Although the evenings are gloomy, the roads are busy, and the weather outside is frightful – moving home during the festive period can be a stress-free process if you’re well prepared for it. Whether you’re buying your first home this season or moving on to your next, here are some top tips for a smooth move during the holidays…
Book a removals company
With unfavourable weather, limited staff and packed schedules, removal companies can be difficult to reach close to Christmas, and this can cause complications with moving. As we reach the end of the year, companies often get booked up in advance, so make sure to ring up as early as possible and secure your delivery slot.
Years worth of Christmas décor can quickly turn into a festive frenzy when moving house, so it’s a good idea to organise and label your boxes of seasonal goodies so that they’re ready for move-in day. If you’re moving just in time for Christmas, you’ll likely want to have your decorations unboxed right away, so pack them where they’ll be within easy reach and won’t get damaged.
Prep for bad weather
Weather conditions are always an important factor when moving, and you’ll need keep an eye on the forecast while you’re planning. Adverse weather can cause delays when moving your belongings, so try and choose a day when the odds are in your favour.
If you’re heading towards a snowy or rainy moving date, protect your new floors from any wet and muddy shoes by laying down cardboard or plastic sheeting in the rooms and on the staircase.
You will also need to prepare for your journey, as trying to stay warm when the temperatures are low can be just as exhausting as overheating, so make sure to leave some warm clothes out of the suitcase and keep a jumper or coat spare just in case!
Get your Christmas shopping out of the way early so that you aren’t disrupting your move. If you’re able to, go through your present list and make sure everything is packed and sent out before moving day. The last thing you need when sorting and packing your belongings is a big pile of unwrapped gifts and cards to wade through. If you’re moving close to Christmas, it might also be a good idea to get your food shop done early by ordering online so you can avoid any last-minute shopping and queueing close to the big day.
Secure all valuables
The festive period presents many opportunities for thieves, especially if you have any high-value items or presents boxed up at the ready. Stay vigilant and ensure all of your belongings are safe while you’re moving. Never leave a door unlocked or a vehicle open and unsupervised, and keep an eye out throughout the process for any opportunists who might’ve noticed a moving van outside your house.
Spread the cheer
A nice touch for this season is to leave the owners of your old home a small welcome pack or note with some helpful information inside. You could write up some handy tips about living in the home – such as when the bins are collected or the designated safe-place for missed parcels.
While you’re at it, why not leave a Christmas card as well? After all, ‘Tis the season to be jolly.
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