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Cosy Moves: Keeping Warm and Organised While Moving House in Winter

Moving house during the winter months can seem daunting. Cold weather, icy conditions, and shorter days could easily complicate the process. If you are moving to an area that gets snowfall, keep reading for some tips.

With the right strategies and a bit of foresight, you can make your winter move not only manageable but also cosy and efficient. Here’s how to keep warm and stay organised while relocating in the heart of winter.

Plan Ahead for the Cold

Choose Your Moving Date Wisely

Winter weather can be unpredictable, so it’s essential to monitor the weather forecasts closely as your moving day approaches. If possible, choose a day that is less likely to experience extreme weather conditions like heavy snowfall or ice storms.

Hire Professional Movers

Professional movers are experienced in handling the challenges of winter weather. They have the necessary equipment to keep your belongings safe and dry, and they can navigate snowy or icy roads more safely than the unaccustomed mover.

Utilities Are a Priority

Ensure that all utilities in your new home are set up and functioning before you move in. Having heat, electricity, and hot water from day one is essential to a comfortable winter move.

Packing Tips for Winter Moves

Protect Your Items

Use plastic wrap and waterproof bins to protect sensitive items from the cold and damp. Electronics, books, and clothing can all suffer if exposed to moisture, so take the extra step to keep them dry.

Essential Winter Gear

Pack a separate box or suitcase with winter essentials and keep it easily accessible. Include warm clothing, extra blankets, gloves, hats, and scarves, as well as hot water bottles or heating pads to make your first few nights comfortable.

Label Everything

Shorter days and possible bad weather mean you’ll need to be able to find things quickly. Clearly label all boxes with their contents and which room they belong in. Consider using different coloured labels for different rooms to speed up the process.

Moving Day Strategies

Start Early

Make the most of limited daylight by starting your move early in the day. This not only gives you more time to work with natural light but also ensures you’re not moving things in the dark when temperatures are at their coldest.

Keep Paths Clear

Safety is a priority, so ensure that walkways, driveways, and entryways are clear of snow and ice. Treat slippery surfaces with salt or sand to prevent accidents during the move.

Warm Up Regularly

Keep hot drinks like coffee, tea, or hot chocolate available to warm up the body and spirit. Set up a small station with a kettle, cups, and drink supplies where it can easily be accessed without unpacking everything.

Settling Into Your New Home

Warm It Up

First things first: crank up the heat as soon as you get into your new home. While it warms up, start by unpacking your bedding and any winter wear you’ll use over the next few days.

Seal Any Drafts

Check for drafts coming from windows and doors. To keep the cold air out, temporary solutions like draft stoppers or extra insulation can be purchased ahead of time and installed on moving days.

Take Care of Yourself

Moving is physically and mentally exhausting, especially in cold weather. Make sure to take breaks to rest and warm up. If possible, set up a small, cosy nook with essentials like a lamp, blanket, and a good book or tablet for relaxing breaks.

Embracing Your New Home

Once you are moved in, take the time to enjoy your new surroundings. Light a fire if you have a fireplace, enjoy the view of the winter wonderland outside, and relish the warmth of your new home. Winter moves might require a bit more effort, but they can also be incredibly rewarding, offering a fresh start in a cosy, warm environment.

Contact the team at John Bull Removals for your next move during any season; we are here for you.


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