Why do no fewer than three million interstate moves occur each year? According to the American Moving and Storage Association, they happen for a variety of reasons including “up-sizing” houses, work opportunities, and better school districts. When homeowners have the chance, they will move — even if it means moving in winter.
Is it tougher moving in winter when the weather is colder, and the chance of snow or ice is high? In some ways, but it’s safe if you hire professionals and take precautions.
What are the steps to ensure your wintry move is a breeze?
Read on to find five key ways to keep the elements at bay.
1. Dress for Moving in Winter
If you live in a part of the nation with cold winters, such as a northeastern state like Connecticut, you know the value of warm coats, hats, gloves, and boots.
Make sure you and everyone in your family are ready to participate in the move by having winter gear on hand. However, be aware that you will get warmer as the activity level increases.
Your best bet? Add layers to your body so you can put on and take off clothing as needed.
2. Turn Down the Heat in Your Homes
Moving involves continually opening and closing doors, this can put a strain on your heating system. So save money and turn down the heat in both homes.
Make sure, however, that you keep the thermostat at 55℉ or higher to prevent pipes from freezing.
3. Stay Hydrated With Lots of Water
It isn’t hard to remember to drink up during a hot summer move. When it’s cold outside, it’s easier to get dehydrated because you don’t feel like you’re perspiring as much.
When your body is lacking hydration, you cannot perform at the highest levels and may begin to feel fatigue more quickly than usual. Remember that caffeinated drinks like coffee, tea, and soda may taste refreshing, but are likely to make you thirstier in the long run.
Opt instead for water-based beverages or decaffeinated warm drinks.
4. Plan Ahead for Weather Issues
About a week ahead of your move, start watching the weather channels. Notice a potential storm on the horizon? Contact your professional movers to discuss “Plan B” if the need arises.
At the same time, remember that expert movers work under most weather conditions. Still, you need to do your part to keep paths secure for everyone. If the snow begins to fly or the sidewalks are icy, you are responsible for shoveling and clearing.
5. Have Towels and Blankets on Hand
Don’t pack away all your towels or blankets because you’ll want some during your move.
Have them handy in conspicuous places, such as the kitchen, garage, and entryway. Not only can they be used to wipe off shoes, faces, and coats, but they are perfect for removing excess moisture from floors and boxes.
Move When You Want This Year
No matter why you’re thinking about moving, you don’t have to wait until spring to do it.
Winter is a great time to relocate. In fact, you may be able to get a preferred moving date because of lower volume during the colder months.
Want more great moving tips? Check out our insider tipsheet for renters on the move!