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8 Winter Moving Tips

You may be able to save more money while braving the cold and have more flexibility with moving dates and times. Help prepare for the cold temperatures by reading these winter moving tips for a more efficient and less stressful move.

1. Watch the weather forecast

Similar to winter driving, check the weather forecast before you move. Plan for a backup day in case there’s an unexpected winter storm and you need to reschedule. If the weather is too treacherous, speak to your movers and real estate agent about what to do. If a light snowfall is scheduled, continue with the move but be prepared to dress for the weather and make sure your car is properly equipped to handle the winter elements.

2. Utilities

Before you move, make sure you know if heat, lights and hydro will be available at your new place. While this should be done before any move, it’s important for winter because you don’t want to walk into a cold home or stumble around in the dark at your new place. This can help provide peace of mind and less worry, knowing it’s already been taken care of.

3. Start early

With less daylight around this time of year, it’s a good idea to start your move early to have more light and be able to see well. If your move does get slightly delayed, have flashlights ready to use. For your safety, it’s best not to move in the dark as injuries can happen and valuables can get broken.

4. Allow extra commuting time

Winter driving woes can strike at any moment. Give yourself extra time to get to your destination and adapt to the road conditions. Drive extra slowly if you are moving your personal belongings. Also, leave a greater following distance and be prepared for any icy roads.

5. Pack it up

When preparing to move, it’s essential to wrap fragile items extra carefully. Hot weather can sometimes damage items, but so can colder temperatures. For instance, glassware can break in the cold when it reacts to temperature drops. Provide extra protection, by wrapping them in bubble wrap. Electronic devices can also become sensitive to the cold. Pack them gently and if you are planning to move by car, turn on the heat.

6. Clear path

If you are moving into a new home during winter, you may have to clear the snow off your new property. If you live close to your new home, you can always drop by earlier to check if any snow needs to be cleared or if salt needs to be sprinkled on slippery paths. Come prepared with shovels if any last minute snow removal does need to be done.

7. Keep the floors clean

One disadvantage of moving in winter is having to deal with snow, ice and slush. Getting your new floors dirty isn’t ideal and is something most homeowners don’t want to deal with right away. There are several ways you can help protect the inside space of your home while you move boxes in and out of your home during winter. You can use cardboard, plastic sheeting, tarps or towels to help limit cleanup duties.

8. Treat yourself and others

Reward yourself and any movers with a warm cup of hot cocoa, cider or coffee for a job well done and to chase the winter chill away. The movers will appreciate the kind gesture and the delicious beverage on hand.

If you haven’t notified your insurance company on the new address yet, do so as soon as possible. Help protect your new home and your belongings with an updated home insurance policy. Desjardins has a wide variety of home insurance policies tailored to your needs. For more information, contact one of our licensed insurance advisors and get a quote.

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