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November 06, 2017
Beat out the competition by buying your home in Columbus during the colder months.

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Winter time is the best time to move financially. Renting movers or a truck yourself is easier and cheaper when most people are inside avoiding the cold weather. Of course, some issues come to light when it comes down to moving during this cold season. Here are some of the things to watch out for, and suggestions to avoid them during the busiest and chilliest time of the year.

Set Your House Up

You don’t want to close up shop in your old house only to forget that you haven’t set it up in your brand-new one! Ensure that all the necessary utiities have been set up before move-in, and that they’re fully functional to protect your family in the wintertime.

Heat and water should be turned on a couple of days beforehand to make sure the house is cozy and hospitable. It’s also crucial when it comes to ensuring your heating units can withstand the cold winds and darker days ahead.

Check For Safe Moving

This is true when moving any time of the year, but ensure that your moving truck can access your home before making the trek to your new abode. Clear ice and snow around your new home to ensure a safe and slip-free moving process.

You’ll be more preoccupied the day of your move with making sure everything goes swimmingly, so check the weather beforehand! If there’s snow or ice on the roads, you might want to think twice when it comes to hauling your precious home furniture to a new location. Likewise, clear ice and snow around your new home to ensure a safe and slip-free moving process.

If you have to, check-in with your neighbors to know when a good, safe time would be to move into the neighborhood, where streets will be free and clear for your moving truck and home furnishings.

In the hustle and bustle of moving out, some homeowners forget about the worth of their old property! Don’t be like them, protect your assets! Moving in and out of a house, especially in the winter, can cause rain and snow to track along inside. Trust us, it’s never a good idea to leave moisture in a house you’re planning to sell.

Taping plastic sheeting or cardboard to the floor during movement is the best method to protect your flooring from furniture scrapes and the occasional mover mishap. Any method is ideal, just test any protective surface first before the movers begin to do the heavy lifting.

Prepare the Nicer Things

Many Americans are starting to move from one home to another themselves. If you’re moving with your family, why not make it interesting and fun? Liven up your move-in by having hot treats available—hot chocolate or tea will help serve as a great break for anyone who helps you move.

If food is on your mind, order take-out for something quick and easy. Pizza, sandwiches, or any other food on-the-go can help keep those self-employed movers in your life fed, while still having the option to not slow down during the moving process.

When it comes to the cold weather be sure to dress accordingly, as well. Scarves, mittens, and hats should be worn to protect your family during the colder moving days.

Have A Backup Plan

You’ve prepared to ensure everything goes according to plan, but we can’t foresee it all. If a winter storm comes harsh and suddenly, or if your movers get stuck in ice, have a flexible plan ahead of time to reschedule your move.

If you foresee having to postpone, talk to the realtors responsible for your old house to see if you can come to a compromise. Often, if you’re not willing to move in dangerous weather, neither are the owners of your old property.

Discuss with your movers their policy when it comes to winter weather, many professional companies will automatically have one. If you aren’t able to negotiate with realtors an extra few days of stay, discuss with your movers the option to pack up and store your belongings in the meantime.

When it comes down to storing your items, you might have to accomodate them for the short duration, as well as find your own short-term living. If that’s the case, find out ahead of time a place you can stay to brave out the weather. Be sure to also check with your home insurance, as they might be able to help finance some of these burdens if the issue was unforeseeable.

Winter moving may prove difficult, but you can save hundreds and thousands of dollars by taking advantage of the slower months. Are you interested in moving this winter? Allow First Option Mortgage to help you, and if you have any questions this wintertime, get in touch with us directly on Facebook or Twitter.