There is a reason that Spring and Summer are the more ideal seasons for the house-moving process, mostly because of the weather conditions and how dangerous it can be. However, if it is vital that you move in as quick as you can or in the Winter season, you are gonna need to hold on to these 9 top tips to help you survive and be settled in ready for Christmas time.
1) Plan ahead
Planning for these potentially dangerous situations is a must - monitor the weather conditions a week or so ahead, plan what you are going to wear, how you are going to protect your items from the cold. Without this preparation, it means you are not ready for the weather you are about to face because it's guaranteed to be almost/below zero temperatures. In regards to general organisation, you can also prepare how you are going to pack i.e. what you are going to place in each box, what boxes you will use, what boxes need to be at the back and front of the removal vans etc.
2) Clear the snow
Despite this exciting process, safety is key. So, as your first responsibility as a homeowner, it would be a good idea to evaluate and take any protocols in order to ensure safety for your family and your removals team. Therefore, before your move in/out day, review the perimeters of the property, remove any snow and even place salt or sand down to lower the freezing point of the property. This will hopefully prevent any injury or damage to your belongings.
Labelling your boxes is tremendously helpful in terms of saving time and being more organised. Prevent yourself from getting stressed opening and looking through every box in the cold outside by simply labelling what is in the box such as ‘shoes’ or ‘kitchen utilities’ etc.
4) Prepare your car
Driving in the Winter can be incredibly dangerous, especially if you are carrying passengers and goods. Ensure you chose a driver that is confident and has a vehicle that can withstand the icy roads and cold temperatures. It might even be worth getting your car checked out by a mechanic if you are planning on making a long, or multiple, journeys.
5) Pack an essentials box
When packing up your old home, it may be a good idea to prepare a separate box and fill it up with essentials you and your team may need such as hot drinks, flasks, hat, scarves and gloves etc. or anything you feel you made need. After all, it would be better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.
6) Protect your interior
Whilst you and the removal team are bringing in boxes, you are also introducing wet, cold and potentially snowy footprints, which isn’t a good start for your new home. Therefore, we would highly suggest laying down some cardboard or any sort of protective material to prevent any damage to your floors.
7) Protect your items against the cold
We believe the biggest worry of the actual moving process is any major damaging to your furniture, and in particular Winter weather conditions, the zero temperatures can potentially impact the quality of, or even brake, your belongings. For instance, most electronic devices can’t withstand low temperatures and wooden surfaces can be ruined due to the damp etc. and no-one wants that to happen. However, there are simple ways you can prevent any sort of damage, such as:
- Wrapping all items in bubble wrap.
- Wrapping any electronic or wooden devices in old blankets.
- Wrap the boxes up in bin liners so prevent any damp ruining the structure.
- Label any incredibly important boxes as “Keep Dry”.
8) Talk to your vendors about the heating
If you are moving into your new home within a small amount of time the previous owners have moved out, it may be a good idea to ask them to put the heating on low, to prevent any extreme shivers when you arrive at the house. After all, it will make the property look more attractive if you enter a cosy environment.
9) Hire professionals
Last, and possibly the most obvious, is hire a professional removals company to help you move in and/or out of your home. Like we have said throughout this article, Winter can be a dangerous season depending on the severity of the weather, but even in minor conditions, injuries and damages can be caused. By hiring professionals, not only does this keep your belongings more protected, but it makes the process quicker and takes some weight off of your shoulders.
Here is a quick tip, book them early, as Winter is usually when removal teams are in high demand and get booked up, so you don’t want to be disappointed and left out in the cold… literally.
Thanks for reading, good luck on your move!