While many folks try to plan to move during warmer weather, sometimes that just does not work out. Additionally, when purchasing a home, the market during the colder months is often more favorable for homebuyers than during the spring and summer. No matter the reason for your cold-weather move, here are some tips and strategies to help you best prepare to move during the winter:
Double-check that your new home is ready
You’ll want to make sure that your new home already has the heat and lights turned on. While this is important for any season, it is critical during the winter months. You do not want to load up all of your furniture onto a truck only to find that your new home isn’t habitable for your first night there. Unlike during the warmer months where you may be able to get by one evening with flashlights, that simply will not be possible during the winter months.
Clear all the snow and ice
Moving requires a lot of walking, whether you are hiring movers or doing it yourself. You’ll want to make sure all of the snow and ice is clear from the walkways both outside your old home and outside your new one. You’ll also want to make sure parking spaces are adequately cleared for any cars or moving trucks.
Protect your floors
Even the best-cleared paths can still contain water, salt, and dirt. Protect your floors in your old home and your new one with plastic tarps or cardboard. It is best if you can secure these coverings with either tape or small tacks. Be sure to test your floor coverings thoroughly before you actually begin to move heavy objects in or out of your home.
Keep tabs on the weather
It can be difficult to keep track of anything during a move, so be sure to monitor the weather well in advance. If there is any possibility of inclement weather, try to remember to check the weather via your cell phone or the radio regularly during the move. If things do take a turn for the worse, you will want to have a backup plan. Severe winter weather may mean rescheduling your move. There are a lot of pieces to consider in this situation, so it is certainly a last resort, but do keep it in mind if weather does become an issue.
All-Season Movers in Peabody, Lynn & Swampscott, MA
By following these tips, you can ensure an efficient move without damage to your old home or your new one. If you are moving in the New England area, consider contacting Flannery’s Handymen who can help you move throughout the winter months. Our team is accustomed to dealing with the snowy conditions of the northeast, so you can trust that your move will be handled well no matter what the weather brings. Flannery’s Handymen can be reached by calling (781) 775 – 9943 or filling out our online contact form!