8 months ago
Justin Becker ·
Comments Off on Five Tips For Moving Into Your Cedar Springs Mobile Home This Winter
Moving into your new mobile home in Cedar Springs may be a welcomed change to your current or previous living situation — as there is no denying that today’s mobile homes offer amazing amenities and features. This is especially true for the mobile residences in Cedar Springs. That said, if you are planning to move in the winter, or the colder months, there are a few tips you should keep in mind when moving into your Cedar Springs mobile home this winter.
Check The Weather Daily
When planning a move, one of the first things you should always do is check the weather. You more than likely have a scheduled move-in date and movers planned, so make sure you keep a watchful eye on that date. If in the event there is snow or unpleasant weather, you want to be prepared and have a contingency plan for any delays. Clearly, you do not want to end up with your moving van full of your belongings stuck or sliding on an icy road. So, make it a point to speak with your moving company about weather accommodations.
Stay On Top Of Snow Removal
If you are moving into a mobile home community, then you will probably not have to worry about snow removal within the mobile home park. However, you may still have to shovel a walkway or add some salt to ensure that your movers, as well as yourself, can safely move into your new mobile residence. Along those same lines, it is beneficial to have snow removal tools and accessories at your disposal. In other words, make sure you put these items in your car and not packed away in the back of a moving van.
Plan An Early Start
Often in peak moving season, morning moves are recommended. However, in wintertime, moving in the morning may be fine as long as you are not moving in subzero temperatures, beating the snow removal people to your community, or before the ice has had a chance to melt. In other words, you should plan to get started much earlier in the day – preferably as soon as it gets light out. You should also try to have everything, even the odds and ends, packed up and ready to go the night before in order to save you some daylight.
By now, you may have realized that we are all for hiring movers. In fact, if there was ever a time to hire professional movers, this would be it. Allow the experts to pack and load your belongings and transport everything to your new mobile home. Even if you have a vehicle made for the colder months or know Cedar Springs like the back of your hand, driving in the winter can be very dangerous. Now imagine how driving an unfamiliar and bulky moving truck in snow, or possible ice, will be. Of course, there is no need to panic; just remember to leave it to the professionals.
Have Extra Supplies Handy
What’s more, you need extra supplies just in case you have to deal with an emergency. This means having the following items handy — jumper cables, tow ropes and window scrapers. If there is a sudden drop in temperature, you need to be prepared. Thus, it is highly recommended that you have several pairs of gloves for yourself, your family and even maybe your professional movers. You should also have sheets, blankets and towels that you can easily access. This may seem like a lot, but winter weather can change in an instant. As a result, even if it is not snowing at the beginning of move-in day, you could still experience snow or freezing rain.
Since winter moving is serious business, we have included a few more winter moving tips as well.
Bonus Tip #1 – Guard Your Floors Against Snow and Salt
With the potential for snow and ice comes the strong likelihood that your movers will be tracking in snow, dirt and salt with their winter boots. Thus, in order to keep your carpets and hardwood floors protected, lay down plastic sheets or tarps. Blankets are also another option for creating a path to the front door. A seasoned moving company will bring their own tarps, but you should have your own set on hand just in case.
Bonus Tip #2 – Protect Your Belongings From The Weather
When moving in the winter, it is important to take extra care when packing certain items or belongings. During a winter move, you should consider using blankets or towels to wrap dishware, glass and other fragile items or belongings that might be vulnerable to changes in temperature. Note, electronic devices may also need a full day to acclimate back to room temperature, so do not forget to label these boxes accordingly and avoid leaving them outside for an extended period of time.
Bonus Tip #3 – Be Organized
Being organized is good advice for any move, regardless of the scope or the time of year. Moreover, your organizational skills will ultimately ensure that the move is more efficient and safe. Thus, even though you heard it before — make use of handy moving checklists available online and start paring down your belongings as far in advance of moving day as possible. You should also make sure that all your boxes are clearly labeled and that you have a rough idea, at least, of where everything should go in your new home. It is highly recommended that you separate and label everything that you plan to take with you in your vehicle.
Note, it is also beneficial to know what professional movers can and cannot move, so make sure you also discuss this with them. That said, most movers will not move cleaning supplies, paint, or hazardous materials. Therefore, you should plan to move these items yourself if you intend to take them from your current living situation to your new mobile home.
Bonus Tip #4 – Make Sure Your Utilities Are Set-Up
Since you are moving in the winter, this bonus tip is a must. Make sure the utilities in your new house are all set up. The last thing you want to do is move into a new mobile home to find that you are without electricity, heat and/or hot water.
Bonus Tip #5 – Do Not Forget The Hot Chocolate or Warm Beverage
Finally, do not forget to keep hot chocolate, coffee and even tea ready. There is nothing better than a warm beverage during the winter, and it can be a lifesaver during a move.
Ultimately moving is hard work, regardless of when you decide to move. Even though summer is the ideal moving season, moving during the winter is less stressful. Plus, you can take advantage of moving company discounts, more affordable moving truck rates and easier scheduling. Therefore, as long as you stay organized, are properly prepared for any snow or ice and hire a professional moving company, your move to Cedar Springs this winter will be a success. Once you have moved in, you should schedule some time to winterize your new mobile home. By taking the time upfront to prepare your mobile residence for the cold winter months properly, not only will you save money on utility bills, but it will also help to improve the condition and overall environment of your manufactured home.
9 months ago
Justin Becker ·
Comments Off on Tips For Getting Your Cedar Springs Mobile Homes Ready For Winter
As we say goodbye to fall, there is no denying that winter is steadily approaching. Thus, if you have recently moved into a mobile home in Cedar Springs, Michigan, then this may be your first time trying to figure out just exactly how you should winterize it. Well, the good news is we have done the research for you. Here are several tips for getting your Cedar Springs mobile home ready for the winter.
Loosen the Tie-Downs
One crucial tip to remember when winterizing your mobile home is to loosen your mobile residence’s tie-downs. This is important because if you live in a particularly cold state like Michigan, then more than likely the ground will freeze over. As you may know, the frozen ground tends to shift as much as three inches during the winter. Therefore, you need to adjust your tie-downs in order to prevent any structural damage and to properly secure your mobile residence. Note, do not forget to reposition or tighten your tie-downs once winter is over.
Check the Skirting Vents
Another winterization tip to keep in mind is to check your mobile homes skirting vents. Typically, your mobile home skirting should have roughly one square foot of ventilation for every 150 square feet of living space. If this is news to you, then you may want to hire a professional to double-check your vents and make sure that everything is working as it should be. Regardless of whether you inspect your skirting vent or hire someone, make sure that your vents are closed in winter to prevent unwanted cold air from circulating in your home.
Add Extra Insulation to the Marriage Line
Similarly, if you have a double wide manufactured home, then it had to be put together onsite. The marriage line, as it is called, is where the two halves of your home are fused together. During proper installation, the marriage line is sealed and insulated. That said, it is never a bad idea to add more insulation around the marriage line.
Inspect Your Furnace
Once you are done properly inspecting your skirting vents, then it is on to the next item on your winterization checklist—your furnace. Here, regardless of whether or not you live in a mobile or manufactured home, you should always check your furnace at the beginning of each season. Ultimately you want to make sure that everything is running the way it should be and that the inside of your furnace is free from any dirt or debris.
Install a Central Heating System with a Timer
You should also consider installing a central heating system with a programmable timer if you do own or are currently purchasing your mobile home. That said, if you are renting a mobile residence in a manufactured home community, then you may want to discuss possible upgrades with the landlord or the property management team. The reason investing in a central heating system that has a timer is a must is because you can ensure that you are not wasting money on heating an empty house. However, if you are lucky enough to live in a manufactured home that has all the contemporary bells and whistles already, then you should have your programmable heating system thoroughly inspected at least every six months and before winter hits.
Switch the Direction of Your Ceiling Fans
An easy fix for keeping your heat indoors is to change or switch the direction of your ceiling fan. In the winter, you should run your ceiling fans counterclockwise to push warm air back down into your mobile home. You would be surprised at how something so simple can make such a difference with just a flip of the switch. Furthermore, when you run your fans counterclockwise and close off areas in your home that you are not using, you can enjoy a warm and welcoming home environment, plus lower utility bills. Speaking of fans, make sure you inspect your exhaust fans and caulk where needed.
Seal Chimneys and Fireplaces
Moreover, if your mobile/manufactured home has a chimney or a fireplace, then you should make sure that it is properly sealed for winter. You can also close the damper if you do not use your fireplace often. Alternatively, if you are not a big fan of indoor fires, then you may even want to consider sealing off your fireplace and chimney.
Check Your Outlets
It is highly recommended you seal your electrical outlets in your mobile home. Regardless of whether you are renting your manufactured home or if you own your mobile residence, you should be concerned about the amount of heat that escapes through your electrical outlets. Caulk/seal outlets and replace cracked or broken ones.
Sure Up Light Fixtures
Another well-known air leak in mobile homes are light fixtures. So, while you are checking your outlets and making the necessary repairs, make sure you inspect the seal job on your light fixtures as well.
Choose Thermal Curtains for Windows
The proper window treatments can also get your mobilehome winter ready. Typically, thermal or insulated curtains are the option of choice when it comes to keeping your mobile residence nice and toasty without raising your heating bill. Insulated and thermal curtains are great over your all-year-round blinds and will keep your heat inside. Plus, thermal blackout curtains are practically a must in your bedroom. So, if you do not have wintertime curtains already, now is the time to invest in them.
Insulate Exterior Water Heater Closets
You should make it a point to winterize your exterior water heater closet as well. Here, you can purchase a variety of inexpensive insulation for your water heater and closet. In fact, there are specially designed insulated jackets/covers for the heater itself, and you can opt for additional insulation for the ceiling, door and closet walls.
Do Furnace Maintenance
It also almost goes without saying that proper winterizing involves furnace maintenance. So, be prepared to clean, vacuum, and get your hands dirty when it comes to your furnace, especially if you use permanent filters. On the other hand, if you use disposable/replaceable furnace filters, then make sure you change them out regularly, if not at least every couple of months. You should also check for ice or snow build-up while you are at it.
Seal Doors and Windows
While you are outside checking exterior water heater closets and snow build-up, do not forget to inspect your door and windows for excessive wear and tear. Pay close attention to frame, seals, and weather stripping. If you notice any issues, then make the necessary repairs before the snow hits.
Prevent Frozen Pipes
Last but not least, frozen pipes are a real issue in the winter. Thus, you should be proactive and do everything possible to ensure that your pipes do not freeze. One of the easiest things you can do is apply heat tape to your pipes.
As you can see, there is a long list of things you can do to winterize your mobile residence. However, quality-built manufactured homes, like those in Cedar Springs, will probably only need a cursory inspection—so there is no need to feel overwhelmed. Older mobile homes may need a bit more attention, but overall, mobile homes are affordable and easy to maintain as well as winterize—when you stay on top of your seasonal checklists and do the necessary upkeep.