7 tips to best prepare and make your winter move easier

Moving in the winter months, it can seem overwhelming! Here are our top tips that will help you plan ahead and be well-prepared, ensuring a smooth winter! 

Moving can be stressful at any time of year. You know you’re going to be happy in your new home, but the journey to get there, all the packing, unpacking, and moving everything you own can be quite overwhelming. When you move in the winter months, it can seem even more problematic, but don’t worry, many people have successful stress-free winter moves, the key is to be prepared and plan well.

  1. Be prepared for a change of plan

The winter weather can be unpredictable, so you should bear in mind that things could change. A particularly bad storm could postpone your move, or perhaps the occupants of the house you’re moving to are delayed in vacating the property. Think through all eventualities and make sure you can accommodate them, perhaps by taking some extra days off work as a contingency etc.

  1. It’s never too early to start packing


One of the biggest mistakes people make is underestimating how long it takes to pack. Packing at the last minute is incredibly stressful, so begin as soon as possible, have a good clear out and pack up anything you know you won’t be needing until after the move.

  1. Get the new home ready before your belongings arrive

In winter, you could be up against bad weather during your move so be sure to prepare for this. You’ll have a lot of people walking in and out of the house and stopping to wipe your feet every time is going to really slow things down, so put down some plastic sheeting to protect your floors from moisture and dirt. If slipping is a potential hazard on your pathways, consider some anti-slip matting or a shelter covering the walkways.

  1. Protect your belongings from adverse weather


Be sure to protect anything that could be damaged by bad weather. Fabrics of course need to be well wrapped up, but electronic items are also at risk. Remember too that it may be windy, so ensure everything is well packed, you don’t want all your most important documents blowing away down the street because you didn’t seal the box properly!

  1. Remember to look after your movers

Even though the weather might be a little miserable, your movers won’t be, especially if you take care of them by offering them a nice hot drink!

  1. Try to keep calm

Remember, while a move can seem hectic, it’s a means to an end, and as soon as you’re settled in your new home, it will become a distant memory. So, keep calm, if any problems arise, try not to panic, take a deep breath, and before you know it, you’ll be all moved in.

  1. Get the help of accredited professional movers

Choosing the right moving company can make all the difference to your moving experience, so ensure you pick a business that is well established and has a good reputation. Columbia Movers is FIDI-FAIM certified, your reassurance that your move in the best hands.

We’re here to help all year round

We are highly experienced in helping people move home in all seasons and all-weather conditions. We’ll take great care of your most delicate items and easily move the heaviest and bulkiest furniture. If you’d like us to bring our stress-free winter moving services to your doorstep, then get in touch and we’ll be happy to give you a quote.


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