Beat the Bah Humbug feeling if moving in the run-up to Christmas
Most people’s idea of festive fun doesn’t necessarily include the whole process of moving house - on top of the ordinary stresses and strains of Christmas.
With the countdown well and truly on, and the shoppers out in force, there is still chance to beat the bah humbug feeling that often comes hand in hand with a seasonal move.
Introducing some careful planning and thinking ahead, say Harrison Murray Estate Agency and the Nottingham Estate Agency (both part of the Nottingham Building Society), can help a smooth move - and increase the chances of keeping your festive spirits up!
Here are their suggestions;
• Plan well 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!
• Organise your packing well in advance - starting with the things that you are less likely to need straight away. Moving also gives you the chance to de-clutter and donate unwanted items to charity shops or appeals during the festive season.
• If you have a moving date, check the weather forecast well in advance. Snow and ice could have an impact on the removal company, or your own efforts in moving boxes and belongings.
• In all the additional excitement of the festive season, 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 and BBQs, make sure they are clean and ready to go (and not covered in snow!).
• The last thing you want to do is to go food shopping. Consider having an online order delivered to your new address. 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, batteries and bulbs 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 to. A few throws and cushions will make it feel cosy in no time.
Network property sales manager Richard Bocock says: “For many of us 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 spirits high - and think about celebrating Christmas in your new home.”