Moving Homes in the Winter: Tips, Advice, and More
Monday Nov 11th, 2019
Does the thought of moving in Southern Ontario during the winter send a shiver up your spine? Many homeowners feel this way! And, while winter does mean frigid temperatures, ice and snow, which can be challenging to navigate on moving day, there are ways to make the entire process go smoothly. Here are some tips and advice to consider:
1. Hire a reputable moving company
Relocating in the winter can mean saving on moving costs since many moving companies offer reduced rates for the slower season. Be sure to hire a reputable company that has an excellent track record for winter moves. Find out how they typically handle weather delays and what their protocol is for managing difficult conditions. Before your move date, call the company to confirm important details and discuss any delays, if possible.
2. Board your pets
Boarding pets during a move is a smart idea no matter the season, but especially so in the winter. No pet owner wants their beloved fur baby to escape from the house into a cold and unfamiliar neighbourhood.
3. Protect your floors
A professional moving company will provide coverings to protect hardwood, tile and carpet floors, but it is especially important to make sure that your surfaces are respected to avoid damage from slush, dirt and salt. When possible, remove boots and shoes when entering your home on moving day. It will take extra effort, but it will help minimize messes and damage.
4. Pack your shovel and salt last
Before your movers arrive, be sure to shovel and salt your driveway and walkways to keep all areas safe and clear from ice and snow. Be sure to load your shovels and salt on the truck last so you can clear all areas of your new home quickly and efficiently.
5. Keep cold-weather essentials with you
On your move day, you’ll want to be comfortable and warm. Instead of packing the truck with your winter boots, coats, hats and mitts, keeps these items with you so they are easily accessible.
6. Make sure utilities are working
Before your move, contact the utility companies at your new home (gas, hydro, water, etc.) and ensure that the utilities are turned on and in your name. Nothing makes moving in the winter more unpleasant than not having heat, electricity or running water.
7. Lower the heating system
While your move is underway, remember to lower your thermostat so that you don’t experience a large amount of heat loss as your movers come in and out of the house.
8. Ensure proper lighting
The days are shorter in the winter, which means it gets darker earlier in the day. If your move is going beyond four or five o’clock in the evening, make sure that your exterior lights are working and that there is good visibility for the movers. Turn overhead lights on in the house, too, to help avoid trips or falls in the dark.
9. Be flexible and cautious
Weather delays are often beyond our control and become a great safety risk if caution isn’t heeded. Should your move date get postponed due to weather, be flexible and understanding about the situation. It’s better to play it safe than risk the safety of the moving crew and your possessions.
Don’t let moving in the winter deter you from buying or selling a home. With some planning and forethought, it can be a positive experience – and you might even save some money too.
For more tips and advice like these, contact Deborah Clerk, Real Estate Sales Representative and ASA at Keller Williams Realty Solutions, Brokerage, in Mississauga, Ontario.