Winter is rapidly approaching. Are you planning an upcoming move? Believe it or not, there are many benefits to moving in the winter months.

Beating the heat and mad rush of summertime moving can pay off—literally. Lots of moving and storage companies offer more competitive rates to those looking to move during the “off-season.”

Read on for some moving in winter tips and tricks that are sure to make your move a smooth one.
Keep an eye on the weather

  • Of course, this depends on where you live. The winter weather in your neck of the woods may or may not be a contributing factor to your moving day routine.
  • If weather is a factor, try to monitor the forecast ahead of your winter moving date.
  • This way, you can make any adjustments that may make the process run more smoothly if inclement weather arrives.

Pick the best moving company for the job

  • You’ll definitely want to pick the best, most experienced movers to take on your winter relocation.
  • Whether you’re looking for local movers or a long-distance moving company, choose a service that has a long-standing track record of proven success.
  • Research reviews and professional certifications or affiliations associated with the moving company you’re considering in order to make the most well-informed decision.

Start a “To Do” list to stay organized

  • Keep a running list of all of the things you need to do or prepare the day before and the day of the move.
  • Preparing this list will help you feel more focused and less stressed on the day of your big winter move.

Be budget-conscious

  • When looking for moving and storage companies, be sure to get an estimate.
  • Most moving companies provide a free, no-obligation quote to potential customers.
  • An estimate gives you a starting point for developing (and sticking to) your moving budget. Your move coordinator should be able to analyze all aspects of your move in order to give you the most precise price possible.
  • A pretty solid estimate can put your mind at ease, avoiding any “surprises” or hidden charges that you weren’t expecting on the backend.

Stash a “moving day essentials” bag nearby

  • Personal items that you will need during your first night’s stay at your new home need to be packed in a separate overnight bag for easy access.
  • Ideas for things to pack in this essentials bag include toiletries, wallet/money/ID, a phone charger, a change of clothes, your “To Do” list, and any snacks you may need.
  • Be sure this bag of “moving day essentials” stays with you and doesn’t get loaded onto the moving truck or mixed in with your other belongings.

Create a cleaning kit for your moving day

  • Cleaning your new home before you actually move in is always a smart move—not to mention much easier to do before all of your boxes and furniture arrive.
  • For “day of” cleanups and touchups, have a small cleaning kit ready. What should you include? Things like dust cloths, Windex, bleach cleaning wipes (or a more natural alternative), paper towels, Lysol, and more are key items. Having a broom and/or mop handy also never hurts.
  • For small spills or quick wipe downs, you’ll be so glad you thought ahead on this one.

Are you ready to start planning your upcoming winter move? Don’t wait! Call or visit to get a free move estimate from the pros at Excel Moving & Storage

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