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Don’t Fall Prey to the Elements – How to Prepare for a Cold Weather Move

Don’t Fall Prey to the Elements – How to Prepare for a Cold Weather Move

September 12, 2012 By King Relocation

 Don’t Fall Prey to the Elements – How to Prepare for a Cold Weather Move

The days are getting shorter, temperatures are starting to fall, and now is a great time to start planning for your fall or winter move!

There are many benefits of moving your business or residence during the fall and winter months. It is often more cost-effective since many moving companies offer special deals during these slower months, it is cooler and fewer people choose to move during the winter months so you have more flexibility when it comes to hiring resources to assist with your move.

However, despite these benefits, one of the biggest concerns for fall and winter moves is the weather. While weather conditions in most parts of the U.S. remain mild through October, the Southeast can suffer from frequent and damaging hurricanes and tropical storms, while the Pacific Northwest and mountainous regions experience torrential rains and thunderstorms. The months of November and December bring snow, sleet and rain throughout much of the U.S.

Regardless of whether you are moving your office or home, here are some tips that will help you prepare for your fall or winter move:

1) Don’t get left out in the cold. Check with your real estate agent, landlord or property manager in advance to make sure that your office or home is ready for you to move in on your designated moving day. There is nothing worse than having to delay your move and find temporary storage for your belongings because your new office or home is not available for occupancy.

2) Fire up the utilities. Lighting, heat (especially during colder months) and water should be fully functioning prior to moving into a new office space or residence. Contact your electricity and water providers a few days in advance of your move to confirm that all utilities are turned on and working.

3) Clear the way. Avoid delays on your moving day by conducting a site visit a day or so in advance to ensure that all walkways and entrances into your new office or residence are clear for your move. They must be dry, free of snow, and easily accessible by you and/or your movers. If you are unable to check these areas prior to your move, ask your real estate agent, landlord or property manager to check them for you.

4) Make room for your moving truck. Prior to your moving day, also check to make sure that there is room outside your new office building or residence to park the moving truck. In some cases, you may have to negotiate a parking space for your moving truck with your neighbors, your landlord, or your property manager. Also, don’t forget to make sure that the designated spot is clear of other vehicles and any snow or ice that would prevent the moving truck from parking there.

5) Protect your property. If you are expecting wet weather on your moving day, use large pieces of cardboard or plastic sheeting to protect high traffic walkways in your office or residence. This will ensure that water, snow or dirt does not end up on your floors and carpets. If your floors can withstand heavy-duty tape, it is a good idea to tape the cardboard and plastic sheeting to the floor.  Also, take steps to protect your furniture, lamps, large rugs, computers, files, artwork, and any other valuable or important items from getting wet or damaged by covering them with plastic sheeting or heavy duty cardboard.

6) Prepare for the worst. Keep salt and shovels on hand, especially if you are relocating in an area that is likely to experience snowfall and/or icing. Monitor changing weather patterns throughout your move by listening to radio and TV weather forecasts, or by for real-time updates. Be prepared to adjust your move based on these changing weather conditions. Also make sure that the roads and highways you will be traveling on during your move will be open and offer safe passage. Check with local authorities for regular updates, and be prepared to find overnight accommodations in case you need to stop during a long distance move. Bring all emergency phone numbers with you in your vehicle, including roadside assistance, highway patrol and the number for your moving company. Also, provide someone who is not moving with you, a copy of your travel itinerary, and check in with him or her at regular intervals so that they know your location, and when you are expected to arrive at your destination.

7) Stay warm. Make sure to have hot liquids like coffee, hot chocolate and tea on hand throughout your entire move. It is also a good idea to keep mittens, gloves, hats, scarves and jackets handy to keep warm.

8) Have a back-up plan. It is always good to have a plan in place in case a winter storm or inclement weather derails your business or residential move. If you have hired a moving company, check with them regarding their policies concerning winter moves. Some movers may not be willing to postpone a move based on weather conditions. If your move must be postponed, check with your real estate agent, landlord or property manager to make sure it is feasible to stay at your current location a few more days. If this is not possible, you will need to arrange for short-term accommodations for yourself and temporary storage for your belongings.

Our best piece of advice for any fall or winter move, whether you are moving your office or residence is to plan ahead! The King Companies can help, and we hope that you will consider us as a partner in your upcoming relocation.

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