Top Tips for a Winter Move (Part 2)

As you discovered in our previous blog, winter is the hardest time for a relocation. You also learned a few perks to moving in winter, as well as some helpful tips to make your winter move more efficient. For this blog, we will continue to provide more tips to ensure a successful winter move by focusing on safety.

Keep Walkways Clear

The winter season is a time of increased danger, whether you’re driving or even just walking down a few simple steps, the biggest risk factor being slipping due to ice and snow. Along with these potentially risky activities, moving also poses many dangers, from injuring yourself to breaking valuable possessions. This is why safety is such an important factor when moving during winter.

One of the best ways to provide winter moving safety is by clearing all major walkways, like the driveway, sidewalk and other areas around your home that accumulate snow and ice. A failure to clear these spaces greatly increases the chance of someone slipping while carrying a heavy box or bulky piece of furniture. This can lead to bad falls and serious injuries. The best way to avoid injuries and damaged items is to break out a shovel or snow blower and some bags of salt or sand, then get to work.

If you are moving locally and have access to your new property before the move, you should go ahead and free important areas of snow and ice. Also, don’t forget to clear a designated space for your moving truck so you can quickly and easily get to work when moving day begins.

Keep Your Home Safe and Clean

If you followed our first safety tip, all major walkways are clear of hazardous snow and ice. Now that the exterior is taken care of, it is time to focus on securing the interior.

On moving day, many areas of your home will be heavily trodden on by a countless number of feet repeatedly going in and out. This will bring in snow, sleet, sand, water and so on. As a result, safety is put at risk. The best way to eliminate interior injuries during your move is to use preventative measures.

One preventative measure you can take is placing large pieces of cardboard on the floors of high-traffic zones, and securing their edges with tape so they are unable to move. This simple trick will do two things:

  1. It will increase traction between you and your movers’ feet so the risk of falls is decreased.
  2. Floors will be protected from damage.

Dress Appropriately

When moving in winter, it is very important to dress as appropriately as possible in order to protect your body from moving injuries as well as from the climate. But dressing for a winter move can be somewhat difficult. You don’t want to be too cold when you go outside, but you also don’t want to burn up when working inside. Here are some tips:

  • Don’t overdress, because you will risk sweating too much and potentially catching a cold.
  • Protect your fingers and hands with durable work gloves.
  • Wear protective shoes that provide traction and support.
  • Wear semi-loose clothing so your movements will not be restricted.

Turn on Major Utilities

When all is said and done and you have managed to transport all of your belongings to your new home, there is one thing you will hope you didn’t forget to do – turn on all major utilities. This task is extremely important because if you fail to have your utilities turned on at your new home prior to moving in, you will be without electricity, heat and water – a major problem when moving in cold, wintery temperatures.

When having your utilities connected, be sure to have them turned on at least one week prior to moving day to ensure they will be up and running when you arrive at your new home.

For more moving tips and tricks, check out our blog, here.

Top Tips for a Winter Move (Part 1 of 2)

 

The winter season is quickly rolling in. For many, this means frigid temperatures, icy rain and snowfall that grows from a few flakes to a mountainous pile outside the front door. One activity that can be hard to accomplish in winter is moving. In fact, a winter move is the toughest type of relocation there is. But it is not always avoidable. If you are planning to move this winter, it is a good idea to prepare ahead of time for the tasks to come. Here are some tips to make your winter move a success.

1. Consider Your Options

Due to the harsh conditions brought on by winter, it should come as no surprise that moving during this time poses many risks. If you are moving locally, you may be considering a do-it-yourself move. This means packing – and transporting – all of your belongings by yourself or with the help of friends, family and a rental truck. While a DIY move is pretty straightforward, the problem is that winter weather is unpredictable, changing from mild to severe in the blink of an eye. When it comes to planning ahead for a winter move, the weather forecast will be your most valuable source. If the forecast says you will be hit by a blizzard on the day of your move, don’t risk it! Instead, opt for a reputable moving company that is trained to deal with cold weather conditions.

2. Hire Professionals

When moving to a new home, you have two choices: do it yourself or hire professional movers. First, consider all aspects of a winter move, and then decide which route is best for you and your family. A self-move can be gratifying and also cost less; however, attempting to move yourself under winter conditions is generally not worth the risk of personal injuries, property damage or harm to valuable possessions. Hiring professional movers will eliminate all of these risks.

Hiring professional movers also comes with several more benefits. Here are a few of them.

Excellent Prices: You may not know this, but moving in winter is much cheaper than during other times of the year. Most people choose to move in summer, which escalates prices of moving companies. But during the off-season of winter, prices drop significantly, which means great savings for you.

Experienced Movers: Along with lower prices, moving in winter also comes with the advantage of getting the most experienced movers for your relocation. What does this mean exactly? Well, during busy times, like summer, moving companies often have to hire more movers just to keep up with consumer demands. This can lead to less experienced helpers being hired so the company will have enough hands for all of its jobs. But in winter, less jobs are available to moving companies, which means you are guaranteed to always get the most experienced movers available.

Negotiations: Since the winter season can be such a slump for moving companies, many are more likely to be negotiated into an even lower rate. This means a chance for additional discounts, a larger range of moving services, free packing materials, and more.

3. Pack for Cold Weather

Are you a good packer? Are you efficient at wrapping and labeling boxes, etc? If you answered yes, that’s great – and it will make for a much more successful moving experience. But, as wonderful a packer as you may be, there is something you may not have considered before, and that’s packing for winter verses summer, or other milder season. The main difference when packing between these two seasons is that temperature plays a very big factor in how certain possessions should be packed. While your home may be warm, outside temperatures can drop extremely low, even inside a moving truck. As a result, delicate and fragile items are put at a high risk of being damaged or broken – especially when in transit. Some items to keep in mind when packing for a winter relocation, include:

  • Plants
  • China and glassware
  • Musical instruments
  • Antique furniture
  • Electronic equipment

For more important tips for your winter move, continue on to our next blog!

Important Documents to Collect Prior to Your Move

Considering the magnitude of the moving process, it can be a challenge to effectively plan and organize all of the complicated aspects of your approaching relocation, along with handling all of the laborious moving-related tasks. Along with key issues to take care of, like these, you also need to gather all of the necessary paperwork. All things considered, paperwork may seem like the simplest task to complete on your moving checklist, but it often proves to be more time-consuming and nerve-wracking than originally anticipated. Not only does collecting and organizing all records and papers need prior, during, and immediately after your relocation take time, effort and diligence, but you also need to keep it safe. It is important to keep in mind that procedures for issuing and/or updating documents can take a long time to complete, so preparing paperwork as early as possible is your best bet to eliminate any potential problems when moving day arrives.

Documents to Collect Pre-Move

While some of the documents you need to take with you when moving are already in your possession, some will need to be retrieved from different institutions. Here is a list of the documents you will need:

Personal IDs. Personal IDs include:

  • Birth certificates
  • Passports
  • Driver’s license
  • Social security cards
  • Marriage/divorce certificates
  • Military documents (I/A)

Be sure to gather all personal IDs for yourself as well as for each member of your family. Some of these documents will be needed during your relocation, so be sure to keep them on hand at all times.

Moving Documents. If your relocation includes hiring a moving company to transport your belongings, you will be provided with important moving documents. These include a signed contract, along with a binding estimate, inventory list, moving-guide pamphlets, etc. These documents will be needed frequently throughout the moving process, so keep them secure and easily accessible during your relocation until moving day. When moving day arrives, place all moving-related paperwork in a secure spot, such as a lockbox – just don’t leave it behind by mistake!

Financial Documents. Financial documents include:

  • Credit cards
  • Bank statements
  • Savings account statements
  • Bank transaction statements
  • Income tax papers
  • Tax receipts
  • Tax deduction bills
  • Loan papers

Be sure to keep all financial documents in a designated folder and away from potential prying eyes. Also, keep track of all moving receipts because moving-related expenses can be used for tax deductions at the end of the year.

Property Documents. If you are moving into a home you purchased and/or out of one you sold, you will have a mountain of property-related documents to keep up with, such as:

  • Selling and buying agreements
  • Lease copies
  • Mortgage documents for new and old homes
  • Property insurance policies
  • Auto insurance cards
  • Registration documents of motor vehicles

Medical Records. To keep everyone healthy, it’s important to visit your doctor shortly before your move so you can obtain all medical documents needed post-move Also, be sure to transfer all prescription medications, and obtain dental records from your dentist’s office. If you have pets, you’ll also need to retrieve copies of veterinary records and vaccination certificates.

School Records. If you have kids, don’t forget to collect their school records. This is important because you will need them to enroll your kids into new school systems after the move. If your child is applying for college, be sure to request certified copies of his/her school transcripts.

Documents Needed When Moving Abroad

If you are moving abroad, you will need to gather a somewhat different set of documents. They include:

  • Valid passport
  • Visa and work permit
  • International health insurance policy
  • Immunization records
  • Pet information and vaccination certificates
  • Emergency contact list, including the address and contact details of the U.S. embassy in your new country

It is also a good idea to obtain an apostille stamp on all important documents (birth certificates, marriage certificates, degree certificates, professional licenses, etc.) when moving abroad. This will assure foreign officials and government agencies that your documents are legit.

For everything you need to know about your upcoming move, ABC Movers can help. Click here to visit our blog or contact us at 800.771.0151.

Things to Keep in Mind When Moving with Pets

When you plan to move with your pets, the process involves a lot of things. Starting from the rules, documents required, local ordinances, and getting a permit, you need to be aware of all the important things. First and foremost, it is vital to plan a pet-friendly journey so that you can enjoy a peaceful and comfortable move with your pets. The infographic titled, “How to Move with Pets?” talks about the various important things related to moving with pets.

Every state has different rules, laws and regulations regarding pets and may require special permits for certain types of pets. Therefore, you must get all the details in advance about the laws and regulations for pets in the state where you are moving. Also check the local ordinances with the city clerk’s office; there are some zoning laws that may forbid certain animals in the residential area.

Most states also require a rabies tag for dogs, cats and other exotic animals. It is also important to get health certificates and other records of your pet from a renowned veterinary doctor as you may be asked to present these documents when moving to a new place with pets. Also, make sure that your pet wears a collar with tag that includes the pet’s name, owner’s name and the destination address. For more details about moving with pets, please refer the given infographic.