Come in from the cold
Moving house can be a fraught process at the best of times, but the cold winter weather can make the process even more stressful – so we have put together some tips to help home movers avoid the pitfalls of moving in those cold winter months...
Look after your removal men
When you are moving house, you are putting all your worldly possessions in the hands of your removals men so it pays to take care of them. Laying on cups of tea, coffee and soup to fight off the winter cold is a little gesture that goes a long way.
Salt the garden path
If you are carrying heavy boxes, the last thing you want to worry about is slipping on icy surfaces. Put some salt down to stop the path, driveway and steps freezing over, both at the house you are moving out of and at the house you are moving in to. If the weather is really bad, keep a shovel handy to clear away any snow.
Don't pack all your warm clothes
With the removals men going in and out through wide open doors, there is no point having the heating on and your house will get cold very quickly. Keep aside some jumpers, scarves, gloves and hats to help keep your family warm. A waterproof jacket is also a good idea in case the weather turns.
Look after your pets
The stress of moving can really affect your pets so make sure you take care of them. Take dogs for a good walk beforehand if you are moving a long distance and make sure your pets have enough food and water for the journey. Above all, particularly with hamsters and guinea pigs, make sure that you keep them warm.
Take care of your plants
Take special care of house plants, which will not stand being in the cold for long. Ask your removals men to load them last as you leave and unload them first when you arrive and consider wrapping them in horticultural fleece.
Get there early
Dark closes in early in winter so try to arrive at your new house early before the light fades. It may be worth keeping a good torch to hand just in case. Also, the earlier you arrive, the less chance there is of the roads and paths being icy and the sooner you can get the heating on.
Check your heating
Lastly and most importantly make sure you have the appropriate certificates for both electricity and gas through your surveyor and solicitor, the boiler has been serviced and the chimney swept. You need to be able to put the heating on with confidence it will work properly.
The important thing is to think ahead.