Moving to Fort Collins during Winter?
If you’re coming up on a move this winter, you could be in luck. Winter is generally the “off season” for many moving companies. This means more availability and the possibility of lower rates.
Moving to Fort Collins during winter can have it’s downfalls. It’s cold and you could have to contend with snow and/or ice. This can be hazardous for loading, unloading and travel. Icy roads and frigid temperatures can make moving to Fort Collins during winter a no-go.
But, with some tips and proper prep, it doesn’t have to be. Sure, it may be cold. Yes, the roads may have some ice. But generally speaking, you’re likely only going to contend with the colder weather. Based on statistics, Fort Collins has 3-5 snow days each month from October to March. So, by checking the weather and planning around potential snow, it is doable!
Whether you have to contend with snowfall or not, these tips can help.
Named one of the top 10 cities in which to live, moving to Fort Collins can be a great opportunity. Take a look at the list of tips below so that moving to Fort Collins during winter is easier!
1. Check in with your moving company
In Colorado, the saying goes “If you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes.” Generally sunny, the weather changes on a dime. A day predicted to be overcast can become a snow day overnight. To ensure your move is still scheduled, call your moving company 3-4 days in advance to confirm the date and time.
2. Keep the weather app handy
Did we mention the weather changes often? It’s a good idea to keep an eye on the forecast a few days leading up to your move. If it changes to include snow, you may want to reschedule.
3. Protect your floors
Snow is nothing more than frozen water. And frozen water, well, it melts. And that melting snow will track all over your floors. Take a moment to lay out some cheap tarps or towels. This will save you hours of cleanup after the move.
4. Turn off the furnace
It sounds intimidating. It’s freezing outside and you’re supposed to turn off the heat? Unless you don’t mind a high utility bill, turn it off. For several hours, your doors will be open as movers go in and out with your belongings. That constant draft will flow into your house and your furnace will try to compensate to no avail.
5. Clear the concrete
Before you move, make sure your driveway and sidewalk is clear of snow. Remove as much ice from hard surfaces as you can. This will help ensure a safe and expedient move. If permitted, pick up some salt at your local store.
6. Listen to your movers
Moving comes with complications on a sunny day. Moving to Fort Collins during the winter adds to those complications. Your movers are likely very experienced in winter moves. Consider their suggestions delaying the move or rescheduling it. Safety is the primary concern.
7. Tip your movers well
Moving sucks. There’s no way to sugar coat it. And moving in frigid temperatures or slick roads is worse. Your movers are enduring the elements to help you get the job done. And most are not paid extra during winter months. Take care of them.
Moving during the winter isn’t impossible. With planning and care, it is possible to do successful.