WITH many of us working through a long Christmas list of food shopping, present buying and family visits to organise – imagine throwing a house move into the mix?
Moving house can be a stressful experience at the best of times – let alone at Christmas. However, with some consideration and planning, you can keep stress levels at a minimum and your festive spirits high – beating that Bah Humbug feeling!
Here are 12 top tips from Allsopp & Allsopp to ensure a seasonal move doesn’t dampen your festive spirits:
- Plan ahead if you are using a removal company over the holiday period. The run up to Christmas can be very busy, and some companies might have staff shortages due to holidays.
- Use your Christmas cards as a way of notifying friends and family of your change of address, and make double use of the cost of a stamp!
- Save on packing by buying gift vouchers as Christmas presents.
- Label the Christmas decoration boxes if you are planning to celebrate in your new surroundings so that you can locate them easily.
- Organise your packing well in advance – starting with the things that you are less likely to need straight away.
- Organise a pre-Christmas de-clutter and donate unwanted items to charity shops or appeals during the festive season. Get the kids involved too – and make space for new toys!
- If you have a moving date, check the weather forecast in advance if you can. Bad weather could have an impact or your efforts when it comes to moving boxes and belongings.
- Make sure that your valuables (including documents, passports and jewellery) are kept in a safe and secure place – and that you remember where you put them!
- If you are taking any outdoor furniture with you e.g. tables, chairs, BBQs, make sure these are clean and ready to go.
- The last thing you want to do is think about food shopping. Consider having an online order delivered to your new address, and again – plan early as slots get booked up well in advance. Having a takeaway menu of somewhere close by could also be handy!
- Moving home in winter could mean part of the process takes place in the dark so check you have a supply of torches and lightbulbs just in case.
- Settle in quickly and start making your new house feel like home by putting up curtains (make-shift or otherwise) as soon as you are able. A few throws and cushions – and of course, a Christmas tree - will make it feel cosy in no time.
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