Moving during the winter is always a challenge. There’s snow to worry about, freezing temperatures to prepare for, and hazardous road conditions to navigate. An experienced Colorado moving team will be able to transport your belongings to your new home safely, even when the weather is bad. But there are still a few things you should do to make sure your new home is ready for the cold weather before your belongings are delivered. Here are some of the most important tasks to take care of as soon as you close on the house.
Check for Drafts
Drafty windows are one of the leading causes of heat loss in the winter. Over the course of the season, even a small amount of heat loss can cause your energy bills to skyrocket. Before your belongings are delivered, inspect the windows at your new property for drafts and leaks. If you notice any, take the time to seal them up properly or call a window repair expert to handle it for you. The sooner you block off those drafts, and the warmer your house will stay.
Schedule an HVAC Tune-Up
The last thing any homeowner wants to deal with is a broken heater right in the middle of winter. Before moving in, schedule a tune-up for your new home’s heating and cooling system. This will allow the technician to make sure the system is ready to handle the cold temperatures without breaking down. They’ll also be able to replace your air filters during the appointment to help ensure that your indoor air quality is as good as possible for the winter months.
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Invest in Door Mats
Winter grime has a way of collecting on your shoes, the cuffs of your pants, and on the paws of furry family members. All that muck can take a lot of time to clean up, especially on wet and snowy days. Once you close on the house, measure the space around your entryway and your back door. Then, invest in durable mud mats to give you a place to scrub your feet clean before walking into the rest of the house. This will help keep your new home cleaner while also reducing the risk of damage to the finish on your floor.
Turn On the Heat, Even When You’re Not Moved In
No one wants to spend more money on heating than is necessary. That’s why many homeowners hesitate to turn on the heat in their new house before they move in. Unfortunately, this is also a recipe for disaster. Pipes can freeze and burst quickly, even with the heat at a low temperature. Protect your investment by setting the heat to at least 55 degrees Fahrenheit. This should be enough to keep your new house from freezing without raising your heating costs too much.
Moving in the winter doesn’t have to be a daunting prospect. Contact us today to schedule a free no-obligation moving estimate. Our drivers will make sure your belongings make it safely to your new house so you can focus on getting settled in.