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Tips for moving home at Christmas

Published: 02/12/2020

No matter what time of the year, there’s no doubt that moving home is a stressful experience and if you throw the madness of Christmas into the mix, then there’s a chance that things could end in chaos.

But it doesn’t have to be that way! We’ve put together a list of tips to help keep you organised and stay on track, so you can enjoy the festive period stress-free!

Make a plan

Try to confirm your move in date as soon as possible and come up with a plan to make sure you stay on track. You might also want to make a checklist of things you need to get done before you move, such as changing your address etc.

Book your removal company

If you’re going to be needing the help of a removal company, make sure you get in there quickly! Removal companies can get booked up incredibly quickly, especially at this time of year, so get a quote and book it in. Once you have a date, you’ll then know when you need to have everything ready by.

Organise your packing

Once you have your moving date, try to start packing at least two weeks before then so that you can organise and declutter your things as you go. Adding labels to your boxes is a good idea as it will make life so much easier when you arrive at your new home. Also, be sure to pack a small box of essentials that you know you'll need soon after moving in, with things such as tea, coffee sugar and toilet rolls.

Don’t forget the loft! You’ll be amazed at how much stuff you accumulate in the loft so it’s a good idea to sort through everything that you may no longer need. If you are able to, bring everything down from the loft before moving day as it’ll be less hassle.

Changing your address

Don’t forget to get in touch with all the relevant companies to let them know that you’re moving and will have a new address. This will also prevent any mishaps over Christmas, such as not having any heating or hot water! You should also let your friends and family know that you are moving house and provide them with your new address.

Royal mail also offer a mail redirection service which can be setup for 3, 6 or 12 months at a cost, but its peace of mind knowing you won’t miss any important letters.

Don't forget your broadband! Most providers require at least 14’ days notice to move your broadband, or setup a new service. If you plan ahead you will have little no days without internet access which is so important at the moment with more people working from home.

Read your meters

Regardless of the time of year, you need to make sure you read your meters before you move. It’s another a small task that can easily be overlooked during the run up to Christmas and moving day, so make sure it’s on your list.

Do your Christmas shopping early!

If you’re able to try and get all, or most, of your Christmas shopping done as early as possible. With everything else to plan and organise, you’ll thank yourself later for getting your presents sorted before the big move – that’s one less thing to think about!

Keep your valuables safe

Try and keep your valuable items secure and within sight on moving day, this should mean it’s a lot less likely for anything important to go missing during the move. The same goes for any Christmas gifts, try and keep them all in designated boxes, so that no presents go walkabouts before the big day.

Don’t forget to celebrate!

Once all the hard work is done and you’re all moved into your new home, don’t forget to make the most of the festive period and enjoy your first Christmas in your new home - it’s the most wonderful time of the year, after all!