We moved in winter. It’s not so bad.

Some buyers put their dreams on hold for months on end, just because they’re afraid to move in winter. No need. Moving in winter isn’t so bad.

That’s easy for me to say, you’re thinking. But the truth is, I’ve actually followed my own advice. When my husband and I moved here from the Twin Cities on the last day of February in 2003…

It was the final step of a journey that had begun months earlier. Although we were nowhere near ready to retire, we were definitely tired of living in the city. It was time to get out of town. That summer our research began online, and with many evenings spent poring over paper maps. Then, in early September, we spent an entire week exploring certain corners of northwest Wisconsin more closely, both by road and by water. That was followed by more long weekends of exploring, and more studying of maps back in the city.

In November we called a Realtor. Before long we had an accepted offer and a closing scheduled for the end of February. For the most part, things went smoothly. Even though we ended up driving our own moving trucks, we weren’t afraid of moving in the winter. It was no big deal, and it didn’t turn out to be a problem at all. Except for one thing.

Most of our earthly belongings spent at least two nights in a moving van, and on both those nights the temperatures fell to around minus 25 F. Packed toward the front of one truck were several bottles of wine. Eventually we discovered that the white wines, which apparently had a slightly higher alcohol content, were all OK. But every single one of the reds popped their corks and extruded little towers of red wine popsicle.

Although it was a learning experience, it was not a tragedy. I’m glad we moved when we did, and I’m glad we were here to enjoy the arrival of spring.

So I continue to maintain there’s no reason to fear moving in the winter. Just remember this one detail. If you have an actual wine collection, you’ll of course transport it carefully. And even more ordinary wines should be protected from temperatures below zero. But if that’s not possible, you’ll need to finish your red wines before you move. It’s a dirty job, but someone’s got to do it.

Curious to learn more about cabins and lake homes for sale NW Wisconsin? As your NW Wisconsin Realtor, I’ll be glad to help you find the lake home, cabin, or waterfront property of your dreams. To get started right now, give me a call at 218-590-6634. Or, you can reach me at jeanhedren@edinarealty.com.

Here’s to a successful search!