Moving house is a stressful event at any time of year, but the winter months can offer a whole extra set of challenges to contend with. From hazardous weather to car troubles, colder temperatures and long, dark nights, moving house during this time might feel like an impossible task. While it isn’t the same as packing boxes into a car and enjoying your new property in the full summer sunshine, moving house during the winter doesn’t have to be an ordeal.
Just a little extra preparation can ensure that the relocation goes as smoothly as possible, so if you’re thinking about making a move soon, see below for our top tips for moving house in winter.
Allow more time
Winter weather such as heavy rain, snow and ice can all cause delays on the roads, so allow a little extra time to travel between your old property and the new one. The days are of course shorter too, so make the trip as early as possible to avoid unpacking and moving in in the dark.
Pack a winter essentials box
Most people pack an essentials box containing tea, coffee, some spare clothes and a kettle, but in winter you might want to think about adding some blankets, slippers, a hot water bottle, or anything else you need to keep cosy once you arrive. If you’re moving during December you could also add some festive snacks like mince pies to celebrate your new home.
Check your car
The last you want is to load up the car all ready to move, only to find that the cold weather means it won’t start. Check beforehand to make sure your vehicle has plenty of fuel, stock up on antifreeze and an ice scraper; and it’s also worth getting a professional service to make sure your tyres are up to scratch to handle the winter roads.
Protect the floors
Traipsing in and out of the house to load the car or van during wet or snowy weather can cause a lot of damage to your floors, so it’s worth putting down dust sheets or plastic sheets to protect carpets and wooden flooring during the move. It helps protect the floors for the new owners of your property, and ensures you won’t have any cleaning to do as soon as you move in.
Hire a professional removals company
Professional removal companies have experience handling all sorts of scenarios, and will have the expertise when it comes to carrying items correctly and safely in icy or wet conditions. Save yourself the stress of doing it yourself (or even causing an accident or injury) by hiring the experts to handle the move for you.
If you’re in need of professional and efficient removal services for your winter move, get in touch with Arrowpak International. Our comprehensive moving services include UK relocation, European removals and expert packing services, so you can sit back, relax, and let our team do the work. For more information about any of our packing or removal services, give us a call today or visit our website.