Moving to a new home can be stressful because of the disruption in your daily life and the new surroundings. Moving to a region with a colder climate can increase the stress. As you plan to move, you should make preparations for the environmental change, particularly if you are relocating to a cold climate in the winter. This will make a major move more comfortable.
If you are making a move in the winter and your destination is a place where cold weather is a concern, prepare your vehicles for their new environment. Fill up your radiator with antifreeze and make sure it tests to a low enough temperature for the area. Fill up the windshield washer reservoir with de-icing washer fluid and make sure the wipers are in good condition. Winter tires are also good ideas for your car or truck before getting to the destination. Keep blankets, water, a heavy-duty flashlight, and other emergency supplies in your trunk.
Research Utility Costs
If you live in an area with mild winters, heating bills may not be a major concern. In a cold climate, utility bills may be even higher than the cost of cooling in the summer. Be prepared for this immediate increase in spending as soon as you arrive. Odds are you will require even more heat than the locals do, especially if you are not used to the extreme cold. Research average utility costs through your new city's utility companies. You can save on energy costs by making your home cozier with heavier curtains and warm rugs, instead of the lightweight curtains and bare floors of warmer locales.
If you are accustomed to the climate of the Deep South, for example, then you may have always gotten by with light jackets in the winter. You may only have sneakers and a couple of pairs of dress shoes in your wardrobe. And gloves are something you probably don't think a lot about. When you arrive in the colder climate you will need a heavier coat, a hat and gloves, and maybe even snow boots. Buy caps, earmuffs, a scarf and other types of clothing that you can layer to keep warm.
Your pets are an important part of the family, and many people may not consider the difficulty pets have adapting to a new climate. Dogs and cats used to living outdoors in the mild temperatures may not be healthy living outside in the cold. Although these animals have fur, it may not be enough to keep them comfortable. Animals with thin coats may get sick easier because of exposure to the cold, which suppresses the immune system. Animals with thick fur may cope better, but if you heat your home they may also be prone to overheating while in the house. Slowly acclimate your pets to the new environment by taking them on short walks outside, and remember to try and keep them dry and out of snow or sleet if possible.
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