Tips For a Smooth Move During The Winter Season

Published on October 27th, 2014

Winter Moving

There are several advantages to moving during the winter – moving companies typically charge less, you don’t have to battle the heat, and most people can get off work during this time of year.

However, the cool winter temperatures add a new dynamic to the otherwise simple task of moving. If you’re planning to move this winter or the next, we have some tips to make the process a little easier.

Set Up Utilities Beforehand

This may sound like common sense to some people, but it’s crucial that you have power and gas (if applicable) activated in your new home before you move.

You don’t want to be stuck without heat for days on end, so contact the respective companies that service your area to ensure it’s activated.

Assuming your new home is close, it’s not a bad idea to personally check and see if the utilities are activated several days before you move.

Prepare For The Worst

As the saying goes, hope for the best but prepare for the worst, holds true when moving during the winter. Hopefully, you’ll have mild, sunny weather, but if the roads are iced over, you’ll need some supplies to clear your driveway. Keep several bags of road salt on hand, as well as snow shovel.

Stay Warm

Staying comfortable when moving during the winter can be tricky. If you wear too many clothes, or the wrong type of clothes, you will begin to sweat. This trapped moisture will then lower your body temperature even further.

So, what should you wear on the big moving day? Try dressing in layers, with a thick outer coat for maximum thermal protection. As the day progresses and mercury rises, you can strip the jacket in favor of a sweater and/or light coat.

A cup of coffee, hot tea or hot cocoa is the perfect way to begin your moving day. It will give you a boost of energy while subsequently raising your body temperature. Just remember to brew enough for everyone to enjoy.

Protect Against Freezing Pipes

If you live in a region that experiences exceptionally cold winters, you may want to turn on the faucets in both your previous and new home. Allowing the faucets to drip. Even a slight trickle will discourage the pipes from freezing and bursting.

If there’s water dripping from a faucet, there’s little-to-no risk of pressure building up, which subsequently prevents the pipes from bursting.

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