The winter scene in the Foothills is incomparable in my opinion. Sure, as an Okotoks Realtor I'm somewhat bias but it also provides me with insight as to the various reasons that households from all over the country seek a home in Okotoks to lay their future foundation. One of those reasons is the changing seasons and within it, the arrival of winter being the highlight for many.
As November passes into December it is a near certainty that anyone taking possession of their new home at month's end will be doing so on a "snow day". Even if sunny the sun's rays will only serve to shine on the quartz-like snow crystals and powder left over from a recent dusting. While the benefits are numerous (picturesque setting, skiing, snowball fights, etc...) snowfall can in fact present a challenge for those moving out of an old home and into the new. In the spirit of delivering my readers with advice regarding all things related to Foothills real estate I am providing you with a few useful tips to get you through the moving process when moving into your new Okotoks home in the midst of snow.
5 Tips for Okotoks Residents Moving in the Snow
1. Shovel & Salt Before the Day of the Move
For the safety of anyone helping you out on your home to home relocation, and to make the move more efficient, it is highly recommended to ensure that your current home and your new home will have clear paths from entry to where vehicles will be parked for loading, and vice versa. Beginning days before, thoroughly shovel all walkways and steps and treat them with a heavy coat of salt-melt to prepare the areas for unanticipated snowfall the next night/day.
2. Make Sure Your Utilities Are On
You don't want either your current home or new home to be without heat, light, and hot water on moving day when the frostbite of snowfall is nipping all who pass through. Ensure that your utilities are running in both places to keep the comfort level of all involved up. If your new home has a fireplace you will want the fireplace to have passed inspection (swept and clean!) days before so that you can light a cozy fire while unloading and unpacking your possessions as you take official possession of your new residence.
3. Dress for Snow Day Moving Success
Baby it's cold outside so it goes without saying to dress the part BUT it should be noted that when performing the "indoor" portion of the household relocation you will likely work up a sweat. Thus, instead of adorning extremely thick turtleneck sweaters and the like opt to dress in multiple layers instead so that you can pack-on when outdoors and strip-down with ease when inside.
4. Turn Your Moving Vehicle into a Snowplow
OK, so you don't quite need to visit our local custom car detailing shop to turn your vehicle into an actual snowplow, but you do need to make it winter element ready. That means snow tires/chains and a fully stocked trunk of anti-freeze, cables, flares, scrapers, an extra tank of gas, and emergency blankets (heavens forbid you stall on the highway). Also, be sure to have any vehicles used in the moving process tuned-up by your local trusted mechanic to prepare them for the season, and moving day.
5. Serve Hot Coffee, Hot Chocolate, and More
In the summer it's a cooler full of ice-tea and Kokanee (for those not driving) and in the winter it's all about serving your moving day helpers with coffee and hot chocolate. Keep a steady supply of these warm and cozy beverages flowing and the work will run smooth. Also tempt all (of age) involved with a more "spirited" promise of seasonal rum & eggnog or hot Glühwein. Once the major portion of the relocation is complete you can gather around that new fireplace of yours and enjoy a toasty beverage with friends and loved ones - the perfect house warming scenario.
Keep up to date with the weather forecast for Okotoks and follow the above tips and your moving day during a Foothills winter will go better than planned. For any other questions regarding Okotoks real estate please contact me anytime.