Moving home can prove a challenge at the best of times and the majority of house moves take place during the warmer months. Despite this, house moves take place all year round which means that moving during winter is a possibility. However, moving during winter does come with certain considerations.
Don’t Put Off a Winter Move
Sure, it’s going to be colder and darker. The wind and rain could be howling too but don’t be afraid of moving during the winter months. The reason for this is that you can often make great savings when moving during this period. This is because removal companies will often offer lower prices for winter moves. This is all about supply and demand and with fewer moves taking place during winter, you can take advantage of some discounts.
Prepare for Delays
With the summer comes warm sunny days and more daylight. With winter you get the opposite which means that you are really up against it. Therefore, it makes sense to prepare for delays. You’ll need to prepare for darkness at around 4 pm which means you don’t want to be moving after this time as it can bring with it a range of problems. So, expect the move to take longer because of the lack of time to move during daylight.
You could also be prepared for delays as a result of the weather. Heavy rain can cause flooding, snow and ice can cause traffic jams which means that the move takes more time. All of these crucial factors have to be considered when it comes to preparing for delays.
You’ll Need to be Organised
Any move requires a military-like organisation. When you remain organised, everything will move a lot easier, the move will be faster and you can save money too. So, consider going through your items to determine what you can throw out and you should make sure you have all of your boxes labelled with a plan of where they are going.
With the cold weather having an impact, ensuring everything moves efficiently is crucial. However, you are still going to need to make sure that everything is in place. This will mean packing your own items that will travel with you so you can quickly access them when you arrive in your new home such as medication, clothes and paperwork.
Make Both Properties Safe
The winter weather poses a whole range of risks because it can cause significant problems. However, if snow and ice are present then it’s time to make sure that you ensure the safety of everyone who will be in and around your property. With ice and snow, paths and steps can become slippery so make sure that you put some salt and grit down on all pathways, including driveways and even pavements. Consider every access of your property to be a risk, so make sure you cover all areas with salt and grit. You’ll need to make sure that you do this for your old property and your new one.
If there is light snow, you might have to consider shovelling it away so the removal vans can gain access to.
Protect Your Floors
With wet pathways and muddy areas, your removal team is likely to pick up a lot of dirt on their shoes. Even melting snow and ice can become messy so you’re going to need to protect your floor. Find out if your removal company will provide floor protection. If not you’ll need to purchase some as it will help to protect your new floors.
Turn off Your Heating on Moving Day
It might be freezing outside which means that naturally, you will want to make sure that your home is warm but there is very little point when moving. With your removal company in and out of your property, any heat will be lost and if you do choose to put your heating, it’s going to be working overtime battling the cold temperature, so it’s best to turn it off.
Around a week before your move, make sure you give your removal company a call just to confirm all details. It’s important to do this as you don’t want any problems or delays on the day. Something as simple as spending a few minutes checking details could potentially save you hours on moving day if something is not right. There are many things that can cause you to panic and have to try and book in a last minute house removal.
Use a Reputable Removal Company
If you want your move to take place efficiently and problem-free then it’s time to make sure that you choose the right company. You want a company that offers a good price, takes care of the specifics and offers a service that efficiently moves your belongings safely and securely.