Do the freezing temperatures and threats of snow scare you from moving during the winter? It shouldn’t! The winter can be a great time for moving. The cold weather often deters people from house or apartment searching, which allows you to grab a great deal on your new home. Not to mention, the costs are at the lowest rates of the year for moving companies. With that said, there can be a few concerns to packing up and moving during the wintertime, but with these 6 tips from the professionals at Fry-Wagner, your partners in local and long-distance moving, you can relocate in the cold winter months with confidence.
- Keep an eye on the weather – Weather can be temperamental. Check the weather for your move date and check it frequently. Plan accordingly if bad weather is in the forecast. If you are making the move yourself, consider rescheduling to avoid any accidents on the road and to protect your belongings. If you have hired movers, check with them to see if they have a bad weather policy. Most experienced movers will have the knowledge and equipment to safely accomplish your move in any weather.
- Clear the walkways – The most important thing to remember during a winter move is safety first. Walkways can become icy and slippery with no notice. Take an hour before the move to remove all snow, ice, and debris from the walkways at your house. Don’t forget to take the same safety measures at your new home before the movers arrive.
- Ensure utilities are turned on – Moving in the winter will be cold! Be prepared by calling ahead and making sure your utilities are set up and the heat is turned on at your current and new home. It might sound tempting to shut the heat off since movers will be in and out of the house all day, but it is important to give everyone a chance to warm up throughout the cold move.
- Don’t pack liquids – As a general rule of thumb, be careful not to pack liquids when moving in the winter. There is the potential that they could freeze or explode, ruining other items packed nearby.
- Be careful with your electronics – Your electronics are especially sensitive to winter weather. Extreme temperatures can cause condensation build-up on your electronic devices. To avoid any damage, it is recommended not to hook up your electronic equipment before it has reached room temperature – which can take up to 24 hours.
- Get some help – The smartest winter moving tip is to leave it to the professionals. Hiring the experts at a local moving company can save you from the heavy lifting, limit your time in the freezing temperatures, and protect yourself and your belongings from winter accidents. Research moving companies in your area and select the most experienced and highly rated movers to take the stress out of your upcoming relocation.
To learn more about the benefits of moving during the winter, contact Fry-Wagner Moving & Storage today to receive a free, no-obligation move quote. We have over 100 years of experience moving families around the block and across the country, no matter what the temperatures! Let us show you how our expert moving crews are ready to exceed your expectations!