Over 44 million Americans move each year. The majority do it during the warmer months. “This gives a significant financial and logistical advantage to those willing to relocate in the cold,” observes the Moises Team, a moving company located in New Jersey.
Here in the North-East, the demand for trucks, moving crews and moving supplies tends to be significantly lower and less expensive in winter. Why? Quite simply, because most people try to move in spring or summer. Also, should you hire a crew to handle your entire move, in winter you are more likely to deal with the seasoned movers, those who typically keep working year round.
If you choose to be frugal, or prefer handling your own move, your first priority is to consider the elements. Be mindful of children, pets and plants traveling with you during a move. Parts 2 and 3 of this article will talk about them more specifically. The first order of business is to plan according to conditions.
First, if you do rent a truck or trailer, remember to drive slower than you would normally drive a car. In fact, many rental trailers and car hauls have a warning sign that sates it is not safe to drive above 45 miles an hour while operating this equipment.
If you purchased a home in Vermont, it is most likely off the beaten path and at least part of your moving journey will take place on winding or dirt roads. Though shortcuts may save a few miles and a few dollars, this is not the time to take the scenic route if it can be avoided, especially if you are handling equipment with which you are not familiar.
In winter, the cold temperature may give the illusion that you are not using up as much energy as you might on a warm summer day. However, proper hydration is very important even in extremely cold weather. On long trips, it can also prevent drowsiness. A dry brain is not an alert brain in any weather!
Most of all, plan your move so that there is plenty of time should you face delays, due to precipitation or slippery roads, and allow time to savor the moment once you reach your destination.
Make it fun. Moving can stretch tempers; stretch your muscles instead, including your smile muscles. If conditions allow, build a small snowman the moment you arrive. It will be your welcome crew for the rest of the day, as you unload your furniture and belongings. Or have a quick snow fight, or make snow angels to announce to the world that you have arrived.