Moving home in the winter can feel like a difficult task. Taking care of all the responsibilities necessary while also contending with the cold and harsh weather conditions might feel overwhelming at times. It’s perfectly achievable with the right mindset, however. We’re here to offer you some suitable tips to help you achieve this process in the most time-efficient and safe way possible.
Consider Your Clothing
It’s likely that you’ll be taking care of many things at once during a move. This might also mean picking up and storing heavy boxes. It could certainly mean heading to the garage to dig out belongings you haven’t seen for years. Consider the clothing you wear during this process. Sure the outside is cold, but your hard physical effort can raise your body temperature to an intense degree. A few thin layers are better at keeping you warm and are more flexible and breathable than wearing thick layers the entire round. This should help you maintain a good temperature and not wear you out as easily as being too warm can.
Keep Your Energy On
It might be tempting to cancel the energy tariffs for the day you move. Make sure you switch off all your internal heating at the last moment, however, as standing around in the cold for a long time before you’re ready to leave can potentially harm you. This is especially important if you have children or infants around.
It’s also important to travel to the new place preemptively and make sure all the energy implements are working correctly. There will be nothing worse than opening the door and realising you have no heat or water in the dead of winter. Preparing this way will help keep your family safe.
Plan Your Route
It’s likely that you’re having to drive a select distance in your moving pursuits. Using a shiply courier can give you freedom from packing and transporting your belongings yourself, but they must drive along the same route as you do. If there are plenty of rural roads, notoriously icy lanes or any other difficult driving condition, you’re potentially compromising your safety.
Stick to roads you know are being salted, and plan a route for the courier yourself. If you can, visit the new property and prepare it for the vehicles. This might include salting the path or the roads outside. This is especially important if you’re living somewhere rural, as the local authority likely hasn’t made these efforts for you.
While it’s not common for the intense weather to occur, you never know when you might be caught in a blizzard or storm which prevents future travel. Plan for this. Create a vehicle survival kit with batteries, blankets, non-perishable food and water. Keep plenty of medical aid on hand just in case. Also, preplan hotels you can arrive at if you need to make a stop overnight to wait out the storms. It’s unlikely this will happen, but it’s always better safe than sorry.
We wish you a pleasant and safe move and hope that you’ll love your new home with all of your heart.