Moving in the wintertime can be tough. Physically. You have to maneuver through snow, and icy roads...and lifting boxes while wearing gloves is hard enough.
Here are some tips to make the move a little easier.
BEFORE YOU MOVE
1. Winterize your car
This should be an easy one if you already live somewhere where the snow has been flying. Make sure your tires, brakes and battery are all in top condition and check that all fluids are topped off. You should also have an emergency winter kit. Include bottled water, snacks, blankets, windshield scraper, flashlight, sand or salt and some road flares. Also, think about getting a roadside assistance service. If you're using a moving truck, check to see if they provide one for you.
2. Be ready for the climate you're moving to
Be sure to pack easily accessible clothing for when you get to your new home. You won't want to move while you're too hot or too cold.
3. Do not pack liquids
Try not to pack liquids, especially if you're taking several days to move on the road. Make sure you drain your lawn mowers, boats, or anything with oil or gasoline.
4. Check weather and road conditions
Stay safe on the road! Here are the Department of Transportation websites for Minnesota and Wisconsin. If you’re moving outside the area, you can find your state’s DOT website here.
1. Allow extra time.
Make sure you give yourself plenty of time. Leave early. Add an extra day for moving if you have to. You don't want to arrive late and move in the dark.
2. Dress appropriately
Dress in layers for changing temps. Don't wear hoodies or other clothing with strings - you don't want them getting caught on doorways. Make sure you have sturdy boots with good traction. Try to have gloves with grips to make carrying boxes easier.
3. Keep sidewalks & driveways clear
Make sure your shovels and ice melt are handy.
4. Make use of your moving boxes
Line your floors with cardboard! Movers can't be expected to remove their boots every single time they come in and out of your house. So unpack a few boxes and use them to cover your floors. Or pick up a few tarps.
5. Have towels ready
In case it's snowing, you'll want to wipe down boxes and furniture before moving them into the home. For items like TVs and furniture you do NOT want getting wet, make sure you have either towels or tarps to cover them.
6. Have a food plan!
Make sure you have water, soda, coffee and maybe even some snacks for your movers. It's a great time to try out a local pizza place! Try this: mention that you've just moved to the area. You might get a discount!!
For more moving hints, contact the Realty Edge Team at 507-722-1107 or at www.rochesterrealtyedge.com. And find us on Facebook!