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How to Prepare for Moving Home in Winter

Posted on December 12, 2022 by Peter Donaldson
How to Prepare for Moving Home in Winter

While most people prefer moving during spring or summer, we don’t always have the luxury of choice.  Winter is by far the least popular season to relocate during, and it’s easy to see why. The weather is harsher and there’s less daylight hours to work with. This can lead to more hazardous moving conditions, and safeguarding your possession is vitally important. 

That’s why it’s crucial to understand what you’re up against and how to navigate a winter relocation. This includes planning thoroughly and accounting for colder and wetter conditions. We’ll discuss a six-step preparation for your upcoming move this winter without it causing any undue stress or problems.

Contents

Step One – Start Your Moving Preparation Today

Step Two – Declutter Your Possessions Before the Move

Step Three – Create a Moving Checklist and Contact List

Step Four – Separate Delicate and Vulnerable Items

Step Five – Protect Interior Walls and Floors

Step Six – Work with a Professional Moving Company

Camp Hopson – Berkshire’s Safe Bet for a Winter Relocation

Step One – Start Your Moving Preparation Today

Once you can confirm that your relocation is going ahead, there’s no time to rest on your laurels. You might think there’s plenty of time for you to get everything ready. When you have a busy home and work life, the days and weeks fly by. Before you know it, the final week is next week, and you don’t have a moving company in place, let alone started packing. 

If you’re relocating in winter. There are other unique seasonal aspects to contend with that you need to prepare for. The colder temperatures and earlier sunset make organising heavier going. That’s why you should try and get more done in the weeks leading up to the move. You won’t have to rush around doing everything at the last minute. 

In practical terms, you’ll need the day light for moving and taking apart bulky furniture. It’s likely this can only happen in the lead up to the relocation day. So, clear as many other tasks as possible to leave the trickier stuff until last. Now we’ll look at ways to reduce the total volume of items you’re moving with. 

Step Two – Declutter Your Possessions Before the Move

There are many benefits to reducing the number of items you’re moving with instead of boxing everything up without checking. If you manage to do this step thoroughly, you might save money with a smaller removal package. Plus, the primary advantage of decluttering is that you won’t be taking your problems with you. It’s better to start with a clutter-free home and get rid of what you no longer use. 

It’s not everyone’s favourite duty – some might run to the hills at the thought of having to declutter their home. Other will aim to blast through it in a few days or a week to get it over with. Truth is, as long as you set a deadline, it’s completely up to you. We normally suggest between two and four weeks from start to finish, but the main thing is to agree a completion date. 

You can do it in a sustainable way by reducing the chances of anything going to a landfill. If the items are still in a good condition, you can sell them online or donate to a local charity. The next option is to repurpose or reuse items for other functions, but only do this if it’s sensible. It can often be an excuse to keep things for the sake of it. Otherwise, use one of Berkshire’s many recycling points or to an upcycling organisation.

Step Three – Create a Moving Checklist and Contact List

The chaotic nature of organisation a relocation means it’s almost impossible to remember everything. It would be fine if you could focus on the move but there’s work and family time to consider. That leaves you juggling and balancing your life while planning your move. And that’s why people forget important tasks – you have too many different things happening simultaneously. 

That’s why it’s crucial that you create a moving checklist. If you click here, you can get inspiration from our checklist, and we encourage you to adapt it by adding or removing parts that align with your situation. Your list must include every duty, both for the lead-up, the moving day and after you settle in. You can then use in conjunction with a blank calendar where you assign tasks per day and week to help outline your progress. 

Then you can add another section to the list with contact information for updating people and service provider with your change of address. Before you move, you’ll need to inform anyone who has your details. The main priorities are your gas and electricity supplier, and you’ll give them your meter readings. Additionally, it’s crucial that you notify the relevant council department of your date of departure to avoid issues with council tax and other rates. 

Step Four – Separate Delicate and Vulnerable Items

Regardless of the season, we always suggest setting aside your delicate objects when packing. That’s because they need to go in the moving van last, so they come out first. This helps to reduce the chances of colliding with bulkier furniture in transit. And you can add more layers of wrapping or take them in your car separately. 

The winter weather conditions are going to have more of an impact on how you go-about the moving day. There’s a higher chance of rain and snow downpours, which require additional preparation, not to mention the increased chances of slipping when loading and unpacking. That’s why you need to work with movers who have adequate provisions and knowledge of dealing with winter relocations. 

Choosing a professional removal company is the way to go to dealing with potential problems before they happen. Camp Hopson has been performing winter relocations for decades, and we have the right collective experience and equipment to tackle any job. We move people and businesses all year around, including the winter months. That mean your possessions are in safe hands, even under hazardous conditions.

Step Five – Protect Interior Walls and Floors

Following on from the previous section, you need to understand the additional risks of moving in winter. This is both from what you’ll deal with outside and inside your home. It’s almost impossible to prevent bringing water in while you organise and pack. With that in mind – we need to source and use protective floor coverings. 

Similarly, your walls and ceilings may need some form of additional covering to avoid damage when moving furniture and appliances. You might be scratching your head about where to start with all this. If you’re planning a DIY relocation, speak to your local hardware store or look online for suggestions. But we always suggest using a reputable moving company to avoid any complications. 

That’s because any moving company worth their salt will provide this as part of the service. And if you book with Camp Hopson, we’ll undertake a thorough assessment of your needs. If needs be, we’ll head to your home to do an onsite inspection. We pay attention to the details to ensure we protect internal surfaces. 

Step Six – Work with a Professional Moving Company

Hiring a reliable removal company sounds good but how would you find one? It’s an excellent question because there are hundreds to choose from in Berkshire and the surrounding areas. In the past, you would rely on word-of-mouth recommendations. And most of us remember flicking through the phonebook and hoping for the best. 

Luckily, you no longer need to leave it to chance – it’s possible to vet any prospective moving company before booking them. Any business that’s listed on Google is subject to customer reviews. Previous clients can leave a score out of five and a written review, and it’s all public access. This means you can do more research before handing over money. 

Camp Hopson is proud to say that we’re a highly rated business with five-star ratings. Our team strives to meet and exceed customer expectations on every job we sign up for. We have a Quality Policy in place to ensure our high standards are consistent. You’ll also find our rates are affordable – making us a safe bet for your upcoming winter relocation. 

Camp Hopson – Berkshire’s Safe Bet for a Winter Relocation

While winter relocations are more challenging to organise, there are some lesser-known benefits to ponder. For starters, their pack of popularity means you will almost certainly book your desired dates. During the spring and summer months, it can be a struggle to get the exact moving dates you need. And some less scrupulous providers tack on summertime premiums to their services. You don’t have to worry about either if you work with us. 

The Camp Hopson team will guide you through the entire process, from your first phone call to unloading the last box. You don’t have to worry about extra protective coverings – we’ll do all that for you. And for people with busy schedules, we’ll add a packing service in your removal package. 

Click here, and we’ll begin the assessment process to determine what your exact moving needs are. From there, we’ll suggest the most suitable removal package, including a free, no-pressure quotation.