PRLog - Dec. 14, 2010 - BOSTON -- Despite logistical challenges posed by snow and ice, winter can be the best time of year to get a deal on a new house or apartment – simply because people are less inclined to purchase or rent a new place when the temperatures drop. Also, moving companies may lower their rates in the colder months to attract more business.
Snow, ice, and cold temperatures present obvious, logistical challenges; but, with careful planning, your move can still go smoothly. If you are driving the moving truck, make sure to heed these instructions.
Check the forecast – Go to weather.com to see exactly what conditions you will be facing along your route. Plan ample time for rental of the truck to ensure you aren’t rushing to reach your destination.
Take it slow – Larger vehicles require more time to slow down, so take this into account, especially on icy, snowy roads. Be extra cautious as hitting a patch of black ice or braking on a slippery road at a high speed can cause you and your belongings to slide off the road.
Shovel walkways – This is kind of a no-brainer, but when the big day actually arrives, many people – in their excitement - forget to clear walkways of anything that could be tracked into the house or that could be slipped on.
Consider which of your belongings are sensitive to temperature – Plants, food, and materials that expand or contract with extreme temperature shifts should not be stored overnight in a moving truck. They could become permanently damaged.
Dress in layers on moving day – Overheating AND underdressing both present health risk. Make sure to dress in breathable (cotton or wool) layers that can be added and removed during moving.
Protect your floors – In both your new house and your old house, put old blankets or rugs over the floors to prevent damage from ice, snow, and salt being tracked into the house during the numerous trips between the house and the moving truck.
Know your new gas/oil heating company – In the event that you arrive at your new residence and the heat doesn’t work, make sure to have the phone number of your new utilities company handy so you can call them immediately.
Appreciate your helpers – Finally, appreciate your friends and family members helping you out during the move. Have hot beverages and snack on hand to keep them sustained throughout the move.
To save yourself a lot of the headaches mentioned above during a winter move, you could use a full-service moving company like Gentle Giant Moving Company that offers packing and unpacking services, as well as storage for your belongings. Any way you choose, good luck!
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