Moving Home in Winter


Moving home can be a stressful process at any time of year, but if your moving date falls during the winter months there’ll be a couple of extra things to think about. That doesn’t mean moving has to be a hassle, however – in this article we will go over a few tips and tricks to help your winter house move a real success!

1. Choose carefully your removal company

The first thing to consider is the moving company you’re choosing for the big day. CWraight removals Kent offers a fast, reliable service and highly trusted in Kent, London and beyond. The good news is that moving at this time of year is often less costly than during the summer months, due to there being less demand. Just because the weather’s slightly less forgiving, doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from choosing to move later in the year.

Some people out there might be tempted to simply hire a truck and attempt to get the job done themselves. We strongly advise against this – driving a truck or van with a heavy load is always dangerous without experience. If you add icy winter roads and hard driving conditions into the equation, it’s just not worth the risk.

2. Preparation is key

Once you’ve chosen your moving company, the next step is to get the house itself ready for the move. If it has snowed recently, this doesn’t need to stop the move from going ahead. All you need to do is clear the snow from areas the moving company will need to access (driveways, doorways, around the house itself, surrounding pavements etc.) and then add salt and sand to ensure the surface left behind doesn’t become slippery. There’s no point in putting welfare or valuable items at risk when slips and falls can be easily avoided.

3. Pack carefully

Consider how you’re packing away all your belongings. During the warmer months, using cardboard boxes will suffice for a big move. However, during winter it’s advisable to use plastic boxes and bags to ensure minimal damage in the instance of snow, hail or heavy rain.

4. Ask about extreme weather

Before moving day, it’s also a good idea to speak to your chosen company about their policy in the case of extreme weather conditions. A good removal company will be flexible about postponing the moving date, or there might be a possibility of them holding your items for a night while you stay elsewhere.

5. Refreshments might make a difference!

Make sure you keep everyone motivated with a few hot drinks here and there. Your moving company, as well as any family and friends who may be helping out, will be grateful for a cup of tea or a hot chocolate to warm them up on a freezing cold day.

6. Set the heating up

It’s also a good idea to visit your new house the day before, if possible, and set up the heating and hydro system. There’s nothing worse than arriving home to a cold house, so to make sure you feel settled and happy in your new place it’s a great idea to get it all warmed up in advance.

If you’re looking for a friendly removals company, why not get in touch with C. Wraight Removals London and Kent today? We have over 70 years of experience in domestic removals, including over the winter months, and are eager to get you moved into your new place with no stress.