What If You’re Moving In the Winter?
We tend to think of spring and summer as popular months to move, but what if you’ve chosen to move in the winter? There are plenty of reasons to buy while the weather outside is (possibly) frightful. Winter isn’t most people’s first choice of a time to move, so this opens up a host of benefits to you as a homebuyer who isn’t afraid to brave the cold. You may be able to get a great deal on a new home, as the market isn’t as flooded with buyers. You may also be able to negotiate a better rate with movers or truck rental companies because it’s their less busy season. Finally, you’ll pretty much have your pick of moving dates, as closing companies’ and movers’ calendars aren’t jam packed during the winter. Here are some tips on the best ways to move safely and successfully in the winter:
- Turn on the heat and lights prior to moving. The last thing you want is to spend your first night in your new home with your teeth chattering. Make sure your utilities are all fully functional before moving in. You may want to turn on your heat ahead of time so that your house can be warm by the time you’re ready to start hauling in furniture and boxes.
- Keep the walkways clean. You don’t want to find out about the small ice rink that conveyed with your new home (a.k.a. your sidewalk) when you’re carrying a box of fine china. If you’re making a move locally and the weather has been bad in your area, check out driveways and sidewalks the day before to ensure they’re properly cleared and prepped with sand and salt. If you’re moving a longer distance, have your agent or property manager check things out for you. Make sure there’s enough space cleared to park your vehicles and the moving truck.
- Be prepared with winter supplies and goodies. Stock up on sand, salt, shovels and other necessities to make sure you don’t have to run out for more supplies or compromise safety in the middle of your move. Keep hot drinks on hand for movers and any guests helping you move. Have some extra hats, gloves and scarves on hand in case anyone wasn’t well prepared for the cold.
- Check the forecast. Leading up to your move and on moving day, keep your eye on the forecast. If the forecast includes severe bad weather, stay in close contact with your moving company to know what their inclement weather polices are and have a backup plan.
- Prepare your vehicle. Get your oil changed, top off your fluids and have your breaks checked prior to moving day. Stock your car with a shovel, windshield fluid, salt, cat litter, bottled water and an emergency blanket. In your car, keep a copy of all the phone numbers you might need, including roadside assistance, highway patrol and emergency contacts. Have a copy of your moving plan with a friend (who isn’t moving with you) and plan to check in at a certain time to ensure everything is going smoothly.
While the weather in Western Prince William County and beyond has been mild thus far, it’s always good to be prepared. If you would like more tips on moving during the winter or other seasons, contact us. We’d be happy to offer some advice based on our extensive experience!
Chris Colgan is the CEO and Team Leader of the Chris Colgan Real Estate Team. Chris was born and raised in Gainesville, Virginia and has been in real estate for 10 years. He is a member of the Re/Max Hall of Fame and is in the top 25 for sales in the state of Virginia out of all Re/Max agents. He has been recognized as one of the United States’ and Canada’s Top 500 Marketing Experts by the National Association of Expert Advisors.