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.