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Winter Moving Tips: How to Combat the Elements During a Winter Move

Moving at any time of year can be a tedious and challenging experience. Making a move during the winter months adds another layer of difficulty in three key areas: safety, weather issues, and comfort. 

No one wants to be moving in the middle of a blizzard, but waiting until Mother Nature is ready to cooperate is not always an option. 

Winter moving may not sound like fun, but it isn’t entirely impossible either. Planning and coordination with your moving team is key. Good communication along with a few tips we have put together for you should keep you safe, warm, and organized on your moving day. 

Stay Vigilant of the Weather 

New Englanders know that winter can bring crystal clear blue skies and frosty air. It can also bring howling winds and an onslaught of precipitation ranging from feet of snow to slippery roadway ice. 

When moving during the winter months keep a close eye on the weather in the days leading up to your move. If you are concerned that the weather may hamper your move by shutting down roadways or making travel unsafe, talk to your moving company about a contingency plan should Mother Nature not cooperate. Having a Plan B is always a smart idea when moving during the months of December, January, February, and March. 

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Make Safety a Top Priority 

Mastodon Moving makes safety our number one priority for every move, no matter the season. Winter, however, brings an entirely new set of safety precautions that we take both inside and outside of homes. 

Some of the safety precautions we take include covering floors to not only give traction, but to save the floors from scrapes or marks. We also wrap banisters and door frames when large items will be moved around them to ensure that no chips, dents, or scrapes appear. 

Homeowners can help with safety by ensuring that the walkways and driveways are free and clear of snow or ice on the day of the move. They can also board pets so they are not under foot during the move. Additionally, a spare pair of gloves is a great idea to keep hands warm as going in and out of the elements can cause extremities to get cold. 

Consider Comfort

Winter moves often mean that homes lose heat fast with movers going in and out repeatedly. Doors are left open and homes quickly become cold. 

To make things comfy, consider using a small space heater in the bathroom and kitchen where movers and family members can warm up for a few minutes. Having warm drinks available is also a crowd pleaser for people moving all day in the cold. 

Taking comfort into mind, make sure your new location has the heat and lights on so when you arrive the home is comfortable and accessible for movers and family members. 

Still have questions about moving? Talk to our team about a consultation and we can go over all the elements that can make your winter move go smoothly. 

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Top 5 Things Homeowners Forget When Moving

We spend a lot of time on this blog talking about ways to get organized and plan for your move, whether it is across town or across the country. We stress how important it is to have moving lists and stay on top of what steps in the process need to be done when

Unfortunately, even the most organized homeowner can forget to complete certain tasks or even leave behind valuable items in their previous home. Over the course of many years we have seen it all from forgotten appliances to lost keys.

To help you avoid the mistakes of others, here are the top 5 things homeowners forget to do or move on the big day. 

# 1 Forgetting to Update Your New Address

One task that is often put aside (or forgotten entirely) until the week before a big move is changing the home address for important documents. 

While it may seem like a tedious task to change your address it is critical to not losing personal or sensitive information. 

Places you should be sure to contact include: 

  • Your banking institutions 
  • Schools
  • Doctors Offices 
  • Car and Life insurance Providers
  • Your Pet’s Vet
  • Utilities such as cable, phone, internet provider, water, sewer, and electric
  • Your place of employment 
  • All of your credit card companies

# 2 Forgetting An Essentials Box 

The day of any move can be stressful. Once you have arrived at your new home you will want to change your clothes, possibly take a shower and get comfortable. To do this you need to be able to easily find your bathroom items, clothing, and other important items.

Some homeowners are organized enough to know where their essentials are but others need a separate container to easily access these items when they first get into their new home. 

Items that we suggest you pack in your essentials include: 

  • Medicines
  • Toilet paper and other hygiene essentials (don’t forget your contact solution)
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Personal documents
  • A change of clothes
  • Cords such as phone chargers
  • Paper plates and disposable cutlery for a quick meal

# 3 Overlooking Small Kitchen Appliances 

The coffee maker and toaster may look so natural on the counter that you may forget them. Often forgotten appliances happen because the homeowner plans to use them the morning of the move, thus the coffee maker and toaster are among the most forgotten appliances. 

Don’t forget to look out your back window and see the grill and firepit that need to make it on the moving truck as well. 

# 4 Neglecting to Cancelling Things 

This may seem like a broad category, but many homeowners forget to cancel things like their gym membership, magazine and newspaper subscriptions, or wine-of-the-month delivery. 

Be sure you think about everything you do on a regular basis and add them to your change of address or cancellation list. 

# 5 Ignoring Hidden Items 

Sometimes out-of-sight-out-of-mind happens to all of us. Many people facing a move forget about things that they don’t see all the time like their jewelry or valuables hidden in the safe in their bedroom closet, the mirror on the back of the door, or the seasonal items up in the corner of the attic. 

Save yourself some stress by making sure all hidden spaces are accounted for and checked one last time before you move. For more insights on things homeowners often forget, check out the article “The Stuff Your Always Forget.” 

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Moving Soon? Here’s Your Last Minute Prep

Even the most organized people can have their moving day sneak up on them. Face it, moving can be hectic, overwhelming, and takes quite a bit of organizing to make it go smoothly. If moving day is fast approaching, we have the “Last Minute Prep” list for you! 

Whether you are a procrastinator or the date for the movers to arrive has genuinely taken you by surprise, you will want to follow a strict schedule when it comes to crunch time. Panicking is probably the first thing on your list of things to do, but honestly, the last thing you have time for. 

Keep your head level and try these tips to keep that last week on track to make your move successful. 

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Create a Master List

If you are down to the last few weeks (or even days) before your move, the best idea is to get yourself organized. That means a master list of what’s left to do. 

Take a few minutes to go around your apartment or house and create a punch list of sorts including things left to be done in each room. This could include tasks like wrapping the dishes and cleaning out the cabinets in the kitchen, down to cleaning out under the sink in the bathroom. 

The list should be specific to each room and have details that are broken down into small tasks. For example, box books, wrap china, label toys, take down curtains, and empty shed. This list will come in very handy with our next suggestion. 

Enlist Help 

You have heard the phrase, “Many hands make light work.” Well, this is never more true than during a move. 

Enlist the help of professional movers who know how to wrap, box, and crate each item in your home in order to transport it safely to its next destination. Our moving team is efficient and skilled in packing and unpacking services, whether you are headed down the street or across the country.

If you plan to ask friends to help, that punch list that we mentioned above will come in very handy. Assign each friend to a room and give them the list for each respective room. This will allow them to work and not interrupt you as you pack or get organized in another room. 

Don’t just ask friends and family to help you with the packing aspect of moving. They can help by keeping your children and pets happy and busy somewhere else while you take care of the packing. Grandparents are a good choice for this assignment because they usually know the likes and dislikes of the children. You would be amazed at how fast you can check things off your list when you are doing it undisturbed. 

Keep Supplies Handy & Organized 

If you are trying to work quickly and get each item on your list completed, it’s a good idea to have all the supplies you will need including boxes, crates, wrap, and cleaning supplies. There is nothing that can slow down the process more than having to send a person to the store for more supplies. 

Transfer Utilities 

One chore that usually falls near the end of your time at one house is transferring the utilities. Be sure to prepare a list in advance to have the names and numbers handy when the time comes to get through this sometimes cumbersome list. 

Pack an Essentials Bag 

One task that friends and family probably cannot help with is packing an essentials bag that you will need on the day of the move or the day you arrive at your new location. 

In this bag should be a change of clothes, phone chargers, small devices like an ipad or tablet, prescription medication, eyeglasses or contact supplies/solution, bedding and air mattresses, personal hygiene items, toilet paper (you will thank us later), soap, and snacks. 

If you are moving in the next week, try not to panic. Follow these tips and you will find your move will go much smoother. Talk to our team and we can help you with your move.