December is a busy month and coupled with moving home, it can easily feel like a logistical nightmare. If you have booked in your house move this month, you are probably wandering how you can make it as simple as possible for yourself and your family. With our list of top tips for a Christmas house move, you’ll be cosied up by the tree in no time!
Sounds obvious but planning is what will get you through the festive season, while also allowing yourself to enjoy it too. But be realistic, don’t expect that everything will be perfect on Christmas day, just make sure you have the basics in hand. A good place to start is to make sure you have your removals and packing company booked up first and work from there, if you set the date early it will allow you plenty of time to sort the rest. Professional packers will help relieve some of that pressure as packing can be massively time consuming. Find out more about our great removals and packing service on our UK Removals page.
Weather is unpredictable, especially around this time of year, so you don’t want to be caught out. Snow and ice are just some of the possibilities, and can make moving heavy items dangerous. Make sure you have plenty of salt and a shovel to hand if the weather does take a down-turn. It is useful also to make sure you have warm and appropriate clothing accessible too – so bear this in mind when packing. Why not pack all these essentials into one handy, easy access box – it will save you time having to route through your packing if you do end up needing them!
With a house move and Christmas happening all at once, it can be quite overwhelming for any little ones or furry friends. If you can get friends or family involved to help out this is a great option, to keep them occupied or distracted on the day of the move. But don’t forget to fit in some normal activities or usual traditions in there somewhere, it is important for everyone to have some down-time. For more details on this view see our blog post on a Quick Guide to Moving with Pets & Children.
The last thing on your mind is probably decorations, but after you have the necessities in you will probably want to see a bit of Christmas in your new home. So try packing a box of the essentials, that’s easily accessible and just focus on the main rooms of the house. You don’t need your home dressed from head-to-toe to make it feel christmassy, a couple of token decorations and some festive lights will work wonders!
Security can be a big issue specifically at Christmas time, and with so many distractions and expensive items sat under the tree it can make you an easy target for crime. So make sure you do everything you can to keep your home secure and your valuables out of site. A basic tip for your new home is to get your curtains up fairly early, making it harder for anyone to see into your home – a simple deterrent.
The main event for most Christmas’ is the food, but if you are in the process of a house move your new fridge might not be as full as you need it to be. Check beforehand for local shop opening times over Christmas so you don’t miss out. Or why not check out local takeaways or eateries, this could save you a lot of time and stress not having to think about the cooking while also feeling like you’re getting a treat! During the move it’s also good to keep some essentials to hand like provisions for warm drinks, a necessity over the winter period!
Shopping for presents can be time consuming, so make sure you get this done early to avoid any last minute panic or disappointment. Online shopping can also be a great alternative as you won’t have to leave your home to do it. You don’t want to add to your packing load so see if you can schedule deliveries to your new place, and then you will barely have to lift a finger! But just remember, if you are sending presents or waiting on deliveries don’t forget those postal deadlines. Give yourself plenty of time to order or send, to avoid anyone missing out on getting their presents!
The most important of all – don’t forget to take time to relax over the Christmas period! Moving is meant to be one of the most stressful things you can do and on top of the usual chaos of Christmas it can take its toll. You won’t want it to ruin your Christmas so don’t put too much pressure to get everything completely finished, you have plenty of time through the New Year to do that. Just make sure you have the bare essentials to get you through the busy period!
If you want to find out more about the Removals services we offer, or are looking for a Removals company to help with your Christmas house move, visit out Removals page or give us a call on 0800 917 1015.