In real estate, there is a certain stigma attached to buying, selling, and moving in the winter. However, moving in the heart of winter, while it may not sound appealing, is not all bad! It is actually quite doable and, just like summer, has its perks. Truck and trailer rentals tend to be less costly and more available in the winter months. Moving companies and contractors are also a bit easier to schedule when temperatures are low and business is slow. While it can be daunting, relocating in the winter is nothing to lose sleep over. Read on for some pro tips and tricks to make your winter move a breeze!


1. Set up Utilities

Put transferring utility services into your name at the top of your to-do list. You don't want to get to your new house with all your helpers and open the door to a dark, frigid home. Even worse, you don't want to spend the first night of your home without heat or power. Most companies will let you schedule service start dates. Plan ahead as much as possible to make moving day easier.


2. Prep Both Homes

If snow and ice are an issue, get out there and shovel before you start moving. Clear walkways to both the old home and the new home. Floor protection tape can be purchased online and at most hardware stores. It is an awesome tool for protecting your floor from water and debris. Create a pathway to each room with it. Do not leave one single thing to pack on moving day. Have everything 100% ready to go. To make things even easier, have everything in the old home ready to go by the door so you can just grab and load!

Bonus Tip: If snow or rain is expected and time allows, consider fashioning a shelter over the path inside. Tarps and moisture-proof canopies are perfect for keeping your movers and their path dry(ish).

3. Have Towels Handy

If it begins storming mid-move, make use of old towels or sheets. If you're carrying in an antique dresser (or anything, really!) you can toss a towel or sheet over it to protect it from moister. You may also want to dry your hands or shoes periodically. Tarps can be useful too, if you have an open-bed truck. It may not be glamorous or even ideal, but it really can prevent moisture damage.

4. Protect Electronics and Glass

Exposing electronics and fragile items to extreme colds or temperature changes is not good for their health. Protect fragile items from the cold. Consider packing these things extra carefully and transporting them in a car rather than truck bed or trailer. In addition, be sure to move these breakable items inside first.

5. Show Your Helpers Love

Wow! Friends who are willing to help you move in the cold of winter are extra special. Show them how grateful! Have gloves, hats, and hand warmers ready for them. It's also not a bad idea to keep some hot chocolate or coffee inside for when they need a break. If you have hired professional movers, you might tip them a little extra to show your appreciation. 

If circumstances call for a winter move, don't panic. As long as you are flexible, prepared, and a little open-minded, you will be more than okay! Stay organized and stay prepared. Most importantly, keep smiling. If you are considering buying, selling, or renting a home in the winter, don't hesitate to give us a call. Our team is always happy to hear from you!