Prince George, BC is a city with four distinct seasons. We welcome the snow on the slopes and the ice on our outdoor rinks, but it’s not so helpful when you’re dragging your mattress out of the front door during a winter move.

With fewer people moving house in the winter months it may be easier to rent a moving truck, but a winter move means being extra prepared. Whether you’re hiring movers or moving yourself, the following tips should help the day run more smoothly.

 

Snowshoe trailPlan your journey

This is straightforward if you’re moving a short distance within the city. Keep warm clothes, hats, gloves and snow removal equipment in your car. If you’re travelling from further afield, keep an eye on weather reports and updates on road conditions (DriveBC).

 

Plan extra time for snow removal

Before you move anything out of your old home or into your new one, shovel the walkways and use salt to help clear the ice.

 

Protect the indoors

It’s easy to trample slush into your new home during the move. Put down pieces of cardboard or plastic sheets before you begin.

Boxes and other items may get dirty snow on them – have cloths available to brush off the dirt before it makes its way inside.

 

Remember to set up the utilities

It’s important to have your heat and water ready to go whenever you plan to move, but it’s even more important in the winter months.

 

Take extra care when moving houseplants

Indoor plants are very susceptible to temperature changes, and a sudden winter chill can be very harmful to them. Make sure they are well protected during the move by insulating them from the cold. If you have a garage connected to the home, use it to take the plants in and out of the car in a less exposed environment.

 

Avoid freezing your groceries

Beverages and food items may freeze if they are left for long periods in a cold truck. Be particularly careful where you store glass bottles or soda cans that may crack or explode under the pressure.

 

Insulate electronics

Most electronics are good at handling moderately cold temperatures, but extreme cold and moisture can be damaging. Make sure they are packed well to insulate them from sudden temperature changes, for instance by wrapping them in moving blankets.

See if you can fit any of your electronics in your personal car instead of an unheated moving truck where they’ll be less exposed to the cold. Remove batteries and storage devices and carry those with you in your car.

When you unpack electronic items in your new home, don’t plug them in until they have returned to room temperature. Some suggest waiting 24 hours to plug in electronics as condensation may have built up in the components.

 

At Team Powerhouse Realty, we wish you a safe and stress-free move to your new home!

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Pursuing a successful real estate career in beautiful Prince George has been an amazing opportunity for me. I pride myself on high standards, professionally and ethically, and I work hard to get my clients the results they are looking for. Home renovation projects are a passion of mine, and I enjoy discussing how buyers can adapt properties to suit their needs.

I like to tackle projects that are both creative and technical, and I’m often tinkering with Hot Rods and motorbikes. I also host a local radio show, which has been a great way to express myself. I look forward to the future and to working with you to achieve your real estate goals.

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Hi, my name is Chris Lodge and I am in my sixth year of selling Real Estate in Prince George and Fort St. James. I have always loved houses, whether it be fluffing, decorating, renovating, preparing them for sale or selling them I am in my element.

I am professional, knowledgeable and personable and I would love to help you sell your home or help you find one that suit’s you needs. I try very hard to offer my clients a stress-less, drama free Real Estate experience. I will do my best to meet and hopefully exceed your expectations of a Real Estate Professional.

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My name is Crystal Brown, REALTOR® at Team Powerhouse Realty. My career as a professional agent began in May 2015. Since then I have enjoyed many successes in helping people buy and sell homes.

I have lived in Prince George for nearly 20 years. During that time I have been actively involved in the community through my business and personal life, and have also taken on a variety of volunteer positions. I have built valuable networks and a deep understanding of the city and its people. I use that knowledge every day when advising residents and newcomers on their next move. Great relationships are the foundation of true success.

I continue to look ahead to the future of real estate with excitement and determination as I see many opportunities for growth in my business, as well as in my community.

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I am a long-term resident of Prince George and have been selling real estate here since 1997. I am CEO at Team Powerhouse Realty, a company I co-founded in 2007. I have a passion for helping people, and get great fulfillment out of negotiating the best terms for my loyal clientele.

I love sharing my real estate skills and knowledge with others, and am a Buffini & Company Certified Mentor. In addition to my busy work schedule, I am also actively involved in men's soccer, the Cinema CNC Film Festival and PG Roadrunners. I am also a RYT200 Certified Yoga Instructor.

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Like most realtors I began my real estate career doing residential sales, and since I live on a rural property I really enjoy doing the more complicated country property sales.

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Rolf was born and raised in Prince George, BC. A previous career in construction and current involvement in the mining industry provide him with an unparalleled insight into market trends and commercial opportunities throughout the region.

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I work by referral helping buyers, sellers and investors stay focused on their big picture goals while I focus on the details. Exceptional client care, current market expertise and strong negotiating tactics are paramount to my business. I specialize in family homes and investment properties.

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