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Save Money with a Winter Move

January 29, 2018

 

If you are planning to move during the winter months, it will typically take more work and care than a move during the spring or summer months. With some simple planning and some basic considerations in mind, a long-distance or local move will quickly and safely get your family and possessions into your new home.

 

The Elements

People don't particularly enjoy extremely cold temperatures, and a move can be even more difficult to deal with the transition from the cold outdoors to the warm interior of your new home. You also don't want to track snow and ice that will quickly turn into water, not to mention salt and sand used for de-icing, into your home. How can you address these concerns?

  • Wear layers: avoid overheating indoors and stay warm outdoors.

  • The human chain: Have a few people bring items to the front door or easiest access point, with others on the inside ready to bring the boxes and other possession to their intended destinations.

  • Have a shovel and salt: in case snow flurries and other difficult weather coincide with your moving day.

Although these tips won't keep you completely removed from the cold, they protect your home, keep heat inside and let you do your best during a winter move.

 

PRICING:

A winter move means more options and, potentially, competitive pricing. Moving companies are busiest during the warmer times of year, which means it's easier to book the exact services - like movers and packers - and time slot you want for your big day. Prices may also be lower in some circumstances.

 

Realtor.com claims that prices at many self-storage facilities also drop during the colder months, meaning further savings. Finally, buying a home during the winter can also lead to more concessions from sellers, as Consumer Affairs pointed out. One more consideration: Hot weather can damage belongings ranging from candles and soaps to records if they aren't carefully managed, while colder weather isn't as impactful to most items unless temperatures drop to extremely low depths.

 

Before your move, be sure to reach out to Direct Home Connect to connect your utilities, internet, tv, and security in a single call. 

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