Nobody likes to move, but it’s even worse if you have to move in the winter. Colder temperatures and harsh weather make a winter move especially daunting, but there are a few ways to make it easier! These winter moving tips may not be able to make it feel like summer again, but they’ll surely make for a better moving experience!
Hire a Professional
Attempting a winter move by yourself is not a good idea. You’ll be able to save time and be safer if you hire professional movers. Call different moving companies to find the best value. Remember, the best value doesn’t mean the lowest price! Look for a reasonable price paired with great experience, insurance, and positive references.
Schedule the Move Early
Daylight is shorter during the winter so try to schedule your move early in the day. This way, movers won’t be working in the dark or at the coldest part of the day. Account for drive time between your old place and your new place before choosing a moving time.
Clear the Way for Movers
Get up before movers are due to arrive and clear the driveway, walkways, and sidewalk from any snow or ice. It’s a good idea to throw down some winter salt too to help prevent slipping. When you arrive at the new location, clear the way there as well. If a mover slips in the snow not only will your personal items get damaged, but they could get hurt too!
Turn Utilities on Before the Move
Turn the utilities on in your new home a day or two before you actual moving day. That way, you can have the heat turned up and ensure the movers will have a place to warm up in between loads. It’s always appreciated if you’re able to provide a warm beverage like coffee or hot chocolate too! Keep the utilities on at your current house until the move is over so they’ll be able to stay warm during the initial loading process too.
When you’re moving in the winter remember that the movers hate it just as much as you do, so getting it over with quickly and safely should be the common goal. Don’t forget to ask about winter moving discounts since it’s a slow time of year for moving companies! Try to watch the weather forecast and if moving day is expected to get a lot of bad winter weather, it may be best to reschedule for a different day.
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Moving in the winter is less than ideal, but sometimes it has to be done. There are some extra precautions you’ll need to take to keep your winter move as safe and efficient as possible. If waiting for spring is out of the question, follow these tips to help survive your winter move.
Leave it to Professionals
Moving in the winter calls for the help of professionals. It may come at an added cost, but it will help keep you and your belongings safe. Call around to multiple movers before hiring anyone. Try to find a moving company with reasonable rates, insurance, and positive customer references. Some movers even offer winter moving discounts since it’s a slow season for them!
Check the Weather
This probably seems obvious, but make sure to check the weather as moving day approaches. If the weather forecast is calling for a lot of snow or especially bitter cold temperatures, ask the movers if they’re able to reschedule for the following week or even just a different day in the same week.
Clear the Driveway
You should shovel all driveways, entryways, and sidewalks before movers arrive. Put down a coating of winter salt to prevent ice from accumulating during the move. Keep the driveway clear throughout the move, even if that means taking a break from loading and unloading to shovel for a few minutes.
Keep Everyone Warm
Staying warm during a winter move is vital. Keep everyone helping with the move warm by making sure utilities are turned on at the new location a couple of days before moving day and the utilities are still on at the old place. Turn the heat up high at both locations and encourage movers to take a break inside for a few minutes to warm up if they need too. Offering hot coffee or hot chocolate is an extra step that isn’t required, but definitely appreciated!
Protect the Floors
Protect your floors from moisture and winter salt by laying down tarps or plastic sheeting. This should be done at the old home and the new home before movers arrive.
Remember to be patient during a winter move. Everybody there will want to get it over with but rushing the process could lead to injury or damaged items. When you’re especially cold and ready for the move the be over, just imagine how worth it will all be when you’re enjoying your new home!
For a reliable moving company to help with your move this winter, contact Rare Moving & Trucking! We provide free estimates for your relocation – so call us at 617-825-7273 or use our contact form to start your moving process!
Moving in the summer is a common thing to do. With the nice weather and no chance of snow getting in the way of getting from point A to point B, this is the prime moving season. If this is your first summer move, here are some tips to make it go a bit easier for you:
Book your movers in advance
With summer being the most popular time for moving, the best moving companies are likely to get booked. Decide which moving company will fully suit your needs, and get on their schedule well in advance.
Have a yard sale
On a nice weekend, get rid of all of your extra belongings in a yard sale. Try to have the yard sale a few weeks before you have to pack up the moving truck since you might be left with at least a few things that you might not want. If you still have items you want to get rid of, consider donating them.
Make sure that everything is absolutely ready to go on moving day. That means emptying all of your drawers and packing up everything except your essentials so the movers can do their job without having to wait while you rush around. Spreading out your packing over a week or more will help you avoid the night-before shenanigans.
Double Check Before You Pack Up the Moving Truck
There’s a chance that you’ll be packing some heat-sensitive items for your move. If you are moving long-distance or there is a chance that the truck will sit in the sun for an extended period, think of another way of packing sensitive electronics or things like candles that could melt. You should take them in your car, or if you have to pack them in the moving truck, keep them in the cold house and put them in last, labeling the boxes so you can quickly unpack them first when you get to the new place.
Stay Cool and Hydrated
It can be secure in the bustle of moving to neglect to drink enough water and take breaks to cool off. Make sure to use your air conditioning and cool down the house before the movers come, or at least have one cold room where they can take a break if the weather is hot. Try to keep lots of water accessible for everyone to stay hydrated. Don’t let heat stroke to ruin your moving day!
Plan Around Traffic
In the winter, there are weather delays. In the summer, people are traveling nearby for vacation. Plan your move to bypass any weekends or popular vacation weeks, like the end of August, to avoid getting stuck in vacation traffic. If you certainly must move on a weekend and live in a common vacation area, plan to avoid peak traffic times.
One of the biggest pains during the moving process is figuring out how to move all of the clothes in your closets and drawers from one place to another. This might be a big enough hassle for some people to drive them to consider having movers do it for them!
Choose What Clothes to Take With You
If you want to know how to keep your clothes organized when moving, sort your clothes correctly before moving day. This can save you time, money, and stop you from pulling out your hair when it comes to unpacking and realizing you don’t know where a particular item of clothing is.
Don’t Pack Clothes You Won’t Wear
First, get rid of the following clothing items:
- Clothes you won’t need if you’re moving somewhere with a different climate
- Clothes that are out of style
- Clothes that you or your kids have grown out of
- Clothes that are worn out ripped
- Clothes that you never wear anymore
Donate it to charity or a secondhand store if it still looks nice and isn’t junk. If you don’t donate, throw it out, especially if the clothes are damaged. You might want to keep some clothing items for now if you need to use them to wrap other items during the move.
Group Your Clothes for the Move
Grouping clothes will help your packing process go smoothly, and you’ll be able to get to specific clothes you may need after reaching your destination. If this is too much work for you, you can skip all this and pack the way you would if you’re in a rush.
Cotton and natural fabrics can crease, and you may need to iron them after the move. If you don’t want them to get extremely creased, put them on hangers, and put a clothing bag over the top. Synthetic and polyester clothes can be stuffed into boxes without issue because they don’t crease easily. Fold them as you would with any other clothes and pile them one on top of the other.
This will help you find and unpack the clothes you’ll need right away, and help you ignore unpacking summer clothes when it’s winter and snowing outside.
If you want to be able to find comfortable clothes right away, pack them aside from more formal clothing you won’t need right away will help you quickly find them. You can start doing this well before your move to save time and hassle.
RARE Moving & Storage is here to help with your packing and moving process all around the Boston area. Contact us to learn more about our services. Give us a call at (617) 825-7273 or fill out our contact form.
Packing your home up before a move is stressful. Here are some tips to make it easier on everyone involved.
Identify “last on, first off” items
Figure out any items that you’ll need to find easily at your new place. Load them in last when you pack the moving truck, so they’re the first to get unloaded. This will ensure essential items are easy to find when you arrive.
Create a “don’t pack zone”
There will be some items you don’t want to be packed or loaded into the moving truck. Think of things of greater importance or sentimental value like jewelry, family photos, or financial documents. Additionally, professional moving companies prohibit certain moving items that are considered perishable or hazardous. Designate an area (like a specific room) to put things you’ll want to keep with you. Ensure anyone helping you move, whether friends or professional movers, know not to pack or load stuff in that area.
Completely Pack Each Room One at a Time
Some items, such as jewelry, are difficult to pack. It’s tempting to leave those difficult items for later. Resist that urge and move ahead. By getting one room filled before you move on, you’ll avoid leaving only the most annoying things to the last minute. It will make it easier to track your progress and be able to tell how much packing you have left.
Carefully pack dishes
Your most fragile items need some special care when packing. Use extra packing paper or a soft cloth and wrap up each item individually. Stack dishes vertically instead of horizontally. Make sure to pad the top and bottom of the box with towels or cloth. Mark the box as fragile, so your movers know to take extra care of it when transporting.
Identify Small Items with Colored Paper
When you pack small and breakable items, use colored tissue paper to wrap them or put a piece of colored tape on the box. This can help prevent you from accidentally throwing away something little because you think it’s just packing paper.
Most moving companies have a full-service option, meaning they will box up all your stuff, so you don’t have to do it on your own. A pro of hiring professional movers is that they can do the job quickly and more efficient since they have the experience.
As you’re packing, assign each box a number and put a label on it. Write down what’s in each box with the corresponding number. Check off each number as the boxes are loaded into the truck and again when they’re taken off.
Some people move a lot, but if you’re a first-timer, you may need some tips and tricks. RARE Moving wants to make your move go as smoothly as it can.
You DIY your move when you need more help
Using professional movers isn’t cheap, but it’s always worth it to have that help. Doing a move on your own, even if you have friends or family help, will be more time and labor-intensive than hiring people who are professionals. If you have items of significant value, it’s also going to be way riskier. While there are plenty of situations where moving is just fine, it’s a mistake to immediately quash the idea of using a moving company just because you want to save some money or because you think it will easy. Think about and be honest with yourself about what your move will involve and how much willpower you have to do it. A DIY move may be a perfectly acceptable option if you don’t have a ton of items that need to come with you. But if you’ve got a truck’s worth of heavy belongings, do yourself—and your friends—a favor and opt for the pros.
You give yourself too much time
On the flip side of starting too late is the equally damaging mistake of starting too early. Not only does giving yourself too much time unnecessarily prolong the moving process, but it also makes it pretty likely that you’ll pack something you end up needing and then end up having to go through already packed boxes to find it. Plus, who wants to live around moving boxes longer than they have to? Follow the same timeline as described in the previous tip. While it may be tempting to start packing as early as possible, resist the urge and only get going once your move is more imminent.
You don’t get rid of unnecessary items
One of the biggest moving tips is that there’s no better time than during a move to boil down your personal belongings. The less you have to go, the better, plus there’s no use wasting time packing and unpacking the things that you’ll have to get rid of later on. Too often, we get caught up in wanting to make it quick and throw everything into a box instead of doing some organization and getting rid of things. In addition to being a waste of time, bringing along unnecessary items can make your move cost more in labor and fuel. You’ll be better of buying new items for your new space. Leave the old stuff behind!
Congrats! Moving from an apartment to your own home is an exciting experience for everyone involved. Having space to yourself, and usually MORE space, is a big step in anyone’s life. What you have in your apartment may not be needed in your new home, so before moving, you should be aware of what you are packing and what you may need once you’re settled in. Moving from apartment to apartment is different than from an apartment to a home.
Thoroughly Go Through Each Room
Before you begin to pack up any of your belongings, take a walk through your apartment to see what furniture and pieces you have. Chances are, you’re going to have more than one living area space to furnish once you’re moved in. Plan where you’ll put furniture, wall hangings, and other decorative pieces in the new house. If you want to start completely fresh, that’s fine. Many people sell or donate their furniture that they know won’t be used once moved.
Sort Through Shared Items
If you have been living in the apartment with a roommate or two, be sure to check with them on items you plan on taking or getting rid of. A lot of the time, homeware items such as coffee makers, utensils, and glassware are bought and split between roommates. Other belongings can get mixed up in each other’s stuff. Make sure you are taking what is yours, so no one comes looking for their special flower vase that they can’t live without!
Pack According to Rooms
When packing up your belongings, sort them into boxes based on where they will go in the new house. Take a house tour in your head and try to picture where you want certain furniture and home accessories. Items you had in a specific room in the apartment space may be going to a completely different type of room in your home. This is also a good time to get rid of smaller items you know you won’t need or use once you move. If you have roommates currently, try to offer them kitchenware and other universally used items if they aren’t needed for you.
Let Your Moving Services Know
Giving your moving team the address to your new place and letting them know it’s a house rather than another apartment is a nice heads up. This way, they’ll know the right way to move your belongings and prepare them for any materials they may need in the process and take different precautions. Some movers may already be aware based on the address, but it can’t hurt to let them know.
From apartments to houses, RARE Moving & Storage can provide moving services to make your move go as smooth as possible! Give us a call or fill out our contact form to get an estimate or to learn more about what we offer.
- How to Make Your Summer Move Go Smoothly
- Packing Clothes For a Move
- The Best Way To Pack Your Home
- Common Moving Mistakes to Avoid
- Moving from an Apartment to a House
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