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Top Tips for Moving House in Winter

Top Tips for Moving House in Winter

There’s no denying that moving house can be a stressful time for anyone, but when you have the turbulent, winter weather to contend with as well, it can make things even more difficult; interfering with the physical side of the move as well as the planning and preparation.

With years of experience in executing smooth moves all year round, Britannia Sandersteads have some handy top tips to share with you in this month’s article, if you’re moving house this winter.

Preparation is key

It goes without saying that you’ll already (hopefully) be organising your belongings into appropriate boxes, and packing things carefully in the suitable packaging materials. This sort of preparation is extremely important, but when moving during the winter months, you must also consider the weather conditions. It pays to keep an eye on the local forecast for your moving date. This way, you won’t be caught off guard if there is a sudden downpour of rain or snow blizzard, and you can take the necessary precautions to prepare for these conditions. This includes using the appropriate packaging materials, such as carpet and furniture covers, to protect your belonging from any unwanted damage.

Keep yourself warm

It’s important to remember to look after yourself on moving day. Wear layers, so if you do get warmer when moving about and carrying things around, you can always remove a layer and let your body temperature cool down, or add a layer if you’re feeling chilly. Also, keep sipping hot drinks to keep you warm and hydrated throughout the day – we’re sure the removals team will appreciate this too – and maybe a biscuit or two as well!

Reduced daylight hours

When moving in the winter, it’s darker in the mornings and the nights draw in much earlier too, so essentially you could be doing some of your moving in the dark, which could pose some difficulty. Make sure everyone is armed with torches (and batteries), so that nothing slows you down. Head torches are highly recommended so that you can still use both arms to lift and carry things!

Emergency bag

It’s always worth having an emergency bag to hand throughout the move. This is a bag of essentials that you might need on the day, which could include:
Food e.g. cup-a-soups, biscuits, tea/coffee, mince pies (if it’s near Christmas!)
Toys and DVDs (for those of you with children)
Towel, toiletries, toothbrush and pajamas (so you don’t have to go hunting around for them when you want to get straight to bed after an exhausting day)

Floor protector

Considering the time of year and the unpleasant weathers we can endure, consider protecting the flooring in your new house before any activity begins. Even if you just lay some cardboard boxes flat on the floor, this will still protect the surface from dirty, muddy and wet shoes traipsing through your lovely new home.


It’s worth speaking to the estate agent, or the vendor themselves if you’re in touch with them, to ask if they could leave the heating on low for you. If there is a period of time where the property is going to be vacant, then leaving the heating on low will help prevent any pipes from freezing, so you aren’t met with any nasty surprises on moving in day!

If you’re planning a move this winter, consider the experts at Britannia Sandersteads. As a fully insured removals company, you can put your faith in us to manage your move from beginning to end, ensuring all your belongs arrive safe and sound at your new home. Simply contact us today for a free quotation.


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