Helpful Tips for Moving in the Winter

Moving can be a daunting task in any season, but moving in winter can be especially bone-chilling. But, there are many benefits to be found by moving in the cold. Let us provide you with some tips for moving in winter that can help make the most of your move.

Reasons to Move in the Winter

There are many reasons people move in the winter. While it’s less than ideal, weather-wise, there are a few benefits that come with moving in the cold as opposed to warmer months.

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Lower Cost

Winter is typically the slow season for real estate. There is often less competition and bidding on homes. Movers are also in the off-season. A lot of times you’ll find better deals on moving companies.

Flexibility

Not only will you find better deals, but you’ll discover that many moving companies have more flexibility during the winter. Since moves aren’t as common, they have a lot more openings you can take advantage of.

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Timing

Not everyone has the luxury of choosing when to move. You may have to move during the winter simply because that’s when you were able to find a home or this is when your lease is up.

9 Tips For Moving in Winter

Be prepared for whatever comes your way. Regardless of the reason for your move, be ready with these tips for before, during, and after your winter move.

Research

It can be hard to distinguish between all the moving and storage choices out there. When researching companies, be sure to check their policies for damaged items during the move and inclement weather.

Put your belongings and future in the most capable hands. Doorage provides flexibility in how you move while offering exact pickup and delivery times.

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Plan Ahead

If you’re able to choose when you move, try to aim for the end of winter. That way, you have the best possible chance for optimal weather conditions. If there are typically snowstorms in January, you might want to avoid moving then if possible.

Store Ahead

Keep your valuables safe during your move by storing them ahead of time. Winter moves can leave valuables and fragile items vulnerable to icy or wet conditions. By storing them in a climate-controlled storage facility you can make sure they’re safe until you’re all moved in.

For all your storage needs, Doorage offers hi-tech and secure storage facilities. We’ll come to you and pick up your belongings and keep them safe during your move. Then when you’re ready to collect them, we’ll drop them off for you.

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Have a Week-Of Checklist

Write your list and check it twice. Preparing the week of your move will ensure a smoother move. Here are three things to have on your list:

  • Logistics: Plan your moving day route ahead of time and check online for any planned road closures.
  • Weather: Watch the weather as your moving day approaches in case inclement weather decides to come your way.
  • Emergency Kit: Include essentials like blankets and candles or flashlights in the event of a power outage. Extra clothing, toiletries, and a first aid kit are also a must.

Have a Backup Plan

In case there’s a snowstorm or blizzard on the radar during your move, have a backup moving day scheduled with your moving company. If you’re able to, give yourself enough cushion time between moving out of your old place and into your new one.

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Turn Utilities On Beforehand

Make sure your new home has power and the utilities are turned on in advance. This will help prevent pipes from bursting in the cold, but also will make for a more enjoyable move and first day in your new home.

Leave Out the Salt and Shovels

Don’t pack these just yet! You’ll need them in case it snows on your moving day. If it does snow, help out the movers and save some time by clearing a path for them before their arrival.

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Protect Your Belongings

Certain items like wooden furniture, electronics, or houseplants will get damaged from exposure to the cold weather. And keep in mind that everything on the movers’ shoes is going to end up on the floor of your new home. Lay down a tarp to protect your floors.

Make Sure You Have Enough Time

Check your route and make sure you have plenty of time to get to your destination. Rushing can lead to mistakes and potential damage to your belongings. Give yourself enough time to ensure a safe arrival for all.

Using Doorage for Storage and Moving in the Cold

Wherever you’re moving in winter, Doorage has you covered. Get valet storage, pickup service, delivery service, packing materials, and even packing and unpacking services from our team of trusted moving professionals. We make moving easy — no matter the season. For a moving experience like no other, call (312) 248-7060 to book your move today.