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Moving in December - your essential guide

Considerations When Selling Your Home Online During the Winter

Moving in December will pose a few more challenges and issues that may not be present when moving in warmer months of the year but the basic principle and guidelines of moving home will be the same. There is still a need to plan in advance, to go through the same steps when it comes to packing up and informing authorities but there will be additional steps it is recommended to take.

Check the long-range weather forecast

While the long-range weather forecast isn’t 100% accurate, it can give you a good idea about what the weather will be like on a particular day or days. If you have flexibility over your moving day, try and arrange it for a day where the weather is more likely to be favourable. Moving boxes and transporting a lot of times can be challenging at the best of times but if roads are slippery or there is a lot of snow, it can make the process a lot more difficult.

Check opening hours of authorities and relevant firms

Depending on when you move in winter, you may find that some firms have amended hours or that they aren’t available when you need them. If you know you need to contact a firm, check out their winter opening hours and ensure that they are likely to be open when you need them.

Due to the added pressure on the postal service in December, it also makes sense to give yourself more time in writing to any authority or organisation about the move. Failing this, you should look to carry out all correspondence online or by email.

Keep winter items close at hand

If you were to move home in the summer, winter aspects like blankets, hot water bottles and other seasonal elements would be packed away and not needed for any reasonable amount of time. However, when you are moving in winter, you want to ensure that you have all of these elements at hand. This means when they are packed away, mark the box accordingly and make sure that you can find these items easily after moving home.

When leaving your current home, double check all pipes, taps, heating appliances etc

It may be that the property you are leaving behind will lie empty for a period after you move out. You, therefore, want to minimise the likelihood of any issues arising. This means you should ensure that all taps are firmly turned off, that the central heating has been turned off and that there is nothing untoward about radiators or pipes. Once you move out the property may not be your problem but if an issue was to arise, such as leaking pipes, it may be that the owner would raise an issue with you.

Tips for Selling your Home Online at Christmas

Your new home may have been lying empty for a while, which may mean that the heating appliances or elements are not in great condition. Given the cold weather in winter, it is best that you check this as quickly as possible. If there are any issues, contact the relevant company and explain the situation, detailing the importance of the problem is resolved as soon as possible.

Quick tips to remember include:

  • Keep winter clothes handy and wrap up warm
  • Ensure you have the means to make hot drinks and snacks for people helping you move
  • Check out local area events in case there are activities which will impact on travel, cause road closures etc

Moving in December will pose a few more problems compared to moving in summer but with good planning, there is no reason to think that moving home in December should be a major issue.