Finding the right apartment for you and your family in the amazing city of Keego Harbor is definitely a win-win, especially with everything going on these days. Be that as it may, if you are planning on moving into your affordable luxury apartment home during the colder months, then there are a few things you need to keep in mind to ensure that you have a safe and well-organized move. So, without further ado, here are five tips for moving into your Keego Harbor apartment this winter.
Remember To Dress Warm
Regardless of whether or not you are hiring movers to assist you with your relocation, it is important that you dress warmly on move-in day. Of course, being out in the cold for hours on end is not advised in most circumstances, however when you have to move, you have no choice. Therefore, You should make it a point to dress warmly if the weather will be cold during your move. In addition to dressing warm, you should wear the appropriate shoes or boots and have multiple pairs of gloves (preferably ones that still allow you to carry or hold things without issue). It is also beneficial to wear a jacket, and even a hat. That said, just how warm you need to dress will likely depend on the forecast for the day. Thus, you should also keep a watchful eye on the weather and the overall forecast for move-in day, as well as the night before.
Allow Extra Time
Along those same lines, whether your move is across town or the next city over, winter driving tends to take a bit longer, especially if your move date coincides with an unexpected storm or if you are operating the U-Haul truck yourself. As a result, you should consider adding a few extra hours, or even a day, onto your truck rental when you reserve it. Alternatively, if you have wisely opted for professional movers, you should book them a day or two ahead of time. This will save you from getting stuck with possible penalties for not vacating your previous rental in the event that a snow storm delays your movers’ arrival, or your move-in date altogether.
Watch Your Step
It is also important to watch your step and move your belongings into your new home carefully. With most apartment moves, you often have to maneuver furniture into common areas and even up stairways. In winter, however, there is an added risk of slipping, falling or damaging your belongings thanks to ice and snow. Thus, both you and your movers should be extra careful during a winter move. Note, if the apartment community has not salted the walkways, then you might want to salt them before you start moving into your new apartment. It is also beneficial to wear shoes with a lot of grip in order to prevent slippage.
Take Frequent Breaks
In addition to being cautious when moving things into the apartment building, you should make it a point to take frequent breaks. This will give your body a rest from the heavy lifting and help you keep warm. Clearly, time is of the essence with a winter move; therefore, these breaks do not have to be long — just a few minutes every hour or so to relax and warm up. If you have hired movers, then you should encourage them to take breaks as well.
Protect Your Floors
As previously mentioned, a winter move tends to get a little messy. As a result, you and anyone helping you move will likely track in snow, melted ice, salt and dirt from outside. Thus, we recommend, even at your former apartment or living situation, putting down tarps or some type of material that can help protect floors, as well as carpeting, during a move. It is especially important to protect your floors at your former apartment on move-out day to avoid losing any of your security deposit due to mud and ice being tracked in. Likewise, at your new apartment home in Keego Harbor, make sure you put down tarps (or use old sheets) on the floors and areas with carpeting before moving anything in.
We want you to have the safest and most efficient winter move possible, so we have included a few bonus tips to ensure that your winter move goes off without a hitch.
Bonus Tip #1 – Protect Your Stuff
Our first bonus tip is to properly protect your stuff. You should also keep in mind that anything you place in your moving truck is likely to suffer from prolonged exposure to the elements. Therefore, you should make sure that things like live plants, electronics and even your pets are not placed in the back of your moving truck. Instead, you should store sensitive items in your car and even add an extra layer of insulation to items you are placing in boxes. In regard to your pets, during a winter move, it is best to board them so that they do not have to be exposed to cold weather and can just be brought to the apartment once you have settled in.
Bonus Tip #2 – Use The Right Vehicle
Speaking of vehicles, if your car does not do well with ice or snow, then you should consider using a different car or leaving the driving to the professionals. If you decide to hire movers, then rely on their vehicles to do most of the heavy lifting since they are equipped to handle such weather. Note, you may want to consider renting an SUV or pickup truck as well.
Bonus Tip #3 – Have Winter Supplies On Hand
Even on clear winter days, things can suddenly change. So, if you have a shovel, ice scraper, and other winter essentials, then bring them with you on the big day. Note, we said, have them on hand. It is much easier to clear a safe path into your new apartment when you do not pack these important winter essentials like salt, shovels, scrappers, hats, scarfs and gloves away.
Bonus Tip #4 – Heat Your New Apartment
Trying to heat your apartment to an optimal temperature can be tricky when the front door needs to be open for the movers. On the one hand, it seems like a waste to let your heating system run with people constantly coming in and out of your apartment. On the other hand, you do not want it to be cold in your apartment home either. Thus, depending on the weather or rather temp that day, you may want to consider turning the heat down, or completely off, to avoid wasting precious energy. You can heat one room in your apartment and turn it into a warm-up zone, however, if you do not want to attempt to heat the entire apartment to no avail.
Bonus Tip #5 – Take Advantage of Winter Deals
In cold climates such as the Midwest, you can often save money by moving in the wintertime. Not only is there less competition from other renters, but your landlord will also be more open to negotiations. What’s more, moving companies also tend to lower their prices in the winter since there is little demand for their services. So, make sure you shop around for deals and ask for lower prices.
Ultimately, these are just a few things you can do to ensure that your winter move into your brand new Keego Harbor apartment home goes well.