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Get Your New Home Ready for the Cold Weather Move

Before moving day, it's a good idea to check with the real estate agent or the rental property manager of your new home to ensure the place is ready for you on moving day.

  1. Make sure you have heat and lights. This is a task you don't want to forget to do. You should ensure that all utilities have been set-up and are fully functioning. I suggest having the heat turned on a couple of days before your arrival just to make sure everything is functioning and that the house is warm for the day you move in. While this is true for anytime that you move, regardless of the season, it's even more important when the cold winds are blowing and the days are much shorter and darker.

2 Clear the snow from walkways. Make sure the path and driveway are clear in front of your new home. If you're moving locally, it's a good idea to visit your new place the day before the move in date to make sure the walkways are clear and free of ice. If needed, salt or sand the area. If you're moving to another town or city and can't visit your new home prior to the move-in date, have your agent or property manager check the area for you.

3         Check that parking area and/or lane-ways are clear. Regardless of what time of year you move, you should always ensure there's parking available for the moving van. This may mean negotiating with your new neighbours, or hiring someone (or doing it yourself) to clear the back lane-way or driveway of snow.

Prepare Your Old Home for Moving Out

  1. Clear snow. Make sure path and driveways are free of snow. Use salt or sand to ensure areas are free of icy and slippery conditions. Parking area should also be cleared with ample room for movers to use dollies. Check the area first thing on moving day just in case it snowed overnight or that conditions changed.
  2. Protect inside space. Use large pieces of cardboard or plastic sheeting to ensure high traffic areas are protected from snow, sand and water. If your floors can withstand heavy duty tape (test in a corner spot first), tape plastic sheets to the floor. Cardboard works best for carpeted areas as small tacks can be used to secure it to the floor. Experiment first before Cahills Removals arrive.
  3. Keep sand/salt and shovels on hand. It's a good idea to stock up on winter supplies just in case. Throughout the move, you should be monitoring conditions and acting on any changes as needed.
  4. Have hot drinks on hand.  Make sure you have hot liquids available. Hot chocolate, tea and coffee will be most welcomed by everyone who's helping with your move. Extra mittens and hats are a good idea, too.
  5. Keep an eye on the weather. While this seems like common sense, on moving day you'll be so wrapped up in the move that you may forget that conditions might change. Check the weather well in advance of moving day, then follow it closely right up until the movers arrive. If there's a possibility of inclement weather, keep the radio on during the move to ensure you're receiving the latest updates.

  1. Have a back-up plan. If a winter storm is threatening your move, make sure you have a back-up plan in case you need to reschedule your move. If you've hired Cahills Removals, talk to us to see what our policy is in terms of winter conditions. Some movers are used to winter weather and may not be willing to postpone the move. If the movers do want to postpone, make sure you speak to your real estate agent or landlord to see if you can stay a few extra days. Typically, if you're not able to move out, no one is able to move in, either. But arrange this ahead of time. If you can't negotiate extra days, speak to Cahills Removals about your options. We may be able to still pick up your things, but not deliver them to your new home. If this is the case, you'll need short-term accommodation.

Friday, 14th October 2016


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