Don’t Let A Christmas Move Dampen Your Festive Spirits!

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. Save on packing by buying gift vouchers as Christmas presents.
  4. Label the Christmas decoration boxes if you are planning to celebrate in your new surroundings so that you can locate them easily.
  5. Organise your packing well in advance – starting with the things that you are less likely to need straight away.
  6. 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!
  7. 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.
  8. 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!
  9. If you are taking any outdoor furniture with you e.g. tables, chairs, BBQs, make sure these are clean and ready to go.
  10. 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!
  11. 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.
  12. 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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