Preparing yourself for a successful winter move
December 01, 2016 / Tips and tricks
Though most people prefer to move during the summer - thanks to the warm weather and flexible schedules - some folks opt for winter to relocate. By the end of the year, you're out of peak season, and that can translate to lower costs overall. However, with the benefits of winter come a few key challenges.
If you're making a move this winter, pay heed to this handy primer:
"Epsom salt can reduce slips and other accidents during a move."
Beware of the weather
Weather is a concern during any move, but winter can be more unpredictable than other seasons. Mostly, though, you have to contend with cold temperatures; in 2016, parts of the Northeast are expecting below-average cold snaps for much of the winter, according to the National Weather Service.
This cold isn't just unpleasant to move in, but the resulting ice can cause slippery walkways that can lead to injury. So, be sure to dress in plenty of layers, and rely on warm liquids to keep you going. As for the walkways, This Old House suggests a thorough application of Epsom salt, which can break down the ice crystals and reduce slips and other accidents.
Winter-proof your vehicle
It's not just iced-over walkways that are a concern come wintertime. The cold conditions also affect the roads and highways, and whether you're driving down the street or cross country, these conditions can be problematic. According to AAA, there are several important steps to take to ensure safe travels during your winter move. It all begins with ensuring your car is prepared, which means keeping your gas tank half full, avoiding the use of cruise control and, in especially icy conditions, using snow tires accordingly.
However, how you drive is just as vital to your safety. Make sure you're mentally prepared to drive and that you have directions available ahead of time to prevent distractions.
Check on your new home
While safety during the drive and move-in process are essential, there's another way winter can impact your big move: by affecting the structure of your new house. Inspections are an essential part of any move, but these can be difficult given the weather and freezing temperatures of the winter months. It's especially challenging as November through late March can have a number of profound effects on a house. These include issues with frozen pipes, which can result in a costly inconvenience.
When checking a house's status before your move-in, Property Casualty 360 said to be mindful of a few key warning signs, namely odors from drains, sounds from the interior and damp drywall.
Moving in the winter can be a snap, if you happen to have the right support. Atlas Van Lines can help address many of the concerns of your move-in, reducing the risk of injury and promoting proper safety. Plus, working with Atlas gives you access to AAA discounts on everything from storage to vehicle rentals.
Having less on your plate means you can focus on settling into your new home and enjoying the winter wonderland outdoors.
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