Moving apartments is tough enough, but doing it in the winter can make for a tedious process. Even after you’ve evaluated apartment ratings, found the perfect new home, and boxed up all of your possessions, you still have a long way to go before you’re settled into your new home. The good news is that moving in the winter is cheaper, since it is the moving industry’s off-season. But apart from the low price, moving in the winter can be a pain. With these tips, however, neither rain nor snow will keep your winter move from being a success.
1. Wear the Right Gear
It doesn’t matter how strong or sure-footed you are—one lurking patch of ice is enough to take even the sturdiest mover down. To guard against any slipping and sliding, don work gloves with rubberized palms and/or fingers, as well as weather-resistant shoes with soles that have plenty of traction.
2. Set up Utilities Ahead of Time
There’s nothing worse than arriving at your new home after a long moving day, only to find it freezing. Call ahead before your move-in date to set up activation of your utilities. Your frozen toes will thank you.
3. Prepare for the Drive
When the weather outside is icy, driving a rental moving truck can be downright perilous, so take extra safety precautions if embarking on a DIY move. Check weather conditions before you set out, and stock the truck with an ice scraper, blankets, bottled water, snacks, a first aid kit, flashlight, and road flares. Depending on where you’re headed, you might also need tire chains, which you’ll have to get separately from the rental truck. Make sure your cell phone is fully charged before setting out.
Remember to go slower than you would in a normal car when driving a moving truck, and leave more space in front of you and the next car so you have plenty of room to come to a stop. You should also keep your gas tank full, since a half-empty tank can lead to water condensation in the fuel line.
5. Unpack Carefully
The cold can make china, glassware, and other fragile items extra brittle. When unpacking, it’s best to let your breakables sit for a while until they become room temperature again.
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