Moving to a new house in winter might not seem like the best idea – all that ice and snow, the low temperatures or even just the grey days and persistent rain. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be done – you just need to prepare a little differently for a winter move than for a move at other times of the year. Here are some tips from the professionals on how to move in winter.
Make sure you get professional help
DIY removals can work okay if you have a small amount of stuff to move and the weather is in your favour. But you don’t want to take a chance during the winter when the weather will most likely cause problems. Often, you can get good rates on your removals costs at this time of year as it tends to be quieter and therefore companies are looking to fill their books. And you will often have fewer problems getting the date you need too.
Watch those weather reports
It pays to be prepared at any time of the year but during the winter, you can face potential ice, snow, hail or high winds which can cause problems for removal men. So it is a good idea to keep an eye on the weather nearer the time of the move and see what preparations are needed to handle them. And if you have a professional company involved, chat with them too – with quieter bookings, they are more likely to be able to move to another day if things are really bad.
Start the process early
During the summer, extended hours of daylight gives you a lot more time to conduct your house move. In winter, with short days you have a smaller window of daylight to make that move. That means getting started earlier, often while it is still dark. That way you can get the basics of the move finished before it gets too dark and cold on the evening. And have plans if the bad weather strikes mid-move if you need them.
Pack for the bad weather
With the British weather, assume it is going to rain, hail or snow during your move and pack accordingly. Using packaging that is waterproof is a good idea and also consider protecting against the changes in temperature. Fine china and glassware can even shatter if they go from warm to cold without protection so add extra bubble wrap and packing to avoid this. Also, watch electrical items as water getting into them can cause huge problems.
Protect against the weather
Finally, it is worth doing some basic weather preparation. For example, clear off the paths and driveway around the home if there is snow or put down grit if there is ice. Also, put down protection on the floors of both houses – even old newspaper or some boxes broken open can help as this stops the mess trailing in and reduces the chance of someone slipping while loading and unloading your stuff. And don’t forget to weatherproof yourself – warm clothes as the doors being open will let out all of the heat!