Friday, December 14, 2012

The 5 Best Tips for Moving in the Winter

Summer may be the most popular moving season, but this winter, homeowners and buyers are rushing to take advantage of record-low mortgage rates. Reuters reports that last week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association, loan requests for home purchases reached a new high for the year, while fixed 30-year mortgage rates dropped to an all-time low. For those who’ve managed to sell during the recovering market and are preparing to move during the winter, you’re in luck: We asked our friends at to share their checklist of the best tips for moving in the winter, so you'll be ready to move no matter how frightful the weather is outside.

There are definitely advantages to moving in the winter. Your move will likely be cheaper and easier to book, as fewer people relocate during this time. Plus, if you have kids, they won't have to wait months for their new school to start before they can make new friends. But sometimes, those upsides can seem trivial in the face of moving during the coldest time of the year. Luckily, we have some tips for you on how to brave a winter move and the unexpected, frosty complications that may arise.

Bookmark a Weather Website
In the days leading up to your relocation, make sure you're checking or another credible weather website frequently. If you have a good idea of what the weather will be the day of your move, it will cut down on your stress level. Stay in communication with your moving company about the weather especially if the forecast threatens to pose a challenge.

Get Out the Shovels
If it's snowed recently, make sure to clear the pathways and sidewalks so the movers (or you, if you're doing your own move) will have easy access to your boxes. Keep items like a snow blower, shovel and salt easily-accessible, in case you need to redouble efforts to keep walkways clear on moving day.

Prepare Your Vehicle
As you're worrying about transporting all your belongings to a new home, the last thing you'll want to deal with is trouble with your car. So, make sure you have your car checked and winterized. This means having all fluids filled and keeping anti-freeze and other essentials on hand. Also, remember to keep your gas tank filled: It's easier for the gasoline in your tank to freeze if there's less of it, so watch that your gas level doesn't dip below a half tank when it gets really cold.

Make a List of Emergency Contacts
Keep a list of the numbers you'll need in case you run into any trouble on the road. This is especially necessary if you know ahead of time that you'll be traveling during inclement weather. Your emergency contacts should include numbers for highway patrol, roadside assistance and weather and highway condition reports.

Check the Utilities in Your New House
Having working heat will never be as important as it is that first night you spend in the new place. Double check that you have called the new utilities companies to take care of heat, electricity and water ahead of time.

Alyssa Howard is both a writer and the content manager for Alyssa graduated from Northwestern University, a top-ranked journalism school, and has also written for Cincy Chic and TheLaw.TV. Her favorite part of moving is the first night spent in the new bed in a new house.


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Jennifer Mckingley said...

I love reading this article. It has given me ideas and helping me decide whether or not to move this winter. Thanks.