Moving house in winter can pay financial dividends in terms of the price you pay for your new home, and some of the home moving services you will need. If you are planning an international move you may find it’s summer in your home country but winter (and hence low season) in the new country you are moving to. So that’s another aspect worth considering when choosing international packers and movers.
Most people avoid moving at this time of year, particularly families who want to be settled in their new home for the start of the new school year in September. So if you decide to go for it, you’ll be able to negotiate harder as people selling in the winter are often doing so because they have no other choice. You’ll also be able to take your pick of the days for the move without paying too much of a premium for a week-end moving day.
Here are our top tips and advice for winter movers who want to get into their new home in the coldest season without too much hassle.
- Be aware of the weather – Snow might be nice for photographs and fun, but can completely destroy your moving plans. Check the long range forecast and always have a plan B in case moving vehicles cannot access your current home or new property. Remember you may still need to move out of your old home if the new owners or tenants are ready to move in – even if your new home is inaccessible. Check your removals company can store your possesions, for how long and at what cost.
- Be aware of the light – In winter it gets dark from about 4pm, so bear this in mind when planning moving activities. Unloading a van in the pitch dark is no fun and could be dangerous.
- Check your date with your suppliers – Let your utilities providers know your moving date in plenty of time, and double, even triple check that they are definitely going to have the lights on and the heating working by the time you get there. Even then it is usually a good idead to carry candles and matches with your.
- Stock up – Make sure you have enough food, drink and other basic provisions with you to keep your family going if you are moving to a house that might be easily cut off if the snow piles up.
- Protect your valuables – Remember to pack your valuables carefully and consider placing a waterproof layer inside packing boxes if heavy rain or snow is forecast and items could be ruined if they get wet. Alternatively opt for plastic packing cartons instead of cardboard which will naturally give better protection from the elements.