Tips for Moving Home at Christmas

Added on December 1st 2018

Despite it being what we think of as a quiet time of the year on the property front, lots of people move house at Christmas. Relocating can certainly make for a memorable Yuletide, especially if you do it right. Moving house at Christmas needs a bit of special planning to make sure everything goes smoothly, so if you’re going to be roasting your turkey in a new oven or seeing in a very new year, read on for some useful tips.

Book everything very much in advance

This includes your movers, cleaners, packers and pet-sitting service. Most companies tend to slow things down a bit so staff can have a few days off. If you leave it too late, you could find that the slots for removals and so on are filled simply because there’s fewer available.

Make sure your utilities are good to stop and go

As soon as you have a moving date, get onto your gas and electricity providers, because even if the worst happens and you have no Wi-Fi for a couple of days, at least you’ll be warm and able to see! Make sure, if you think that your Wi-Fi might be an issue, that you have some DVDs of Christmas classics handy.

Pack your presents and Christmas decorations in the same boxes

This means you can hit the ground running at the other end and get your seasonal spirit on without scrambling about between boxes! Moving and missing Christmas may well be just too much for younger members of the family.

Consider putting cats or dogs into kennels for the duration

One worry about moving home is that pets will wander off and get lost. If you’re moving in the winter, especially at a busy time like Christmas, then giving your pooch or moggy their own Christmas break might be the easiest and kindest way to do things.

If all else fails, book yourselves into a hotel or last-minute getaway

If it looks like you’ll have no Wi-Fi, gas, electricity and stressed animals and kids (and adults…), then bypass it all and look for a last-minute holiday deal. The movers can still move your things and you’ll have a few more days to find your feet.

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