The winter can be a great time to move!
This is a time when fewer people are moving and so moving companies are not only more available, but often times they will charge you less.
Another good thing about moving during the winter months is that since movers are less busy you have a wider choice of a moving date.
Although moving during the winter is a cost effective option, it does have negative aspects as well and it’s no surprise that inclement weather plays a major role.
Unpredictable weather such as heavy snow, sleet, ice and freezing temperatures can greatly affect your move in more ways that one. Lets go over some important aspects of a winter relocation process.
The months of winter are considered to be an off-peak season for the moving industry. Most reputable moving companies lower their rates by nearly 30% during off-peak seasons.
Therefore, you can expect to pay substantially less by moving in the winter months, potentially saving hundreds. Moving in the winter offers lower rent benefits as well.
Winter is notoriously slow for apartment hunting, usually yielding lower rent costs from landlords looking to fill empty apartment units. Make sure to seek assistance from a reputable moving company who has significant experience in dealing with moves during cold weather.
Packing for a winter move is very similar to packing for a move any other time of year with one exception. You need to be careful with items that can be damaged from inclement weather.
Like houseplants and old china pieces, that may crack or get fine lines in the extreme cold. Do not pack winter supplies, there is a high chance you will need them throughout your move.
Keep items such as a shovel, ice scraper, salt and winter accessories like gloves and hats easily accessible.
*Read tips for packing fragile items.
If you don’t already own, invest in some much needed winter tools, such as a shovel, ice scraper and salt. Keep the sidewalks and driveway clear.
Keeping your sidewalks shoveled when movers are carrying heavy boxes and furniture in or out of your house is especially critical.
If there is a lot of snow on the ground, your vehicle or the moving truck may become stuck or you may have to dig a path to your new apartment when you arrive.
Keep it Clean
Winter brings all kinds of mud, snow and slush. You don’t want the movers to track all of this dirt and debris into your house, even if you are moving out.
Protect your carpets and floors by covering them with plastic drop cloths.
Get your pet(s) to a warm, secure place before the movers arrive at your home. You don’t want them to sneak out of the house and get lost in freezing temperatures.
*Please check our tips for moving with pets.
This is a general rule throughout your entire relocation process, not just the day of. Keeping an eye on the weather well in advance to your move day will give you an idea of what to expect and better prepare. Keep checking throughout the day because conditions might change.
Winterize your car before the move. Make sure your tires and brakes are in good condition, all fluids are full, your battery is fully charged, and the heater is working well.
If renting, it’s a good idea to check with the rental property manager of your new home to ensure the place is ready for you on moving day.
You should ensure that all utilities have been set-up and are fully functioning. You wouldn’t want to spend your first night at your new place freezing in the dark.