge of moving in the winter is the weather! No matter where you live, you’ll probably be colder than you feel comfortable. You could also be dealing with snow and ice and potential travel delays.
Winter Moving Tips
Allow more time for traveling
Factor one or two extra days into your moving schedule for travel. Surprise weather and travel delays could disastrously throw off a tight schedule.
Plan ahead for traveling
Check your route for rest stops and hotels or motels so you can know ahead of time where you could stop in case you encounter trouble on the way.
Keep up with the weather
Watch the weather before you leave and periodically while you’re traveling to decide on the best time to leave and make sure there aren’t surprises you need to account for.
Winterize your vehicles
Inspect your vehicles to be sure the tires are in good shape and have the right amount of air. Check the battery, engine, heating system, and suspension too. If your vehicle isn’t winter-ready and it would cost too much to get it ready in time, you could rent a vehicle and tow yours to your new place.
Be prepared for whatever winter or the road throws at you by packing supplies:
- A first-aid kit
- Bottled water
- Non-perishable food
- Warm blankets
- Jumper cables
- An ice scraper
- A shovel
- A toolkit
- Salt, sand, or kitty litter to help you get unstuck
Plan for roadside assistance
Make sure your auto insurance includes roadside assistance. You could also make a list of the help number from highway troopers in all of the states you’ll be driving through.
Set up your internet and utilities sooner
It is always advisable to set up your internet and utilities ahead of time to be sure they are ready when you arrive, but to be extra sure, plan to have the utilities set up around two weeks before your move-in date.
Shovel and salt the entry points
If it is snowy or icy at one or both of your homes, make the job safer and easier for you and the movers by clearing the walkways.
Choose climate-controlled storage
Any storage buildings you need to rent and even the moving trucks themselves can be climate-controlled. This will protect sensitive possessions and prevent mold from building up on everything else.
Pack for winter
Use plastic storage boxes as much as possible and prioritize them for items you most don’t want to get wet. Also, wrap your fragile items in plastic wrap or lots of plastic to keep them from bumping into each other and to keep them dry.
Load the truck with moisture in mind
Wrap large items in wool or cotton blankets to keep them from warping in the cold. You could also wax wooden furniture before wrapping it into layers of moving plastic. Drain liquids from your appliances and equipment so the liquids don’t freeze. You can lay plastic tarps in the moving truck to prevent moisture from getting on your belongings. Put items you are most afraid of getting wet in the back of the truck and put the ones least likely to be damaged near the front in case water seeps into the doors.
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