Winter relocations can be challenging because of weather conditions, road conditions, and more. Working with a professional moving company can help make the process easier, as can taking the steps below. With good planning, you can avoid winter-related relocation problems. Here’s what you need to know about planning a successful winter relocation.
1. Watch the Weather Forecast
Winter weather can change on a dime, with sunny conditions followed by a terrible snowstorm. Failure to watch the weather can lead to a nasty surprise, especially if the bad weather coincides with your relocation date.
Watching the weather can help you plan for storms, low temperatures, and other adverse weather conditions. For instance, if you hire professional movers, you can let them worry about loading and driving the truck in bad weather. They also usually have contingency plans when bad weather approaches.
2. Keep Track of Weather-Appropriate Clothes and Shoes
Your winter coat, hats, and boots are essential this time of year, but losing them would be easy during all the packing. So instead, keep track of weather-appropriate clothes and shoes, either by packing them in a duffel bag separate from your moving boxes or by packing them in a box labeled “priority.”
3. Protect Your Flooring
Protect your new home’s flooring during move-in and your old home’s flooring during move-out. Lay down runners, rugs, tarps, and other protective layers to keep snow, ice, and salt off the floor.
If you’re working with professional movers, they should take care of this for you. If you’re doing all the moving yourself, you’ll be responsible for this. Get the rugs and runners ahead of your relocation to ensure you have the supplies you need when the time comes.
4. Signing the Kids Up for School
Since school is in session this time of the year, signing your little one up for school should be a priority. First, find out which school district you’re in at your new home and what kind of paperwork that school will need to get your child signed up. Then, set those papers aside – don’t pack them yet- so you’ll have access to them when you register your child.
5. Label Holiday Boxes Clearly
You might want access to your holiday decorations this time of year. Label your holiday boxes clearly, so you can find them easily when you need them.
You may find that decorating your new house is too difficult under the circumstances. So give yourself a pass on decorating for the holidays this year. You’ll do it next year!
6. Establish Utilities
At this time of year, it’s essential to have heat, hot water, electricity, and more. Sign up for utilities before moving into your new home, then confirm they have turned the utilities on before relocating. Don’t move into a cold home!
7. Hire a Reputable Moving Company
Don’t try to navigate dicey winter roads and uncertain weather conditions alone. Instead, work with professional movers to ensure that your relocation goes smoothly. Contact us today to get a quote for your upcoming winter move.