If you’re planning to relocate this winter, there are a few things to consider. At A Storage Place in Wilmington NC, we can assist you in locating an appropriate self-storage unit for any items you wish to secure prior to, during, or after your move. Additionally, we’re here to offer some winter moving tips that will hopefully ease your transition as you settle into your new home. Please contact or visit one of our metro-area locations today if you require storage space!

Make Use of Plastic Tubs

The last thing you want is for your belongings to be damaged during a move. Whether you move everything yourself or hire professional movers, it’s critical to protect your belongings at all times. During the winter months, when ice, slush, and snow are present, plastic tubs can be the most effective way to keep your belongings dry and potentially ruined. While cardboard boxes are sometimes appropriate for certain items, sturdy plastic tubs and totes can protect your sheets, blankets, and other belongings from water damage.

It’s a good idea to purchase tubs in a variety of sizes so that you can pack a variety of items into each one. Additionally, plastic tubs are easier to transport and stack, which simplifies moving and storing. If you’re forced to place a tub on a wet or icy sidewalk, you won’t have to worry about the contents getting wet or about how you’re going to pick it up again once you’re ready to take it inside!

Examine Your Vehicle

Prior to relocating to a new house or apartment this winter, it’s a good idea to inspect your personal vehicle for any issues. Even if you’re just driving across town, you don’t want your car or truck to break down in the bitter cold. Ascertain that your tires have adequate traction and that your car has been properly maintained to start on even the coldest day of the year. This can provide you with peace of mind prior to loading your belongings into the car and driving them to your new home.

If you’re relocating to another city or state, it’s critical to have your vehicle inspected by a licensed mechanic prior to moving day. It may take two or three days to reach your destination, and the last thing you want is to breakdown on the side of the highway, miles from anywhere. Always keep a roadside emergency kit in your car, including a flashlight, blanket, and batteries.

Utilities Transfer

When you move to a new location, you must ensure that your utility services are transferred or activated. This can include water, electricity, and gas, and it’s especially critical to check that all of these utilities are turned on and functioning properly during the winter. Following a long day of moving in the cold, the first thing you may want to do is take a hot shower. Additionally, you’ll want to check that the heat is working prior to your arrival to avoid attempting to warm up the house after the sun has set.

If your new residence’s utilities have been turned off for an extended period of time, make a point (if possible) of visiting the house or apartment prior to moving day to have everything turned on. You may need to speak with your new landlord to ensure that everything is functioning properly; they may even be able to turn everything on for you. If you’ve purchased a new home, you should be able to access it prior to moving day to ensure that the water, electricity, and gas area all turned on and functioning properly.

Consider Renting a Storage Unit

If you are unable to relocate everything in one day, renting a self-storage unit this winter may be a good option. Perhaps you’re moving in with friends or family after a few years on your own and your new place is too small to accommodate all of your belongings. Renting a storage unit for a month or two can help protect your belongings while you settle in and allow you to store items prior to moving day. This can save you from having to move items to your new location and visit your storage unit on moving day, thereby shortening the day and minimizing time spent outside in the cold.