Moving during the late fall and winter is not easy. It takes a stressful experience and adds a handful of new and unique challenges to the equation. This is true whether you’re an individual moving from house to house or a business moving locations.
Now, you may think that moving during the winter in Florida is no big deal. This isn’t exactly true. It is certainly less challenging than moving during the winter in, say, Boston. Still, there are factors you need to consider and plan for to ensure a smooth move.
We have put together our top five tips for moving in the colder months. Read on to learn what they are and how you can start implementing them today. Don’t forget to contact us today for a fast and free online quote if you want a little help making the moving process easier!
Start Early in the Day
Whether you’re moving in the snow crowded streets of New York or the sunny avenues of Florida, make sure to start early in the day. This will give you more sunlight and safe hours if you’re moving in inclement weather. If you’re moving in Florida, starting early will give you a chance to avoid congested roads and busy areas.
It is important to pack everything the night before in order to start early in the day. Don’t think you can pack during the first few hours of the day and then move. You will end up wasting precious time.
Be Prepared for Snow
This tip is more for our northern neighbors than those moving in South Florida. Who knows, though, it may snow once again in Miami.
Being prepared for snow means a few different things. First, make sure to shovel your driveway, sidewalks, and a path from your house to the moving vehicle. Then keep a close eye on these paths to make sure they stay clear of snow. Finally, sprinkle some salt over everything to keep ice from forming.
Think About Both Houses
A common mistake that families make when moving is to only prepare the house they’re moving from. They don’t give much thought of planning on how to take care of the house they’re moving to.
In the snow and cold, this means making sure to lay down a protective layer over the floors. In Florida, this means making sure all utilities are turned on at the new house.
Rain, Rain, and More Rain
This tip is for our Florida friends only: don’t underestimate the power of the rain. Much like individuals and businesses in the north prepare for snow, we need to prepare for the rain.
This can take many different forms, but a few smart ideas include: waterproofing your boxes, making sure the moving vehicle is parked somewhere dry, and keeping an eye on large puddles forming between either house and the moving vehicle.
The Busy Season
This is another tip for Floridians only: plan for your winter move being right in the middle of the busy season. While the streets may be empty around the rest of the country, they’re going to be packed here in South Florida. Remember to start moving early in the day, which will help minimize your time in busy traffic.
Make sure check out these packing tips and remember to call us today for all your moving needs!