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Moving in winter – how to survive?

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Moving in winter

If moving in winter doesn’t sound ideal to you, we don’t blame you. It’s the holiday season and the days are short and dark. And it gets cold—really, really cold. But let’s clear it up once and for all. Moving in winter is not a terrible idea. Because most companies have winter rates and summer rates, you can benefit from a simple supply and demand situation. Everybody is moving in the summer, so you will find a few discounts available. In the cold months, it’s a lot more competitive. When you book a winter move, you’ll likely get a better deal and the ability to pick your dates. So, you see, there are a few very good reasons to get those coats and boots ready and start getting boxes. Or better yet, getting local movers Hamilton to haul boxes for you. If you have any control over your moving schedule, you might want to choose precisely this season. Here’s why.

Moving in winter will save you money

Moving season peaks in the summer then start to die down in the fall, when the back-to-school season begins. By winter, the number of moves is very low. The busy time is ending in September, so discounts really start to pop with movers Brantford. As we get closer to December, prices continue to drop. Moving in winter is especially affordable during the months of January and February. The prices start to rise slowly in March, and the busy season is at full charge by the end of April. So, why not take advantage of this opportunity to move in winter?

Moving in winter forest
In the winter, it gets dark as early as 4:30, so take that into consideration when planning your move.

Storage renting prices drop in the winter too

Storage facilities’ flow typically drops in winter, so you can take advantage of the best prices and the best promotions of the year. To boost your storage unit discount potential further, schedule your move for a weekday. Even toward the middle of the month. That’s when moving companies are generally the least busy.

Moving in winter means less competition

If you live in an urban area, moving during the high season can be a real challenge. In the summer, there are often several customers moving in and out on a given day of the week. That’s why you’ll find yourself having to maneuver past a few different moving trucks. But if you choose to move in the winter, you won’t be vying for the movers’ attention. You’ll have all the freedom to schedule your move when you want. Even if that means at the last minute.

Moving in winter means safety for your belongings

Most of the US can reach scorching temperatures in the summer. But the outside temperatures are nothing compared to the temperatures inside a moving truck or your car. You will be able to drastically lower your risk of ruining everything you own by packing in a colder climate. Because one sweaty slip-up could mean goodbye to your fragile record collection or a valuable oil painting. And slip-ups happen—and we can attest to that.

Storage facility
If you’re downsizing or need to store your items between moves, renting a storage unit is likely to be cheaper in the winter, too.

Anticipate delays!

When it comes to moving in winter, one advantage that the summer holds is the extra hours of daylight. With fewer daylight hours, a move that you expect to take one day might take two. Be sure to keep your expectations in check. You should even try to stay flexible if the move needs to be rescheduled altogether because of unpredictable or really bad weather.

Stay organized during your winter move by following these steps:

  • Confirm all the details of your relocation with your movers.

Moving in winter is pretty smart. Winter is the off-season for moving companies, so you should have a wider range of dates available to choose from. Just remember to check in with your movers on a regular basis. Once a week before the move, and the second time a day or two before the move will be just fine. This is important because the weather in winter can be unpredictable.

  • Keep checking the weather.

Speaking of weather, keep a close eye on it. Check it every week that leads up to the move, and then every day the week of the move. If you believe the weather will shut down roads or hinder your movers, call your Number 1 Movers and express your concern. It’s better to delay the relocation than getting caught in a blizzard.

  • Cover your floors.

Protect your carpet and hardwood floors while people are tromping over them. Get a couple of cheap plastic tarps from the nearest hardware store, and lay floor mats down at every outside door.

  •  Turn the heat off.

Think about it: if you have people keeping the doors open all day, your furnace will be melting dollars struggling to heat the house! If you turn the heat off for the day, you will save on that electric bill.

  • Clear the sidewalks, driveways, and streets.

Make sure to salt, shovel, or snow blow any major walkways that the movers will be using so they can walk safely with your belongings.

  • Keep winter essentials with you.

Remember to keep your extra clothing layers, coats, snow boots, hats, gloves, scarves, and a handful of cozy quilts with you in the car. Don’t have them loaded on the truck instead. Brrrrr!

Boxes and packing tape
Electronic devices really do not go well with cold weather. 

Make sure you’re relying on true professionals!

In cold conditions, experience makes all the difference. And that’s where we at Number 1 Movers set ourselves apart from the crowd. We provide our movers with professional training in order to teach our teams how to do their job safely and efficiently in any type of condition. Moving in winter isn’t cheap, but hiring a professional company with a reliable, experienced team is not where you should try to cut costs. Contact us and book trained movers with plenty of experience who know how to navigate a winter move safely for the best possible outcome.