Organisation when moving is key, however winter weather conditions can wreak havoc with any pre-made plans. If you’re planning to move in the heart of winter, removal vans can struggle to cope with the icy roads and conditions. If it’s through the late autumn period, you’ll likely have heavy downpours of rain to contend with, and even if it does stay dry on the day of the move, you may have to work through gusting winds, which may cause potential issues when moving furniture.
If the weather is against you on moving day, make sure you have a backup plan organised, just in case. Removal vans can find it hard to transport heavy loads if there are heavily flooded or snowy roads to navigate. The last thing you want to do is get stranded mid-move, especially if you’re in the middle of a lengthy journey. Make sure you plan well ahead and are able to deal with every eventuality, should the worst strike.
Get your car serviced.
Ahead of the impending move, make sure that your car is running well and has been recently checked over or serviced. This is especially important if you’re travelling a long distance to your new home. The last thing you want to happen is for your journey to be interrupted by a breakdown, leaving you stranded between homes in the cold weather.
Dress warm and have extra clothes in the car
It’s highly likely that, in preparation for your move, you’re going to be packing plenty in advance. When it comes to packing your clothes, make sure you leave enough unpacked to cover every eventuality, come moving day.
Set off early
The winter weather and early nights mean that the sooner you can get out on the road, the better. No one wants to be arriving at their final destination late at night, with the dark evenings and cold weather to contend with; so ensuring you’re well organised early in the day is essential.
You might have a well organised plan, with your belongings being transported ahead of you. Make sure that in your car, as you follow in tow, you have all the supplies you need, from maps and navigation systems (in case you get lost), to snacks and food if you’re taking a particularly long journey. Keep all your important documents in a file and ensure it’s in your vehicle, should it be required at any point during the move.
Make sure you have heating and lights.
Ensure that once you arrive at your new home, you have the basics up and running. The cold and dark nature of winter means your new home is unlikely to seem welcoming upon arrival, however having a prior recce and ensuring that your new home has both heating and lights ready for your arrival will help you to immediately settle in.
Clear the snow
If you’re unfortunate enough to have snow on the day of your move, then you should clear all visible snow that lies in your way and carve yourself a path to follow during the move.
Be thorough when clearing your driveways and surrounding paths. Use a snow shovel or spade to lift as much snow off the surface as possible. This will allow for easy access when carrying your possessions in and out, so be sure to do this at both your old and new property.
Clean the gutters
Throughout the autumnal months and winter months to follow, your drains can suffer badly. They can soon become blocked with loose leaves and if a blockage does occur, water can back up and potentially freeze in your pipes or gutters causing unwanted hassle for homeowners.
But this can be prevented. To avoid blockages, leaks or any further damage, it’s best to avoid the leaves ending up there in the first place. This can easily be achieved by fitting a guard over your drain and guttering to collect any leaves that drift over, and simply requires you just to empty it when it’s full.
Despite having to deal with the weather, moving in winter does have positives. The winter season might not seem like an ideal time to be up-heaving your life, but the season does also have a few benefits, as the market is fairly quiet and the reduction in demand can lead to financial savings.
Be friendly with your movers
For the duration of day, the tough aspects of your move will be handled by your removal men; meaning it’s important you keep them on your side. Treat them as an extension to your family for the day, as their help and assistance will make your move much easier. From making coffees in the cold to keep them warm, to offering them food and relief in your new home upon arrival, it’s likely that the more generously you treat them, the happier they will be to carry out all the little tasks that make a move niggly.
If you want any more help and advice on moving home during the winter months, please call us.
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