Four Tips To Remember Before Moving This Winter

Family packing their car as they move to a new home in the winter.

The winter months are among the most difficult for those moving into a new home. The harsh weather and limited daylight are only a few of the many factors that can add stress to your experience. But with careful planning and the right strategies, your winter move can be as smooth as a fresh layer of snow. Follow our top four tips for moving this winter, provided by Prestige Storage, so you can have a space to be ready for whatever may come your way.

Tip #1: Pack Wisely for the Weather Ahead

Winter weather can be unpredictable, with snow and rain posing potential threats to your belongings. While there is no guarantee you’ll encounter water damage during your move, investing in waterproof boxes or plastic containers can make all the difference in the world if you do.

Whether you use a moving company or haul your items yourself, winter road conditions can make for a bumpy and potentially destructive ride. So be sure to use sturdy packing materials to prevent breakage while on the road and during your loading and unloading process.

Tip #2: Make Sure Your New Home is Ready Upon Arrival

Unlike spring and summer when the weather is comfortable, having a working heater is essential if you move in the winter. At least a week before your move, make sure all your essential utilities are set up and working, including:

  • Electricity
  • Gas
  • Water

Once all your services are established, set the thermostat at a comfortable temperature in your current and new home to make the transition more seamless. Clear your driveways and walkways of snow and ice to prevent accidents and facilitate the moving process, and lay down protective coverings on floors to shield them from snow, mud, and salt. This not only preserves the cleanliness of your new space but also minimizes stress and the risk of slipping during the move-in process.

Tip #3: Prepare Your Pet for Winter Moving

Moving can be stressful for pets, and winter conditions can amplify their discomfort. To make the experience more comfortable for your furry friend, consider these pet-friendly tips:

  • Visit the vet. Schedule a pre-move vet visit to ensure your pet is healthy and up-to-date on vaccinations.
  • Keep them warm. Pack a pet kit with their essentials, including blankets, toys, and enough food. Ensure they have a warm and secure space during transport.
  • Plan breaks. If the journey is long, plan breaks to allow your pet to stretch their legs, relieve themselves, and adjust to the new environment gradually.
  • Prioritize familiarity. Set up a designated space in your new home with their familiar items to help them acclimate quickly.

Tip #4: Have a Backup Plan if Your Move is Delayed

You’re likely to experience at least one unexpected delay when you move in the winter months. From snowstorms to unsalted roads and unexpected auto repairs, a contingency plan is the best way to keep your moving schedule flexible. This is where self-storage from Prestige Storage can make all the difference.

Get Reliable Winter Storage With Prestige Storage

Winter moving and storage go hand in hand with our climate-controlled storage units. These temperature-regulated spaces shelter your belongings from the elements and are available with drive-up access to give you the easiest storage experience possible in the winter months. With many sizes to choose from and month-to-month rental options, you can keep all your belongings in an ideal temperature range to preserve their quality, no matter the weather outside.

Find a Prestige Storage facility near you to get the space you need to make your winter move with confidence today.

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