Moving House in Winter discussed by Ashington Removals & Storage
Spring and summer are the prime months for house sales in the UK so Autumn is a busy month when it comes to removal services. You may have made an offer on a property in spring or summer but if there is a big buying chain then this can create delays in the completion process and some house moves will end up being in the winter months, as well as the people who have planned to move in winter. Our Moving House in Winter hints and tips will tell you everything you need to know.
What are the Benefits of Moving in Winter?
During autumn and winter, there will be fewer buyers for you to compete with, making it easier for you to view properties and take your time when making your decision if you want to make an offer. The fewer number of buyers competing for homes means that the chances of there being multiple offers on a property are greatly reduced and this gives you the upper hand in your negotiations.
This also gives you the advantage of not always having to pay the full asking price for the property you want to purchase. The lower activity in the winter months often results in sellers being far more motivated to sell and willing to negotiate on their selling price, moving dates and what they will leave in the house as part of the legal sale.
There are lots of benefits of moving in winter and when you’ve found your new home and the legalities are in progress you can start to look for a professional removal company. As its a quieter moving time in the UK, you should have your first choice of Removal Companies, although larger and professional removal companies will have the resources you will need any time of the year. If you are looking for a removal company quickly then winter is a good time as they won’t be as busy and booked up.
The same thing applies to conveyancing and choosing the company you want to use which you may have been recommended or chosen because of their excellent customer reviews.
Estate Agents will be less busy as well and they will have the time to focus on your house sale and purchase.
What is the Role of an Estate Agent?
- Time spent valuing your property
- Focusing on marketing your property, conducting viewings to maximise your properties selling value
- Spending time with you when you are viewing properties so you don’t feel rushed when looking around your potential new home
- Handling any enquiries you may have about your new property or the property you are selling
- Liaising with the other estate agents and solicitors in the chain to ensure the legal processes are where they need to be with no delays
Settling into your new home is sometimes easier in the winter as you tend not to go out as much so you can spend more time at home unpacking and getting settled, decorating and getting things in order. We tend to be much happier staying in the warmth of our homes in the winter, so you won’t mind the packing and unpacking as much.
You will have time to get to know your local area and by the time summer comes, you will have a cosy home, be in a routine and be ready for any of those summer activities you want to try out.
You can celebrate Christmas and New Year in your new home.
A new home often needs new furniture and the January sales are the perfect time to buy new furniture for your home for a fraction of the cost.
What are the Disadvantages of Moving in Winter?
The bad weather, whether it is cold or wet can make loading and unloading your belongings more difficult, hard work and it can take longer in the winter months.
If you offer on a home in October or November quite often sellers will want to delay their move until after Christmas and the New Year.
Moving in the winter in the middle of the school year can disrupt your children if they need to move school.
It gets darker a lot earlier in the winter so you won’t have such a long moving day.
What can you do to Make Moving House in Winter Easier?
Protect your belongings by packing them in sturdy boxes with lids. A good removal company will be able to supply you with boxes and removal wardrobes which are made for moving and will protect your belongings from the elements. Avoid using boxes which don’t have lids or can’t be sealed as just loading and unloading in the rain can damage your things really quickly.
Make the most of the daytime light hours and book your removal company to come early in the morning so you have enough daylight when you get to your new home. A professional removal company will assess how long it will take them to load your belongings into their vehicles and will be able to advise you on this.
In the weeks and days leading up to your move always keep an eye on the weather as extreme weather can occasionally result in your move being postponed.
Protect the floors and carpets in your old home and when you get to your new home, to mud and wet being walked through as you and your removal team are coming in and out. Prepare for bad weather and ensure you have what you need on your moving day. You can use flattened boxes or dust sheets over your floors to protect them. An easy way to protect your flooring in your old new home is to split your removal team into two, one team can unload your belongings from the van and the other collects the boxes from the door and takes them into the rooms into your home, this way wet and mud won’t be walked through.
Turn on the heating when you get to your new home and check all radiators are turned on so you don’t get cold when unpacking. Don’t forget to take a final check of your gas and electricity meter before you leave so you have the most up to date readings and always use your phone to take a picture of them so you don’t lose them.
Pack your kettle, tea, coffee, mugs and milk in your Moving Day Survival box so you can get the kettle on as soon as you get to your new home. It’s also a good idea to pack some food, changes of clothes, pyjamas, towels and toiletries so when everyone has left you can relax.
Use a Professional Removal Company to manage your move, they will have the experience, know-how and resources to ensure your move is organised and stress-free for you, even in winter.
If you are Moving House in Winter and looking for a Professional Removal Company in Newcastle or the North East that can move you locally or anywhere in the UK contact us today on 01670 810289 and one of our team will be able to answer any questions you have or they can book your free removal survey.