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We all know that the first dusting of snow can come as early as October and the last of it might not leave until March. That means if you’re a homebuyer in Canada, there’s a good chance you might end up undertaking a move during weather that’s less than ideal. Use the tips to tackle a winter move, whether you’re dealing with endless slush, sudden flash freezes or sub-zero temperatures.

Leave yourself more time. Many elements of a move can be slowed down during the winter, especially if driving conditions are impacted. Make sure you leave yourself plenty of time the day of a move and have a contingency plan in place if your move is delayed.

Be mindful of protection. Almost all of your belongings could be a risk in winter conditions. Electronics and glass items, for example, do not tolerate extremely cold temperatures. These may benefit from extra packing and limited time outside during your move. There’s also the issue of slush or snow, which can damage carpets and hardwood if tracked in during a move-in or move-out. Make sure you use plenty of protection on your floors.

Don’t forget to set up your utilities. What’s worse than moving into a new home during the winter only to find out that your heat won’t turn on? Probably nothing! Make sure your utilities are transferred well in advance, and even test out your heating and hot water in advance, if possible. Sometimes heating units have to be reset, which can take a bit of time or even a professional.

Despite the frigid temperatures, winter moving doesn’t have to be a drain! Make sure you’re being extra careful, have a contingency plan in place and ask your moving company what their policy for moving in cold conditions is to make your cold-weather moving a success.