Moving in the winter can be tricky; it's cold so you want to just snuggle inside with your cat (wishful thinking), and the probability of inclement weather is high. But, there is a huge upside to a winter move: you are almost guaranteed to get a great deal on movers. This is because you are moving in the offseason when there is less demand.
Keep in mind, much like a move during the summer, you'll need to plan accordingly to have a successful move. But, if you have decided to move during the winter, don’t you worry- we’ve got some trusty tips up our sleeves, and we're going to share them with you.
The Early Bird Gets the Worm
It's that time of the year again when the days are getting shorter and colder. With limited daylight, it’s best to schedule your move early in the morning. For local moves, this allows you to load and unload while taking advantage of the most comfortable temperatures and daylight.
Ice Ice Baby
(DISCLAIMER: Loading or unloading in Florida? The next two sections are not for you… move along)
On the morning of your move, it’s essential to ensure that your access conditions are clear of any snow, ice, or any winter storm debris. This will not only speed up your move but more importantly, it will keep you and anyone helping with the move safe. It is also suggested to check your local snowplow schedule to prevent your truck from being in an emergency zone, which may not only cause your truck to get plastered in snow but also cost you a ticket.
Since people will constantly be going in and out of the house, you’ll lose heat pretty quickly. The heater will be running endlessly, trying to keep the house warm and wasting energy, which is why turning the heat really low, or even off on moving day would help keep your move cost-efficient. No sense in spending more money on the heat if you can prevent it!
Here are some additional tips to keep you, and everyone around you, warm on moving day:
- Putting a space heater in a smaller area, like a bathroom, will give you an area that people can warm up during the move. Be sure to follow safe space heater practices, if you opt to do this.
- Have hot chocolate, coffee, or tea on hand to warm you up from the inside out.
- If moving in, turn on the utilities at your new home a day or two before your scheduled move to ensure you have power on your move-in day.
- Have pets? It may be too cold to keep them outside and safely out of your movers way. If you don’t have any friends or family that can temporarily watch them, you may want to put your furry friends in a spare or unused room that you won’t need the movers to go in. Don’t forget to leave them a bowl of water!
Protect your Possessions
Protection is always key- just ask the crazy cat lady down the street who failed to spay her first cat! Cover your furniture with moving blankets and use plastic wrap on top to prevent any water damage. Keep extra blankets or tarps at hand to quickly cover any boxes or miscellaneous items if it starts to snow or rain mid-move.
Protect your Home
Winter can be pretty, but nevertheless messy. Anyone taking part in the move will be tracking snow, mud, and who knows what else into your home, so protecting only your items from the weather is not enough. Protect your floors from the elements with floor runners and carpet mask. Both are inexpensive options that will keep your floors safe and save you a ton of time.
Keep your expectations reasonable. Winter is not the time to expect to complete a full move that is 200 miles apart in one day, Linda! Flexibility during winter months means scheduling in advance but allowing room for unexpected delays. Weather can cause traffic, or even road closures that could keep you at a standstill for days, so ensuring you have a backup plan is essential. Hiring movers for a winter move is a no brainer- the days are shorter, the walkways and roads are icy, so you’ll want professionals that can get the move done as safely and efficiently as possible. To help speed up your move, check out the best ways to prepare for your move before moving day!