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Ultimate Guide to Moving in the Winter

Ultimate Guide to Moving in the Winter

Moving in the winter has got to be the most difficult move that I can possible imagine – mainly because of parking, snow, ice, dirt, salt, lack of elevators and whipping winds.  The OCD in me is terrified of salty, slushy boots tramping throughout my house.   If you are planning a move during  winter – here are some moving tips and hints to get you through the madness.

Winter Moving Tips
Winter Moving Tips

WINTER MOVING GUIDE

  1. Get Moving Help.  Right now is not the time to look for bargain movers who aren’t going to protect your furniture.  It may cost more initially but save you a bundle in the long run.  Hiring a professional moving company is crucial this time of year. Invest in a quality move team instead of trying to do everything on your own will minimize your time in the cold, decrease your risk of frostbite or injury, and avoid the chance of a friend or family member losing their footing in rougher conditions.  It is important to compare movers and use caution when selecting your movers by verifying their reputation for high customer service and a track record that supports it.  You can do this by looking at verified moving company reviews – not on their own site but trusted sites.
  2. Keep an Eye on Weather Patterns.  The temperature can change quickly in the winter. What starts rain can turn to ice within a few hours – keep salt on hand. Taking a bit of time to shovel and salt may save you a ton of money if the movers have to do this first or if they have to walk through snow to get to your door. Some cities and states do a better job of maintaining their roads in bad weather than others. For example, Massachusetts/Boston is used to extreme winter weather – it salts and plows immediately and regularly. North Carolina, however, only gets snow sparingly, so it doesn’t have the same infrastructure to handle snow and ice. Sometimes that means roads are not fully plowed or sufficiently slated.
  3. Get an Emergency Kit Together. Especially if there is a windchill of 20 degrees or less you will need some blankets, water, etc.  White out conditions can happen immediately in the winter and it is best to be completely prepared.  Things you will need: An ice scraper and a snow brush to clear your windshield of precipitation. Even if it doesn’t snow, ice can form on the glass if temperatures are warm during the day and freezing overnight.  Rock Salt/Kitty Litter
    A shovel — Have a shovel to dig out your tires, should you end up in a snowbank or it snows overnight
    Extra food, water
    A first aid kit
    A flashlight, extra batteries
    Blankets and warm clothes
  4. Make a Pile of Old Blankets/Towels Most movers will have moving blankets for the floors and protections for the walls but sand, salt and snow will find it’s way all over your house during a move.  Wipe any wet areas down immediately to eliminate the possibility of long term damage to furniture or floors. Drying rags and cloths are helpful when walking in and out of a house or apartment. Wipe up any rain to reduce slipping hazards. You can also lay down a few cloths for people to walk on so that they don’t track in water or mud. If any of your boxes get wet, a towel is handy for drying them.
  5. Unpack Wet Boxes Immediately.  Towels are a temporary solution for wet boxes. Even if your boxes dry when in the house the inside can remain wet and wet boxes that sit around for long time can start to grow mold. This problem may not be as much of a concern for easily cleanable items such as pots or pans; however, fabric objects such as your clothes may be ruined.
  6. Layer up. It’s important to dress warmly, even though you will be working hard on moving day. Consider wearing layers you can peel off as necessary. It’s better to start with too many clothes on than to deal with being cold all day. Make sure your ensemble includes a hat and warm gloves.
  7. Gas Up Your Truck Regularly. Make sure your vehicle has a full tank of gas before you put the first box in the truck.  If you are moving yourself, know that fuel lines freeze in moving trucks anytime the temperature hits 30 degrees or below – there is a special fuel solution moving companies use called Iso-Heet ( there are other brands as well) that help keep your gas tank and fuel line ice free.
  8. Call A Moving Company – There is no possible way you want to do a winter move without help – it is just too dangerous.  Hiring movers during the winter is imperative.

The hardest cities to do snowy winter moves in are below as well as local winter moving companies in the area:

  1. New York City – Try these NYC Movers
  2. Denver – Try these Local Movers
  3. Providence Rhode Island – Try these Rhode Island Movers
  4. Boston – Try these Boston Movers
  5. Portland, Maine – Try these Portland Movers
  6. Southern Connecticut – Try these Fairfield Movers

Having moved in the depths of winter multiple times, I can tell you it’s something that will definatly take the winter doldrums out of you – it’s something to look forward to and who wants to spend days moving when the weather is beautiful?

Instant Moving Estimate – Get a moving estimate in under 10 minutes!

Instant Moving Estimate   —  Get Your Moving Estimate in Under 10 Minutes!

It’s almost moving day and you have procrastinated finding a mover – You need an instant moving estimate – a fast, convenient estimate for the cost of your local or long distance move.  This moving estimator is a godsend!  Not just a ballpark estimator, it gives you a flat rate, guaranteed price based on your exact inventory. Most “instant moving quote” sites are just information gatherers where you will be called/emailed by lots of different moving companies.  Not only that but these are ballpark estimates which means they can change by the hundreds or even thousands if you are moving out of state.  Although it may sound great to have a bunch of movers call you with quotes- you will get called and emailed a hundred times a day – from moving brokers all over the country.  This instant moving estimate form is private and emails over a quote without the high pressure sales calls or emails flooding your inbox.

Instant Moving Estimate

Instant Moving Estimate

The Simple Steps to Get Your Instant Moving Estimate in Under 10 Minutes:

  1. Click the instant moving estimate link
  2. Fill out the city/state or zip codes you are moving to
  3. A second screen will pop up so you can add inventory – later you can access this screen to add anything you forgot OR take anything away
  4. Click Send
  5. You will have an instant moving quote sent right to your inbox

If you require an in-home estimate – you can schedule a on-site estimate right on the same screen.  A representative will be dispatched an you will get an appointment to receive a detailed, in-home moving estimate from a moving expert.

For more information on moving estimates and how they are calculated you can check our moving estimate blog post.

A Realtors Guide to Moving Companies

The Realtors Guide to Moving Companies

Having been a realtor way, way back in the day – I used to cringe when clients asked me for a referral.  I know what you are thinking – that’s one of the most crucial parts to being a real estate agent – giving people good advice – right?  Wrong!  I had the pleasure of taking my real estate courses by a broker  who scared the bejeezus out of me.  In my dreams – I could hear him chanting his favorite phrase “displace responsibility, remove liability.”  Essentially, explaining to us that referring a service/company/lawyer may find you in a defendant’s chair.  Well, that broker is almost out-of-business now and I have found a new calling.  I have been a part of the moving and storage industry for 15 years now and am excited to write the:

Realtors Guide to Moving:

Realtors Guide to Moving
Realtors Guide to Moving

 

To Refer or Not to Refer: 

Referring a moving company these days – is actually pretty darn easy.  There are a few moving companies that have really set themselves apart form the mistrusted industry.   Another bonus – their movers will actually sponsor an open house for your broker tour!  You can download a moving comparison sheet here – or send the link to your clients – it has all of the pertinent questions to ask your moving company.

 

Scenario: Your Clients Need Overnight Storage or Short Term Storage

In the case of a bridge loan or new construction, your buyers may need overnight storage or short term storage.  This is one of the most common moving needs – and storage is tricky.  First off, pods are not recommended.  After a few years, their reputation has taken a serious hit and the amount of people complaining about stolen items is too much to risk.  I suggest finding a mover in your area who  will let you keep your clients items on the truck overnight – it’s called on-board storage – a quick search moving overnight storage should give you a good list to start with.  On-board storage should run about $100-$200/night in the peak months.  Short Term storage will require two separate moves as well as a monthly storage fee.  It is very important to find movers that have clean, secure storage – you can always google map their location to take a closer look.

Scenario: Your Sellers are Moving Out-Of-State

This is your last chance to help your sellers out.  The long distance moving industry is in the middle of a much needed overhaul.  Long gone are the needs to wait up to 14 days for a van line to haul your customer’s belongings across the country.  Private long distance movers are doing this much faster ( about 4 days MA to FL) and are even less expensive.  How you ask?  Private long distance movers don’t load/offload items into multiple storage units/trucks.  They also don’t charge all of the typical van line fees like: fuel surcharge, mileage fee, taxes, tolls, fees for stairs, elevator and the biggest doozy – the shuttle fee.  The shuttle fee is added if a larger 53 ft tractor trailer cannot access your storage facility/house/condo.  Very common in Boston, New York City, Miami, Washington, DC and Los Angeles.

How to Get a Quick, Surprisingly Accurate Moving Estimate

Moving Cost Estimator
Moving Cost Estimator

 

Here is a quick link to a quick yet accurate moving cost estimate form.  You or your clients plug in the furniture they have and a vitally instant moving price is generated and sent to your email.  This comes from a private company so your information is never shared or distributed.

 

Ultimate Moving Checklist

By now, if you have ever looked up moving checklists you will find thousands – maybe even millions.  I think Martha Stewart alone has about 100 moving checklists.  This moving checklist has everything your client will need – from who to call to what to pack.  There are links as well to specific packing tips.

 

Best Closing Gifts

The best closing gifts are always gift certificates and/or experiences in your client’s new town.  And no, not to a home improvement store. Think dining experiences, massage envy, etc.  Another gift that keeps on giving is a subscription to a wine club, craft beer of the month club, etc.  This gift keeps your name and great service constantly coming up.

 

 

Moving and Overnight Storage

Moving and Overnight Storage

Nobody likes spending a bunch of money on moving and storage.  Moving is one service where a little information can save you hundreds and even thousands of dollars.  Lo and behold – I have a lot of information about moving and moving with overnight storage in particular.  There are a few cities and metro areas where moving with overnight storage presents a specific set of challenges, and those cities would be Boston, NYC, San Francisco, Chicago, Miami, Austin, Portland and other “college towns” will have date-specific issues – let me explain below:

Most apartments in major cities have a lease date that end on the last day of the month.  These same leases usually begin on the first day of the month.  Essentially, you will literally have until midnight on the last day of the month to move your items out and then at 10am-2pm you can move to the new apartment.  Moving companies in metro areas listed above usually book up completely on the first and last days of the month because of this.  College towns will have issues on 8/31-9/1  and May 30-April 1.

Residents that have bridge loans will also require moving and overnight storage.  A bridge loan is when a resident is selling a house and using the cash from the sale to purchase a new house.  This is very common and usually requires 1-2 days of overnight storage.

Moving and Overnight Storage
Moving and Overnight Storage

Moving and Overnight Storage Options

  1. Renting a Truck and Parking it Overnight – Unless you plan to sleep in or with your truck – this isn’t the best option.  First off, the truck rental facility will charge you for two full days which can be $$$$.  Also, they do not cover anything should your items be stolen, wet (if the truck leaks and it’s raining).  If you do decide to move and store your items in a rental truck – get a lock for the back – rental trucks in a driveway or parking lot overnight are sitting ducks.

2.  Hire a Moving Company to Move You with Overnight Storage –  In the past, moving companies used to charge customers per hour to store there items in a truck overnight.  Although it was a reduced weight while the moving crew wasn’t physically moving furniture – it was still not very economical.  Since then, there have been private moving companies that offer on-board overnight storage – or overnight storage that stays on a truck.  There is no need to hire a mover that will offload your items into a storage facility overnight.  The expense can be twice as much as it should because the crew will be doing two moves.  Monster Movers has locations in many major metro areas and charges $100-$150/night per 26 foot moving truck.  Hiring a mover that will do this is much more economical than paying per hour or paying for two days of a rental truck.

List of Moving Companies with Overnight Storage:

Moving and Overnight Storage Boston

Moving and Overnight Storage NYC

Moving and Overnight Storage FL

Moving and Overnight Storage RI

Moving and Overnight Storage Chicago

Moving and Overnight Storage Miami

Moving and Overnight Storage Austin

Moving and Overnight Storage Portland

Moving and Overnight Storage San Francisco