Winter might not be the ideal time to do it, with unpredictable weather, icier roads, and more chills throughout the day, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be done. In fact, weather aside, it’s as good a time as any to move. The extra chill might even encourage quicker movements between buildings, so just keep an eye on the time and weather, follow these tips, and you’re good to go to your new home.
Agree your moving dates
First of all, you might have actually saved yourself some money already by deciding to move to a new home in winter, rather than waiting until spring.
Nonetheless, once you’re ready to move, make sure you agree on the dates with your movers, and especially with anyone who will be moving out of your new home. You don’t want to turn up to move in while they’re still in the process of vacating the property.
Cover your floors
With people traipsing in and out of both your old and new homes all day long, you don’t want to leave your carpets or hardwood floors in a poor state for the new residents – or spend the first few days in your new home cleaning up. Clearing the paths into and out of the properties, and around the removal vehicles, will cut down on debris being carried in on winter boots.
Use labels unsparingly
Give yourself and your moving team more time to do the job instead of spending minutes on end working out which box goes where. Don’t be afraid to get really scrupulous with your labelling, as it will pay off when you’re in your new home and looking for a particular item.
You could keep aside one box that contains essential items you’ll need straight away, like the kettle, favourite toys or bathroom essentials. For smart labelling and safe packing tips, this short video is worth a watch.
Insulate your electronics
These devices really don’t appreciate cold weather. Ideally, these should travel by car, where the heat will be on and they won’t be subjected to several hours of colder temperatures as they travel.
Transporting these items by car will also remind you and your moving team to take them inside – and into a new, warm space – straight away when you arrive at your new home.
… and stay warm yourself
You’ve probably made sure that your existing home is in the condition that its next occupants will expect, but it’s worth getting your new home checked as soon as you move in. Inspect the heating, windows and doors for icy draughts, and your roof for leaks or damage. This will be the first line of defence against the wintry elements for your property and valuables – as well as you and the other new residents.
If you find anything the slightest bit suspect when it comes to the exterior of your new home, especially if your property has a flat roof, then don’t leave it to chance. You can utilise flat roof repairs in Newcastle upon Tyne to secure the interior of your new home by protecting it outside.