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Winter moves

Winter moves

By Sean Ford | January 13, 2014

Everyone hopes for a nice dry and sunny day when moving house as good weather seems to make the whole process slightly easier. However, at this time of year, the chances of a good day are much reduced and looking at the weather so far this year, the chances of getting a dry day at the moment feel very slim indeed!

moving house in the winter

1. Keep an eye on the weather forecast
Forewarned is forearmed. Keep an eye on the local weather forecasts in the days leading up to your move. If it looks like the weather is going to be bad, then you at least have a few days to prepare yourself and your belongings.

2. Keep everyone warm and waterproof
During any move, it’s a good idea keep some essentials like your kettle, tea making supplies, snacks and any other items you will need to hand during the move. If the weather is looking bad, add warm clothes, waterproof coats, hats and gloves to your list of essentials so you can stay warm and dry while moving things in and out of the two properties.

3. Snow joke
If it snows on your moving day, then there are some practical things that you should do to make things easier for everyone. Make sure your paths and pavement at both properties are clear of snow and salt/grit them as often as is necessary throughout the day. The last thing you want is someone falling and injuring themselves.

4. Do it in the daylight
The days are shorter in the winter so think about your timings for the day. It’s a good idea to try to arrive and get most of the unpacking done in daylight. Think about what time you need to leave your ‘old’ property to get to the ‘new’ one while it is still light. This might mean an earlier start than you would like, but it is well worth it.

7. Keep the hot drinks flowing
Keep the kettle to hand and keep the warm drinks flowing throughout the day. If you have a long drive, invest in a couple of flasks and make some warm drinks or soup to take with you. There’s a lot to be said for the morale boosting effects of a hot drink on a cold day!