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Moving In The Winter

Tips for Moving In The Winter

Moving in the winter can be a challenge, you have to deal with unpredictable weather and cold temperatures. It’s helpful to make sure you’re prepared for whatever might happen. Moving in the winter is sometimes necessary and can’t be avoided. But that’s fine and I’m here to help with some tips to help the day go a little more smoothly.

Confirm All Details

It’s always best to make sure all details are confirmed with your moving company ahead of time. Because you might run into unexpected weather changes or there might be a lot of snow where you are. You might need extra time with your moving company. But the one nice thing about moving during the off season is that you’ll have lots of dates to choose from. However, it’s a good idea to keep your eye on the weather.

Keep Checking the Weather

In Canada we know that the winter can sometimes be difficult and unpredictable. That doesn’t have to stop you from moving. Watch for the weather and if it changes, call your movers and make sure they are aware. Check the weather conditions everyday the week leading up to your move. Things will be ok, we’re Canadians and we’re tough when it comes to the winter weather.

Protect Your Floors

Of course winter means wet boots and shoes and you don’t want to have people damaging your floors. A great way to protect them is to have floor mats at every entrance and to purchase some cheap plastic tarps and cover any floors you want to protect. It can get wet and you don’t want to have a mess, it might also be a good idea to have some towels on hand as well.

Packing Fragile Items and Electronics

When it’s cold outside it can be possibly damaging to fragile items and to electronics. When you leave electronics in a cold truck over night or in a car it will freeze. Once that item is brought back inside it will thaw and can cause water damage. To avoid that I recommend that you keep your electronics close and somewhere warm.

Same goes for an fragile items, since the cold makes them more fragile, they’re more likely to break. Keep that in mind when you’re packing and be aware of what you’re putting in the moving truck. That also goes for any extra warm clothing, you don’t want that to end of packed in a moving truck. Stay warm and dress for the weather.

Tip The Movers Well

We know how hard the movers work and how much harder they often have to work during the winter months. Dealing with mire difficult driving conditions and possible snow and ice to navigate through. Therefore it might be good to be a little extra generous when tipping. Show the movers how grateful you are for their hard work.

Let’s Find Your Dream Home

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Saving On Energy In The home

There is perhaps nothing more annoying than receiving a high energy bill, especially when you have had as many heat waves as we have had this summer.  While some of this might be obvious, we thought it might be a good idea give refresher on a couple ways to cut energy costs.

  1. Close the blinds and curtains

    While it may make it a little dark in the home, closing the blinds and curtains will keep the sun and any excessive heat out. This action will in turn prevent the air conditioner from having to run more frequently and for longer periods of time. If your home doesn’t have an air conditioner, it will also help keep the room temperature at bay in the home.

  2. Appliances

    Try running them on off peak times. Hydro companies charge less during these hours – check your service provider for rates and times.

    Also, if budget permits, consider purchasing or replacing your appliances with green energy efficient products.  You may also find that there are added incentives and discounts from manufacturers when purchasing such products.

  3. Power Bars, electronics and lights

    Make sure to turn off power bars, unplug electronics and turn off lights when not in use. You may be surprised at the amount of energy being used by them.  Making this simple change will help to decrease your energy usage, helping to lower your costs.

  4. Water Heater

Turn down your water heater! While  we all enjoy having hot water, you may be surprised to find that you can still achieve the water temperature you desire even with your water heater set at a lower temperature. Remember: keeping it at a high temperature requires a significant more amount of energy.

  1. Maintenance

    Maintaining your home, its devices and appliances play an important role in energy efficiency. When your appliances aren’t maintained properly, they don’t run as efficiently and this can contribute to increased energy costs.

For coupons and more tips on saving energy visit www.saveonenergy.ca.  This is a great resource for any home owner.

Ever Wonder After The Sold Sign Goes Up, How Soon You Should Start Packing?

What is the absolute worst part about moving? Packing! Whether it be the actual task of boxing something, making sure breakables are wrapped and protected or simply taping up the boxes, no one enjoys packing for a move.  What if we told you we had some advice and tricks that could help you with the process – good news, we do!

Jewelry

Jewelry is always a tricky one.  When it comes to valuables, personally escorting it from and to your new location might be a good idea. When it comes to the less valuable every day jewelry such as earrings and necklaces, consider packing them in old egg cartons, before places in a box.  This will not only keep them organized, but will also protect them.

Another great idea is to thread your necklaces and bracelets through a straw to prevent tangling.

Kitchenware

When packing plates, we would recommend purchasing a roll of bubble wrap for added protection.  This can be purchased at an office store or even the post office.  When placing the plates in the box, try placing them standing up instead of lying flat.  This will allow you to fit more in the box.  To give them added protection, wrap them individually and then in groups of 6 to 8.

Glasses and cups

Ever wondered what to do with that solo sock whose partner has somehow gone missing?  Use them to stuff inside the glass to prevent from breaking.  Other tricks include turning handles inward when packing to maximize space.  Another great alternative when packing cups and glasses is to use beer and wine boxes from the liquor store, which are free.

Clothing

When it comes to moving clothing from dressers and hutches, consider leaving the clothes in the drawer and protecting it with plastic wrap.  You already have to move the drawers, so why create double the work for yourself.  When it comes to your closet wardrobe you might want to invest in moving boxes that allow you to keep your clothing hung.  This will allow for a simple transfer back into the closet and save you loads of time.

Electronics

Electronic cords are a frequent frustration when packing and unpacking.  To keep the cords organized and to remember what electronics the cords are for, invest in zip ties and plastic tabs for labeling.  While it might seem like a little extra work at first, it could save you hours in the long run.

Packing always takes longer than you think, so make sure you start immediately – especially with purging and donating!