5 Steps for an Easy Winter Move

Making the big move to a new home is hard enough, but when you add snow to the scenario, it only becomes more difficult and stressful. While the winter season in Ottawa might not provide the best conditions for making a move, the circumstances surrounding our plans might not leave much of a choice.

Moving in the winter can be much more challenging that a typical summertime move, but there are ways that you can reduce the hurdles and make operations run smoothly.

Pack Winter Items in an Easy-to-Access Box

Once you finally move the box into your new home, the last thing that you want to realize is that winter essentials like boots and mitts are lost in the sea of boxes. This is especially important if you have children. In order to avoid this scenario, pack winter clothes and outerwear in an easy-to-access box or suitcase. Place it last when you start loading your car or moving truck so that it stays on top of the pile. You can also opt to use a transparent container to make it easier to find among the other boxes.

Make Arrangements with Your Real Estate Agent

Before you pack your boxes and hit the road, you might want to contact your real estate agent first to confirm that the closing is moving ahead as planned and that it is not delayed. This way, you can be sure that your new house will be ready to take you in on the big day.

Start Before the Sun Shines

The winter condition might make your move a lot slower than a typical move. You don’t want to spend hours just preparing your stuff to find yourself on a dark, snowy road at the end of the day. Make sure you start your move early and pack things in advance so once you get in your car, you can arrive at your destination before nightfall.

Keep a Winter Kit in Your Trunk

You never know what to expect on the road ahead. The last thing you want is to find yourself stuck in thick snow. Make sure you keep a winter kit in your truck consisting of a flashlight, shovel, water, food, gloves, a blanket, and a phone charger just to make sure you’re safe.

Hire Movers

Can you imagine moving an entire household from point A to point B with nothing more than yourself and a pick-up truck? Things can get frosty, so you want to make as few trips as possible. Make sure you hire movers to help you with your winter move to save yourself the time and trouble of a DIY move.

The Geoff & Bobbie team have been providing expert advice to Ottawa home buyers and sellers for years. If you would like any further information about simplifying your winter move, get in touch and we’d be happy to help!