Moving to a new house is always stressful, but in winter time it can be a nightmare. The move itself is harder; you need to be more aware of where your warm clothing is, you can’t risk any issues with heating or hot water, it gets dark a lot earlier, and there’s the weather to contend with. No one wants to be moving heavy boxes and furniture in the snow.
While ideally, we’d all save our house moves for summer, this isn’t always realistic, and if it was, it could well lead to a collapse of the housing market. So, if you are moving to a new house in a colder month, here’s how to survive.
Check the Forecast
Weather forecasts are notoriously unreliable, so don’t take it for gospel. But it’s still a good idea to check. Try to find a few days where the weather is mild with no snow or rain.
Pack Winter Clothes Separately
You’ll want to keep some winter coats, boots and accessories out for moving day. Then, make sure the rest are packed in a separate and well-labelled box, so they’re easy to find when you need them. The last thing you want on a cold winter’s morning is being unable to find your winter gear when you are in a rush to leave for work.
Light is a big problem in the winter months. There’s just not as much of it. So, start early. While it’s dark until later in the morning too, at least you can make the most of this time getting the last few bits of furniture, like the bed you’ve slept in, took down and collecting the van if you need to. Then make the most of the daylight hours to move things across to your new home.
Organisation is the best way to simplify a house move, whatever the time of year. Write lists, label boxes and make sure you’ve changed your address everywhere you need to well in advance.
Have Hot Drinks Waiting
Either move a kettle and some hot drink supplies in before moving day or have them ready in a separate, easy to reach box so you can stop and have a warming drink whenever you need it.
Check the New House
One problem with moving in the winter is that your new home might not be ready. Especially if it’s been empty for a while. Try to spend some time there before you move. Check for roof leaks, frozen pipes, and any other issues. Run the hot water and the heating for a while and set the thermostat.
After all that hard work, you’ll deserve a treat at the end of the day. Order a takeaway and relax.
Moving to a new house is the start of an exhilarating new chapter, so don’t let stress decrease your excitement. Then, you can start making it look amazing and enjoy your life in it.