If you’re planning to move this winter, there are some things to keep in mind before you relocate. At EZ Storage® in Pittsburgh, we can help you find an appropriate self-storage unit for anything you want to keep safe before, during, and after your move. We’re also here to provide some tips for a winter move that will hopefully make your transition easier as you settle into your new home. If you need a storage space, please contact or visit one of our metro-area locations today!
Use Plastic Tubs
The last thing you want during any move is for your belongings to get damaged. Whether you’re moving everything yourself or hiring professional movers, it’s important that your items are protected at all times. During the winter months, when ice, slush, and snow are present, plastic tubs can be the best way to keep your things from getting wet and possibly ruined. While cardboard boxes can be suitable for some items, sturdy plastic tubs and totes can protect your sheets, blankets, and more from water damage.
It’s a good idea to buy tubs in multiple sizes so that you can pack various things into each one of them. Plastic tubs can also be easier to carry and to stack, which makes moving and storage even easier. If you have to set a tub down on a wet or icy sidewalk, you won’t have to worry about the things inside getting wet or about how you’re going to pick it up again once you’re ready to take it inside!
Check Your Vehicle
Before you relocate to your new house or apartment this winter, it’s a good idea to check your personal vehicle for any problems. Even if you’re just driving to the other side of the city, you don’t want your car or truck to break down when it’s freezing outside. Check to make sure your tires have plenty of traction, and that your car has been maintained so that it will start even on the coldest day of the year. This can give you peace of mind before you pack things in the car and drive them to your new home.
If you’re going to be moving to another city or state, then it’s especially important to have your vehicle checked by a licensed mechanic before moving day arrives. It might take you two or three days to get to your destination, and you don’t want to break down on the side of the highway, miles from anywhere. Be sure to pack an emergency roadside kit in your car, adding things like a flashlight, blanket, and batteries.
Transfer Your Utilities
Any time you move to a new place, you have to make sure to transfer or turn on your utility services. This can include water, power, and gas, and when you move during the winter, it’s especially important to check that all of these utilities are turned on and working properly. After a cold day of moving, the first thing you might want to do is take a hot shower. You’ll also want to make sure the heat is working before you arrive so that you’re not trying to warm up the house after the sun has gone down.
If the utilities in your new residence have been turned off for some time, make a point (if you can) to visit the house or apartment before moving day to have everything turned on. You may have to talk to your new landlord to make sure everything is working, and they may be able to turn everything on for you. If you purchased a new home, you should be able to access the property before moving day to ensure that the water, power, and gas are all on and working properly.
Rent a Storage Unit
If you’re unable to move everything into your new place in one day, then renting a self-storage unit this winter might be a good option. Perhaps you’re moving in with friends or family after living on your own for a few years, and there isn’t room for all of your belongings in your new place. Renting a storage space for a month or two can help you protect your things while you get settled, and you can put things into storage before moving day. This can save you from having to move things to your new place and visit your storage unit on moving day, making the day seem shorter and limiting the amount of time spent out in the cold.
Visit Us Today
If you’re moving this winter and need a storage unit, please visit one of our Pittsburgh locations today. Our staff members and resident managers are always happy to help however they can, and they will answer any questions you have about storage. We hope that these tips have provided you with some ideas on how to make your winter move more successful, and we look forward to seeing you very soon!