Moving Houses in Winter - How to Make it Work

Do you need to move to a new house in a different city in the wintertime? Are you worried about moving your belongings in winter? Do you want to know how to go about winter moving to minimize glitches and problems? There are a number of moving companies in Auckland that are experienced in moving houses during the wintertime.

Why winter moving can be tricky

If you are wondering why so many of your loved ones are surprised you are moving in winter or are trying to persuade you to move during a different season, here are a few reasons they might be concerned:

  • Closed and icy roads: If you plan to move to a city or town at a higher altitude than sea level, there is a good chance you will encounter snow during your winter move. If there has been heavy snowfall before you go, it is possible that some smaller roads might be closed for traffic. Even if roads are open, snow and ice could make them slick and difficult to drive on, especially for heavy moving vehicles.
  • Snowstorms, rain, and bad weather: If you are moving to a higher altitude that gets snow frequently, you might encounter a snowstorm during your move, especially if your move is during peak winter. Snowstorms could cause delays and increase the chances of your moving vehicle being stuck on the way to your new house. Heavy rains and generally bad weather in the winter months could also cause movement problems as well as problems with loading and unloading your belongings safely.
  • Accessibility issues: If you are moving to a snowy area, the driveway or access roads to your new home might be blocked by snow. Also, you might have to deal with piled snow all along the small roads on the way to your new home, which could be tricky for the moving vehicle. A good idea would be to reach your new home before the moving vehicle and clear the snow from the driveway and the road leading to the house to make it easy for the moving vehicle to approach and park close to the house.
  • Water seepage and damage: If you encounter snow or heavy rains during the move, it might lead to water seeping into the moving vehicle and damaging your belongings. Rain could also make it difficult to load and unload your belongings without getting them drenched in the rain. Water could seep in through the packing material and damage your belongings if you are not careful.

Moving in winter has its perks

If you need to move on a budget, you might want to think about winter moving. Most people avoid moving houses in winter, which means rental companies have lesser work than the rest of the year. Less business for them means that they are more willing to give you discounts and make moving cheaper for you.

It also means that you might be able to negotiate relatively lower rentals for your new home if you are planning to rent. All of this means that you are going to save quite a bit on your move by choosing to move in winter.

Thinking about storage instead of moving

If you are not keen to move in winter but are being forced to move because of circumstances, you do not need to fret. If you do not wish to move your belongings across cities in wintertime, you can look for a storage facility near to where you currently live.

  • Storage facilities can keep your belongings safe and protected from the elements all winter.
  • Using storage facilities is a great way to move at your convenience.
  • There are a lot of storage facilities you can choose from within or near Auckland for your belongings.

Instead of moving all your belongings to your new home in the middle of winter, you can keep your belongings in storage until summertime and then move. If you have to start living in your new home in a different city, you can possibly move only the essentials to set up the new house and move the rest of your belongings just as summer sets in.

Tips for moving houses in winter

  • Keep an eye on the weather forecast for Auckland and wherever you are moving to, starting a few days before you plan to move.
  • Ensure water-resistant packaging is used for your belongings if you anticipate rain or snow during the move.
  • Keep a few emergency numbers written down in case you need to call for help and cannot use your mobile phone.
  • Keep winter supplies—salt, shovels, mittens, and hot coffee—handy during the move.

As long as you prepare well and well in advance, you should not face any major issues when moving houses even in peak wintertime.