The prospect of moving from one home to another is daunting. But moving during winter can sometimes turn the relocation into a living hell. Have you ever wondered why prices go down from November till spring? Yes, business is slow in the winter, but there are strong reasons why people avoid relocating their home when the rates are most affordable. Every time of the year has its pros and cons, but as for winter, the only bright side is the discount you can get. If you don’t mind possible delays, accidents and freezing temperatures, seize the opportunity to move your household on a budget. But make sure you know what to expect if you opt for a winter move. If you don’t, we’ll clarify the situation for you.
Icy roads and snowy streets
Snowbound streets and icy roads are a challenge even for the most experienced truck drivers. Depending on the conditions on the road, they may easily ask you to reschedule the move if the weather is too harsh, especially if you’re moving long distance and they need to spend long hours and sleepless nights on the road. Even if your move is a local one, minor streets can be blocked by snow. With freezing temperatures, there are layers of snow that turn into minor icebergs, rocky and slippery. Even the most experienced drivers can get trapped while trying to position their vehicle under these conditions.
Accidents and damaged goods
Unfortunately, when the surface gets slippery, accidents can happen in your own front yard. Sub-zero temperatures can turn your driveway into an ice rink. Movers may lose their footing while carrying your household items to the moving vehicle.
The simple acts of loading and unloading can turn into a challenging task. In addition to nasty falls, you can expect possible wreckage of your fragile belongings. To avoid these, salt your driveways and sidewalks and clear them of snow. That’s one of the disadvantages of moving during winter. You need to put in extra effort to keep everyone safe and sound.
Extra costs for climate-controlled trucks and storage
If you believe you have saved money by moving during winter, think again. In order to keep your sensitive belongings dry and warm, you might need to pay extra for climate-controlled trucks and storage units. If you haven’t planned on renting state-of-the-art storage facilities, your winter move will compel you to do so. Freezing temperatures may damage some of the delicate items from your home and storing them in damp premises is out of the question. That’s why you need to invest into climate-controlled units you wouldn’t consider otherwise.
Can you imagine a mixture of snow and mud melting on your floors? Movers have to go in and out of the house many times to take out boxes and furniture. And what about the brand new flooring in your new home? That is, unless you’re relocating far to the Sunshine State, where it rarely snows in the winter. There’s no need to worry about melting snow on your new floors should you decide to move to FL. But if you’re relocating anywhere up north, you need to invest into floor protection products. And that’s another extra cost that goes hand in hand with a winter move. When you count everything in, ask yourself whether the discount on the moving price really pays off.
Moving during winter may last longer than usual
If you’re on a tight schedule, you should know that moving during winter can take more time than usual. This is an important aspect to consider if you’re relocating your office. As business cannot wait, any delay can cost you dearly.
And delays are common in the winter. In addition to harsh weather, it gets dark at 4.30 PM, which is not an ideal situation for movers. They will try to do as much as they can during the day, which means that the move may prolong to two days or more. Ice and darkness pose a substantial risk, even if the movers you have engaged are highly skilled and experienced.
The holiday season is not an ideal time for relocation
From Thanksgiving to Christmas and the New Year, the beginning of the winter season is marked by holidays. With so much planning and preparation, moving can prove to be the final stroke. It’s too much to take on. Instead of wining and dining with your loved ones, you are supposed to pack, unpack, salt driveways and clean sidewalks.
Moving in the winter could ruin the holiday season
Christmas cookies, an apple and branches of a Christmas tree.
In addition, many stores and companies shorten their working time and you may easily end up stranded. Not to mention busy streets and shopping malls that add to the overall stress. You might as well avoid unnecessary stress and enjoy the holiday season with your family.
Children have to move in the middle of the school year
If you have kids, much of the planning depends on their needs and schedule. Should you decide to move in the winter, you will interrupt the school year. This way they will have to adapt to the new surroundings more quickly and it may be hard on them.
When you take everything into consideration, there are more downsides than upsides to a winter move. Freezing temperatures, delays, dangerous roads – all these make relocation much more difficult than usual. If you are still willing to take your chances, go ahead. At least you’ll be able to negotiate the price and get extra attention from your movers. But prepare for the adventure in advance!