Seventeen Winter Relocation Guidelines
If you have to relocate to another home in the middle of winter, then you know you will have to deal with harsh weather and a lot of inconveniences along the way. Kensington Long Distance Movers have collected some pointers in their years in business that will come in handy during this time.
Get the particulars straight with your relocating team
The upside of a winter relocation is that not many people will be moving, so you will have various choices at your feet. Even so, it is good to check in with your relocating agency a week and a couple of days before the big day; this is because winter can come with harsh weather changes that force rescheduling.
Pay attention to weather forecast
At this time, you should be attentive to see how the weather is said to be the day of your relocation, and also be sure to check outside to see how it is faring. Go an extra mile and contact the local authorities to know the roads that will be inaccessible during that day due to bad weather so that you can carefully select your route.
Keep your floors covered
You will have a lot of traffic shifting things from your house, so you will want to keep your floors as dry as possible. This can be achieved using carton pieces, old carpets, or blankets.
Turn off your heater
Remember that your door will be open for most of the day, which beats the essence of turning the heat on if it will eventually end up outside. That way, you will save some coins in the electric bill.
Turn on the heat in the bathroom
Even if the heat is off, it does not mean that a little warming up is not required from time to time. Have the heat running in the bathroom so that one can take a break there in case they need to warm up.
Put your furry friend in a boarding house
The activities involved in the move and requiring your animal to go out in the blistering cold may stress them out. Therefore, it is best to have them in a shelter until everything is settled, and then you can go get them.
Ensure all paths are cleared
Paths that are covered in snow and ice pose a great danger to people who are shifting items. Therefore, take out all the snow from areas that will be used and pour salt all over them to avoid any damages and injuries.
Confirm utility connections
Heat and light are the most important things to have in your new home when embarking on your winter move. Therefore, you will need to constantly check to see if they have been connected before your journey begins.
Organize for packing
This is especially essential since snow can cause a hindrance. Therefore, you can ask your new neighbors to clear up the way leading to your place or hire someone to do it for you. You do not want to arrive at night and have to shovel your way to your new home.
Have adequate protection
Carry some sheets and blankets with you if snow starts falling as your knick-knacks are being unpacked.
Aside from dressing warm, this can be done by having a hot drink at hand. That way, when the temperature gets unbearably cold, you and the relocating crew can have a cup of hot coffee or tea to warm things up and get back to business.
Carry some extra mittens
When shifting things in the snow, the relocating team members can get their gloves soaked, which could cause inconveniences. Having an extra pair can go a long way in giving them some extra warmth or act as a replacement.
Use extra cushioning material on delicate goods
Items such as those made of glass may require some extra cushioning when it gets too cold. Having a thick layer of protection around such tools will ensure that they stay as immobile as possible.
Double pack electronic devices
Gadgets that run on power are not friendly with harsh cold temperatures. Therefore, be sure to use a lot more Styrofoam or extra boxes to ensure they stay as safe as possible. Additionally, if the relocating vehicle does not come with a climate control option, consider having these devices in your car where it will be heated.
Have an essentials bag
A winter relocation essentials bag may need to have a few extra things than that of an ordinary move. Consider carrying warm clothing, blankets, and some extra boots.
Flexibility is key
The winter climate can bring changes any minute, so you should be able to change your relocating day from one to the other in short notice. Remember that the climate cannot be controlled and you will just have to work with it.
Be a generous tipper
The charges incurred by relocating firms during winter are usually quite low. Therefore, dig a little deeper into your pocket to give generous tips to the relocating team that helped make our move a success in such bad weather.