Tips for Planning a Move in the Winter
The winter is considered the off-season for moving since many people move between May and September. Planning a move during the winter months can have its advantages, like finding great deals on moving rates offered by moving companies in Toronto. Preparing for your move using the following tips will help ensure your move goes according as planned without any problems.
Use an experienced and professional mover.While it might be tempting to rent your own truck and complete the move yourself, it is more cost effective and efficient to hire a professional mover in the long run. Reputable moving companies are licensed and insured, while giving you the option to take out additional moving insurance to cover your belongings. Their drivers are experienced driving on wet, icy, and snowy roads with large trucks. In addition, while you get to remain indoors where it is warm, they handle all of the heavy lifting, loading, and unloading of your items.
Do not pack winter clothing and supplies.Leave out a snow shovel, ice melt, and outdoor winter wear, like jackets, boots, and gloves. This way, in the event of a snow fall the night before your move, it will be easier to locate these items for clearing the sidewalks and drive way. Plus, if you get to your new home and it also needs shoveled, you will have your shovel handy and ready to clear the walk ways.
Make sure the heat and lights are turned on at the new home.A few days prior to your move, verify with your local utility company the electricity and heat are turned on. If you have access to the home, stop by and confirm everything is working and set the thermostat between 15 and 20 degrees Celsius (60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit). This way the home has time to be warmed up before you arrive on moving day.
Board your pets or take them to a friend’s home the day before the move.While you are moving, it is better to keep your pets as comfortable and warm as possible. The last thing you want to do is having them get underfoot as the movers are carrying furniture and boxes in and out of your current and new home. You also avoid the risks of them getting outside and running away. In addition, pets adjust better to their new surroundings, after you have moved into the new home and unpacked some of your items, since they will be familiar with the scents and smells of the items, when you do bring them home.
Have a backup plan in case of bad weather.Monitor weather reports as your moving day gets closer. Moves can still happen, even if it is snowing, as long as it is not a major blizzard. Work with your Toronto moving company to have an alternative moving date in the event you need to cancel the original move due to inclement weather and poor road conditions.
Moving during the winter does not have to be stressful or difficult with help from an experienced moving company. Your move can still be fun and exciting as you are getting ready to move into your new home. For additional tips and suggestions, or to request a free moving quote, contact Accurate Movers in Toronto today by phoning 416-907-8545.