Nobody likes the idea of moving in winter. But if you can manage the negatives—snow, slush, and ice—you’ll find there are a lot of positives as well.
For starters, you’ll be settled in and ready to have fun once spring hits. What’s more, imagine how cozy you’ll be in your new place once your move is over. When you think about it, winter can actually be a pretty great time to get the hassle of moving out of the way.
With that in mind, here are six tips for taking the misery out of moving in winter.
Watch the Weather
In the week before your move, keep an eye on the weather forecast. If possible, give yourself a two- or three-day window in which to move so that you can avoid the worst winter weather. If you’re hiring a mover, ask what their policy is regarding inclement weather. Ideally, you’ll be able to shift the day of your move without losing any money.
Be Prepared to Do Battle
With the snow, ice, and slush, that is. If it’s snowy out, that means grabbing your shovel (or hiring a neighbor kid) and clearing a path from your home to the driveway. You’ll want to do the same thing at your new home, of course.
If the ground is at all slippery, buy a bag of rock salt (a 50-pound bag costs less than $10) and sprinkle it on your steps, sidewalks, and driveway.
Protect Your Floors
If you’re hiring professional movers, they should have all the supplies needed to protect your wood floors or carpet (although it never hurts to call and double check). If you’re moving yourself, you can buy plastic floor runners, or save money by using cardboard.
Make Sure Your Car is Ready to Go
This is especially important for long distance moves. You’ll want to make sure you have enough wiper fluid and that your wipers are in good condition. Are your brakes and tires in good working condition as well? How much life does your battery have left?
Make Sure Your New Home is Ready to Go Too
Imagine getting to your new home and finding that you don’t have heat or electricity. Make a checklist of all of the services you’ll want at your new home—and make sure you’ve gotten it taken care of several days prior to your move.
Don’t Forget the Drinks!
Have coffee or hot chocolate ready to offer to either your movers or the friends who are helping you move. You can make life easier on yourself by buying a large box of coffee from a local coffee shop. If your friends are helping you move, you’ll probably want to have some frosty beverages on hand to celebrate the end of your move.
Renting a self storage unit
is another way to make your move easier. At StorageMart, all of our units can be rented on a month-to-month basis—and they’re always clean, well-lit, and easy to use. Need more info? Learn how simple it is to rent a unit online