Guest Blogger #312, Entry #865, December 28, 2011
If you are planning a move in the winter time and either your current location or your destination location is in an area that experiences frigid temperatures and winter precipitation, you’ll want to be sure to take some extra precautions and planning steps in order to make the transition as smooth as possible.
Remember, that while relocating in winter can be a miserable experience, you can ease the burden quite a bit by being prepared with the tips below.. and don’t forget that there are some “up-sides” to moving in the winter such as reduced moving expenses and easier availability of resources to support your move!
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Be sure to make things easier for your moving companies or removal companies by clearing and de-icing your walkways and driveways at both your current and/or destination location. Also be sure to cover your floors and carpets with cardboard in order to avoid the tracking of salt or ice which can cause damage.
Don’t Pack your Snuggy Just Yet.
No matter where you are moving from or moving to, assume that there will be cold weather and plan for it. Don’t pack up the items that you may need to support staying warm during the move such as your winter coat and wooly socks! Even if you’re moving to a warmer climate, delays or snafus during the moving process may mean that you need these items at-the-ready.
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Check the Weather Regularly.
Keep informed of up-to-date weather conditions at both locations so that you can make the most of your moving plan. If the weather changes drastically, you may need to shift your plan to accommodate.
Get your Vehicle Ready.
Ensure that your travel vehicle (unless you’re taking a plane and either shipping your belongings or hiring a moving company), has been adequately serviced for the cold weather before starting your journey. Also be sure to include an emergency kit in your vehicle (flares, food, bottled water, a first-aid kit and flashlight). A shovel along with ice removal tools and a bag of sand or salt for “sticky situations” may also be necessary and have a road-side assistance number available that can service you in whatever part of the country that your travels may be taking you.
Don’t Forget about Comfort.
Ensure that your current and destination location both have the appropriate heating sources engaged to keep both places comfortable for you and your moving vendors during the moving process.
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Consider Items that will Need Extra Attention.
If you have items being moved that may be sensitive to the cold, make sure those items are wrapped or properly kept at room temperature during the move, such as any liquids that may freeze, electronics that may be inoperable after being exposed to the cold or plants that will not hold-up in colder temperatures.
Lastly, don’t let the cold weather dampen your spirit! A relocation can be a great and exciting experience no matter the temperature. With a well-organized plan, you can accomplish as smooth a transition as you would in the Spring or Summer months!
Jade Evans loves winter, but she knows that it is difficult on some people – especially those that have to deal with removal companies! If you ever want to sit down with a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy the snowfall, though, get in touch.
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