December 7, 2020 at 2:32 pm
Justin Becker ·
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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.
November 2, 2020 at 1:35 pm
Justin Becker ·
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If you have recently moved into your Keego Harbor apartment, you may have been so busy enjoying your lakefront views and agreeable weather that you almost forgot that winter is coming. Moreover, though apartment living is affordable and comes with ample amenities, winterizing your apartment home tends to be a little different in each place you live. For instance, if you are living in an affordable contemporary luxury lakefront apartment, then it may get a little colder since you are closer to the water. It is little things like this that you must keep in mind when you are winterizing your apartment. That said, there are still a few standard tips for getting your Keego Harbor apartment ready for winter that are applicable across the board.
Switch Out Your Bedding
One of the simplest things you can do to ensure that you stay toasty this winter in your Keego Harbor apartment is to switch out your bedding. Just ask any home decor obsessed individual or Michigander, and they will tell you that switching out your bedding in accordance with the seasons is just good housekeeping. Thus, if you were using lighter sheets or cotton based bedding, now is the perfect time to look for something a little more heavy/thicker, like flannel sheets and plush blankets.
Purchase an Electric Blanket
Along those same lines, there is no shame in investing in an electric blanket during the wintertime. Not only do electric blankets keep you extra warm on cold winter nights, but they are also lifesavers in the event that your heat goes out. Thus, you have more than one reason to invest in a toasty electric blanket. That said, you should definitely do your research before you purchase these particular blankets, and if you are using an electric blanket that you have had for more than 15 years, then it is time to invest in a new one. Ultimately, research is important here because you want to make sure that you are not buying a potential fire hazard.
Check Your Windows
In addition to keeping yourself warm and toasty in your bed, you should also check your windows in your apartment home. It should be no surprise that windows can easily let cold air into your apartment if they are not properly sealed or if, for instance, you have an air conditioner unit in one of your windows. Consequently, it is important to make sure that if you feel a draft coming from any of your windows that you address it. Likewise, if you have an extremely drafty apartment, for some reason, then you should consider investing in draft stoppers or film kits for your windows.
Install Insulated Curtains
Yet another quick and easy way to winterize your apartment home is to upgrade your curtains or blinds. Purchasing insulated or heavy-duty blackout curtains can reduce the amount of heat that is escaping your apartment. Moreover, these particular types of curtains essentially add a second or additional layer of insulation. Thus, if you have drafty windows or patio/balcony doors, you can opt for insulated curtains instead of purchasing draft stoppers or film kits. Alternatively, if you want to buy all of the things mentioned above, then you can make your apartment home that much warmer.
Check For Holes And Cracks In The Walls, Floors and Ceilings
When winterizing your apartment home, it is important to also seal off any holes or cracks in the walls that could be allowing your heat to escape. Besides checking for holes and cracks, you should pay extra attention to your floors and ceilings.
If you notice any damages, you should inform the maintenance staff as soon as possible so they can be fixed. Furthermore, while inspecting your floors, if you notice that your first level or ground floor hardwood and vinyl floors run a little cold, then you may want to invest in some rugs. That said, you can also look into nonhazardous space heaters for particularly cold areas in your apartment home.
Test Out Your Heating Systems
Another valuable tip for preparing your apartment home for winter is to test out your heating systems. It is important to know now before the weather gets bad that all systems are a go. In the event that everything is not fine, it is better to find out about it now rather than later. Plus, the sooner you know, the sooner your landlord or property manager can assess the situation and repair it. Remember, as much as you love your new electric blanket, you do not want to pull it out just yet, so if you notice any issues with your heating or cooling systems, schedule maintenance to come now before the snow hits.
Invest in Portable Space Heaters and Humidifiers
As briefly suggested, portable space heaters and air humidifiers are your friends. In the cold winter months, the air can be dry, especially inside your apartment home. Thus, in order to add a little moisture back into the atmosphere and make your home comfy, you should invest in a humidifier. Similarly, space heaters can add an extra boost when you need it. Moreover, it is often a lot cheaper to plug in a fan, a heater, or a humidifier, then it is to turn on your heat at full blast.
Buy Some Indoor Plants
Investing in some indoor house plants is also another way to prep your apartment home for winter. As you are likely aware, winter can be a little depressing at times, and indoor house plants have been shown to improve air quality in your apartment home, boost your mood and add a little color to an otherwise bleak winter day. That said, if indoor house plants have a tendency to die on you, there is no need to be ashamed. You can buy some artificial plants instead, which are just as aesthetically pleasing.
Stock Up on Winter Essentials
Living in an apartment may lull you into a false sense of security when it comes to stocking up on winter essentials. However, just because you do not need to shovel the driveway or salt the walkway does not mean you cannot benefit from having key winter items. So, get yourself a shovel, even if it is for your car, and stock up on some salt while you are at it. Other handy winter essentials include gloves, hats, hot cocoa or calming teas and really anything else that will make wintertime a little easier to deal with.
Find Other Ways to Stay Warm
Lastly, keeping your apartment home nice and toasty is important, of course, but you should also look for other ways to stay warm in addition to pulling out the flannel bedding and turning on the space heaters. For instance, you should consider purchasing a few seasonal candles, getting cozy with a plush throw blanket and wintertime pillows and wearing those crazy footed pajamas—we promise not to tell anyone.
Ultimately, there are a variety of things you can do this winter to keep yourself and your apartment home nice and toasty. So, get out your winterizing checklist and get to work. Once you are done, you can relax with a good book and curl up by the fire (or space heater). That said, if you would like to know more about winterizing your apartment home, then do not hesitate to contact your apartment community management team–they are usually full of ideas when it comes to making your apartment stay better.