Moving during the wintertime can seem like an overwhelming and difficult task. While moving during this time of the year does present its own set of challenges, there are a few tips you can keep in mind to help make the process go as smoothly as possible.
Tip #1: Keep an Eye on the Weather
While the weather can sometimes feel nearly impossible to predict in Arlington and the surrounding area, keeping a close eye on the weather will give you a good idea as to when you should start the moving process. Be sure to check on it every day of the week up until the day of your move. If there are any doubts about incoming inclement weather, contact your movers to see about changing the dates of your move.
Tip #2: Mind Your Utilities
Before you begin the moving process, check to make sure your heat and electricity are turned on. The last thing you want is to get everything moved into a home where everything is not working properly, particularly during the winter months.
As you begin the process of actually moving things into your new house, however, you will want to turn off the heat. This is because you will be leaving doors hanging wide open, which will make your heating bill skyrocket. To ensure your pipes do not freeze, however, you should run a space heater in your bathroom. This will also give you a warm place to take a break during the move. Of course, you will also be quite happy to have a heated bathroom if you need to use the facilities while at home.
Tip #3: Clear a Path
Before you or the movers arrive with items to be hauled into your new home, you should clear a wide path that will help to make transporting items easier. This may include clearing your driveway of snow beforehand as well. The path that you clearly should be plenty wide enough for you to walk through while also carrying large items that need to be moved into the house, such as couches and mattress.
Tip #4: Be Prepared to Cover Everything
Despite your best efforts to clear a path beforehand, the outside ground is sure to still be snow-covered or mushy from melting snow. Therefore, you should buy some cheap plastic tarps and lay them down over your floors. This way, the mess from outside is not brought inside and spread all over the floors in your new home. You should also place some floor mats in front of every outside door.
You should also keep sheets and towels on hand in case you need to cover up items as you move them into the house. If a sudden snowstorm happens upon you as you are transporting items from the moving truck into the house, you may need to give them a cover in order to keep them from getting damaged in the move.