Winter Moving Checklist

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Are you moving this winter? Our team at Corken + Company wants to make sure that you have the best moving experience possible. So we compiled a list of tips and tricks to be aware of when moving in colder months!


Check the Weather (and check it twice!)

In the cold, and often unpredictable, winter months, the weather can change quickly and drastically especially in Colorado. We recommend checking the weather forecast daily in the weeks leading up to your move. We also recommend stepping outside on moving day to determine if the conditions are moving-friendly.


Be Sure Utilities are On in Your New Home

Nobody wants to arrive at a cold house on a moving day, and heat that is too low poses a risk for freezing pipes. Check with your landlord or realtor to be sure that all utilities remain turned on and can be readily transferred to your name.


Cover Your Floors

On moving day, there will be countless trips from the inside to the outside and back again. If it’s snowy or muddy outside, it can result in floor clean-up at the end of the day. Prepare your floors ahead of time by laying down protective tarps, and sheets and towels, that can be easily washed.


Have Old Sheets, Blankets, and Towels On-Hand

The weather can change in the blink of an eye during a move, and if rain or snow start falling, you will need protection for your furniture and belongings as they’re moved into the house. In the months leading up to your move, ask friends and family to donate any old linens they’ll be tossing, and add them to your moving stockpile!


Ensure Children and Pets are Safe and Warm

If it isn’t possible to get a babysitter or pet sitter for move-in day, be sure to have a warm, safe space for kids and/or pets to relax and play during the moving process. While it can be a great learning experience – and big help! – to get older kids involved, consider that there are a lot of moving parts in a move, and it can be easy for little ones and pets to get underfoot or wander off.


Plan an Early Start

While getting an early start for any move is recommended, it is especially important during winter months when daylight hours are precious and few! Plan to leave as early as possible to account for the early sunset, and be prepared for an extra day or two of unpacking the moving truck if you have an especially large move.


Lower the Heat on Move-In Day

On moving day, your doors will be constantly opening and closing, which can result in your heater working overtime trying to keep up. Meanwhile, your bill will keep unnecessarily climbing, resulting in a lose-lose situation for everyone involved. We recommend lowering the heat on move-in day so you aren’t “throwing money out the window” as your parents might say!


Pack Your Car with Essentials, Electronics, and Cold-Sensitive Items

Be sure not to put anything in the moving truck that can be damaged by cold, which is especially of concern as the truck sits out overnight. If including cold-sensitive items is a must, clearly mark the boxes that you want to open first. If possible, and you’re taking a car that will be temperature controlled, pack fragile items, temperature-sensitive items, and electronics in your car.


Plan Ahead for Parking

Parking in the winter can be tough, especially when inclement weather strikes. If you’re moving to a city, you may need to reserve a parking spot for your moving truck. Be sure to post clear, obvious signs,  alerting neighbors of the specific times during which you have reserved parking.


Ensure Your Internet and Cable are Transferred

Last but not least, make sure you have your internet and cable transferred ahead of your move. This can allow for snuggling in after a long moving day and warming up with your favorite shows!




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