Purchasing a new home is an exciting time but moving in the winter can be a little stressful. Winters in Canada can bring on some additional moving challenges compared with the warmer months. Here are 5 top times to help with your move.
1. Take Care of the Movers
The positive thing about moving this time of year is there can often be more flexibility in the dates as there is less competition. We recommend leaving a winter move to the professionals as they will have the expertise to help navigate the extra challenges of a winter move.
Don’t forget to keep your movers in mind. A warm pot of coffee can help keep them motivated.
2. Watch the Weather
With winter comes a lot of slippery ice and wind. It can also change quite quickly so it’s important to keep an eye on the weather. It may be advisable to have some flexibility with dates to ensure you’re not moving on the worst day. Also, prepare for increased travel times if you’re travelling a bit of a distance.
3. Check the Flooring
With many people walking in and out of the homes, make sure you protect the floors. Plastic sheeting taped to the floor can help protect from weather damage.
4. Make Sure Your Utilities Are Ready
Before moving into your new home, make sure all the utilities are on and working about two days prior to the day you are moving in.
5. Board your Pets
Moving can be a stressful time for your pets, especially in the winter months. It may be advisable to put them in kennels or ask a friend to take care of them. That way you can transition them into the new home when it’s ready.
6. Snow Removal
Moving furniture over icy surfaces can be very dangerous. Take the time to shovel and salt the paths and driveways. Pay extra attention to steps as these can be treacherous. Make sure there’s enough room for the moving truck to park too. You don’t want to risk being ticketed for blocking the snowplow’s route.
7. Pack Early
Give yourself plenty of time to pack. Double wrap fragile items as they can break more easily in the cold weather. Any items that can be affected by the cold weather (i.e tvs) should not be packed in the truck as they may get damaged. Have some protective sheets on hand to put over any furniture that could get wet from the snow while moving.
8. Prepare for Low Light
The winter months have less daylight hours. Start the move as soon as daylight appears so you can try and get it all done before dark. You may have to take an extra day to ensure everything gets in the house safely. To help, check that all exterior lights on the house are working to light up your path.
9. Pack Essentials
Keep your winter clothing, a cozy blanket and your bedding in the car. This will ensure you have what you need and then when the day is done, you don’t have to worry about unpacking everything before a good nights rest.
Here at BIG, we wish you the best of luck with your winter move. Don’t forget to make sure your new home is insured and that your coverage is up to date for the winter. Get a quote from us today and see what we can do for you.