10 Tips for Moving House in the Autumn and Winter Months
There is no doubt that moving house can be a very stressful time, and as much as you like to have things organised and structured, you can’t always plan when the move is going to happen.
But if your moving date falls within the autumn or winter months, then there are certain things to consider beforehand in order to make sure your new home is ready and prepared for the colder months ahead – as well as ensuring the move goes as smoothly as possible.
So we’ve compiled 10 handy tips to help you when moving house this autumn /winter.
1) Make sure you have heating and lights
Before the moving date, pay a visit to the new property to check that all the utilities have been set up correctly, especially the lights and heating. It’s even worth putting the heating on the day before, so you can be doubly sure that everything is in working order – plus the house will be nice and warm for you the day you move in.
2) Clear the snow
If you’re unfortunate enough to have snow on the day of your move, then you should clear all visible snow that lies in your way and carve yourself a path to follow during the move.
Be thorough when clearing your driveways and surrounding paths. Use a snow shovel or spade to lift as much snow off the surface as possible. This will allow for easy access when carrying your possessions in and out, so be sure to do this at both your old and new property.
3) Clean the gutters
Throughout the autumnal months and winter months to follow, your drains can suffer badly. They can soon become blocked with loose leaves and if a blockage does occur, water can back up and potentially freeze in your pipes or gutters causing unwanted hassle for homeowners.
But this can be prevented. To avoid blockages, leaks or any further damage, it’s best to avoid the leaves ending up there in the first place. This can easily be achieved by fitting a guard over your drain and guttering to collect any leaves that drift over, and simply requires you just to empty it when it’s full.
4) Check your boiler and central heating
Probably the most important of our top 10 is to make sure that your new boiler and central heating have been serviced and checked by a Gas Safe registered company. Not only is this important to ensure you have a warm, cosy house and running hot water, but also to make sure there are no poisonous carbon monoxide leaks that you would otherwise be unaware of.
5) Salt the garden path and driveway
Once you have cleared all the snow, you should grit the pathways and driveways with either salt or sand to reduce the risk of any incidents either with vehicles getting on and off the drive, or when carrying items to and from the truck. This will also help provide grip in other weather conditions such as rain, when the surfaces are also hazardous.
The last thing you want is to slip and fall whilst carrying your most valuable items. So, make sure you salt both your new and old property to ensure safety during the removals process and keep the salt and shovel to hand on the day, just in case there is another snow fall during the move.
6) Get your house insulated
The average house loses between 30 and 40% of heat through the walls alone, so it’s important to protect your home from heat loss by insulating the whole house. This includes; roofs, walls, floors, windows and doors. Not only will this keep your home warmer and more comfortable to live in, it will also make your house more energy efficient, saving you money on hefty winter bills.
7) Put up curtains
This might seem too simple to be effective but putting up thick, heavy curtains will help keep the heat in your house and block out those unwanted cold draughts from the windows. Curtains can be more expensive than blinds so you don’t have to put them in up in every room, but it may be a good idea to do this in the rooms you’re likely to spend more time in, like your living room and bedroom.
8) Double glazing
With draughts in houses being the biggest cause of heat loss, double glazing can reduce this by at least half. Double glazing is also a worthwhile investment if you use a genuine, trustworthy company as your windows should last you for at least 20 years.
9) Get your car serviced
If you intend to use your own car for the move then make sure it is in the best condition possible with all fluids topped up to the correct levels and tyres and brakes checked for tread and accuracy. Make sure you carry an emergency kit in your boot. This should include windscreen fluid, salt, water, a snow shovel and a blanket in case you have to wait for roadside assistance.
10) Have a back-up plan
Make sure you check the weather forecast leading up to the date of your move, and if it begins to look worrying then make a back-up plan to fall back on in case you have to reschedule the move. If you’ve hired a removals company then get in touch with them to check what their policy is on re-arranging. Then check with the estate agents to see if the move can be postponed due to the circumstances.
All of our top 10 tips should help you with your move this autumn or winter, as well as some general ways you can keep your house as winter-proof as possible this year so you can enjoy the comforts of your new, cosy home!