Like many people, you probably find that considering moving from your home or apartment into a new place during the winter months is a less than ideal thought. The winters in Canada can certainly be a bit brutal at times! However, buying a home in the winter can actually work out in your favor. Sellers are generally more motivated during these cold months and are more likely to accept your offer.
Don’t worry about hunkering down until the spring time to move into your dream home! By taking just a few extra steps, your winter move can go just as smoothly as it would during the warmer months.
Winter Moving Tips
Prepare for moving in the winter with these tips:
- Enlist help. If you plan to do the move yourself, enlist the help of as many friends and family members as possible. The more people involved, the faster your move will go. You can purchase boxes and moving supplies at Sentinel, and even use the courtesy moving truck and move smaller items into a self storage unit if necessary. Then, you can hire a moving company to handle the larger, heavier items. Professional movers are accustomed to moving in all kinds of weather conditions, and you won’t have to do any of that heavy lifting on your own.
- Prepare your new home. Have the utilities turned on at least a few days before the move to ensure that the furnace and water are running. This will help make your new home comfortable on moving day. Also, prepare for the move by covering the floors with large pieces of cardboard or plastic sheets to protect them, and have rags and cleaning supplies on hand to wipe down your belongings as they are moved inside.
- Clear the walkways and driveways. Make sure you have a clear path to and from your moving truck at both your old home and the new one. Clear snow from the walkways and the driveways, and lay down salt to melt ice. Also, it’s important to remember to clear a spot for the moving truck. Don’t pack away your winter gear like shovels and ice scrapers- you may need them on moving day!
- Dress appropriately. Although it may seem like common sense to dress warm and in layers, you might think once you’re inside your new home you won’t need to worry about how you’re dressed. But with doors constantly opening and closing, regulating the temperature inside will be difficult. Plus, you won’t want to crank up the heat for your movers’ or helpers’ sakes. Going from one extreme temperature to another is a sure way to get people sick.
- Plan ahead- and have a back-up plan. At least a week before your move, keep an eye on the weather forecast so you have some idea what to expect on moving day. If it looks like a blizzard may be heading your way, check with your moving company to see if they have a policy regarding rescheduling or postponing due to weather. It’s also advised to have multiple routes planned in case some roads are impassable.
Finally, have some hot chocolate and warm snacks ready for everyone involved in your winter move. On a cold winter’s day, everyone will appreciate a few minutes to warm up!