Moving is stressful any time of year, but as the weather gets colder and wetter, there are even more things to worry about when you are moving house. How can you keep your belongings dry? What if it is snowy or icy on your moving day? Winter does pack its own unique challenges to your move. But don’t worry, these moving house tips will help ensure your move goes well.
Check that your new home’s heating system is working at least a week before you move. Is there oil in the tank? Is it airlocked? Are the gas and electricity on? It is tempting to have the heat come on before you arrive, but remember the door will open a lot when you are moving everything into the house. (Although it is sensible to ensure the house remains above freezing to prevent damage!)
Pack winter coats, hats, scarves, boots and gloves in one single, large moving box and label it clearly. It can be hard to find things in the first few days, and you definitely don’t want to do without these essentials.
Use one of your packing boxes for things to help you warm up when you arrive at your new home, such as a kettle, tea, instant soups, hot water bottles and blankets.
Cold makes glass more susceptible to breaking. If it is cold enough for you to bundle up, bundle up your glassware too. Put your breakables into small, sturdy plastic boxes with lots of padding rather than in large moving boxes.
It gets dark early in the winter. Try to start your move in the morning so you aren’t trying to find your way around a strange area and unloading moving boxes in the dark. Before the actual move, check to make sure all the lights in your new home work, and bring some spare bulbs just in case.
Dress in layers. Moving a lot of moving boxes is hard work, so you’re likely to get warm, but when you stop moving you’ll get cold again very quickly – so keep those layers handy! Wear water-resistant shoes with good traction to minimize the risk of slipping on wet or frosty pavement.
Ask the estate agent about turning off the water if the house will be vacant for a long period in the winter. Irish Water recommendsturning off your inside stop-valve and draining all water from the pipes if a house is going to be unoccupied for a period during freezing weather.
Safety first. If a severe storm strikes on moving day, don’t risk driving if it isn’t safe. Set your moving date ahead of the last day you have in your current home so that you aren’t caught out if you have to delay. If you are hiring professional movers or renting a moving van, ask about their cancellation policy in the event of severe weather.
Moving in winter is a challenge, but there is something really nice about starting the new year in a new home. And when it is really miserable outside, it is easier to stay inside unpacking and organising everything!