Winter house moves sometimes require a little more thinking out. The weather can pose a few problems if you’re not entirely prepared for all eventualities. Here are our five top tips on surviving a winter move:
1. Heavy rain poses a greater chance of boxes becoming soaked and breaking, potentially damaging the contents. Opt for professional grade packing cartons. It’ll be worth ensuring your possessions are as safe as possible. Similarly, furniture should be protected with the appropriate coverings to minimise damage during transit and also to protect the upholstery when carrying to and from the van.
2. Keep a separate box for essentials that you can access on the day itself and include in this a kettle, tea bags and coffee and long life milk. Having the means to make hot drinks will be something you, and the removal crew, will really appreciate on the day.
3. Don’t forget that the nights will draw in earlier during the winter. It’s very likely that the removal crew will be unloading the van in the darkness. If you anticipate that the path from the van to the property isn’t going to be well lit, try to arrange some form of outdoor lighting if you can.
4. When it comes to unpacking, it’s well worth prioritising the hanging of curtains. These will act as a form of insulation and will help keep the property warmer.
5. Don’t overlooked preparing your own vehicle for travel. It’s easy to overlook this on moving day, but is important to do all the usual safety checks that you would for any winter travel. Ensure you have ample fuel, the windscreen wash is topped up and the usual winter driving equipment; de-icer and an ice-scraper is in the vehicle. If there is a risk of snow, have a snow shovel.