Thu 01 Feb 2018
5 Tips For Moving Home During Winter
Moving home has topped a Which? National Property Survey as the most stressful life event over having children, changing jobs and even getting married. Out of all the things that can go wrong when moving to a new house, most people will not factor in the weather. But what if you are opting for a move in the heart of Winter? Moving home in the winter months brings with it a whole new set of challenges so early planning is essential in making sure nothing catches you by surprise.
Let’s look at 5 tips for surviving a house move during Winter.
1. Book A Professional Removals Company
Snow, ice, heavy rain, limited daylight and freezing conditions are not an ideal move scenario so it’s important to take extra precautions when moving home during bad weather. Hiring a professional and accredited removals company to handle the move will not only take the pressure off you but it will help to reduce the impact of bleak weather conditions. “Research and get in contact with at least three removal companies that are accredited and approved by the British Association of Removers (BAR),” advises Neil Pertoldi of International removals company, Abels Moving Services. “Visit their premises unannounced as this will give you a feeling as to how they will manage your move. Tatty trucks and warehouses will often transpire to poor quality work practices,” he warns.
Professional movers have fully trained crews that understand and can plan for the risks of moving in snow and ice and they have the trucks and equipment available to do this safely. Calling in the professionals will ensure your possessions are protected from the harsh elements and they’ll also lay floor protectors at both properties to minimise mess. Removal companies can get booked early so it’s important to plan as early as possible to secure the date and time that you want to move to avoid disappointment.
2. Get A Helping Hand
Some removal companies offer handyman services as an additional extra at either end of the move, which is ideal if you are really pushed for time and wanting to get settled into your new home quickly with minimal disruption. This can range from help with cleaning, packing, putting up shelves, furniture installation and even car valeting. This additional help can make a huge difference at a time when you already have so much to think about.
3. Keep Aside The Essentials
When packing the contents of your house, don’t forget to set aside a box containing essential every-day items that you can use straight away when you arrive in your new home. In Winter, it’s a good idea to pack a kettle and lots of warm drinks, mugs of soup and snacks to keep your energy up. Toilet paper, washing up liquid, all-purpose cleaner, dishcloth, tea towel, pet food, cups, plates, cutlery, toiletries, bin bags, basic tools, a torch and an emergency first aid kit are all items that you should set aside.
If you keep this box with you in the car for the duration of the move, there is no chance of it getting mixed in with everything else. However, if it does need to travel with your moving company make sure it’s the last box to be loaded so it can be unloaded first.
4. Plan Utilities
It’s worth speaking with the previous occupants of your new home about leaving the heating on low so that you don’t arrive at a cold house. This will also help prevent pipes from freezing. Making sure that the basics are up and running on the day you move in to a new property will help you settle into your home quicker and ensure you are comfortable.
5. Check Your Car
If you’re traveling a long distance to your new home, ensure that your car has recently been checked over or serviced ahead of your upcoming move. It’s also important to check that you have breakdown cover should the worst happen. Finally, don’t forget to include windscreen fluid, salt, water, a snow shovel and blanket in case you are stuck waiting for roadside assistance.
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