Moving House in January or February
Moving house during January and February, the final throes of winter, may not at first glance seem like the best idea. But if you approach it the right way – there is no reason why it should be any more complicated than moving at any other time of year. Plus, there are some benefits to relocating during this season that people might not consider when they begin planning their move.
Depending on where you are in the country, the icy temperatures, adverse weather conditions, and reduced daylight can all pose complications, but none of them is insurmountable. We’ll use this blog to explore the upside to choosing to move home in January or February. Then you can see if this would work for your situation.
Advantages for Relocating in Winter –
There are actual advantages, foremost among them the fact that removals companies are less booked up. So, you’re more likely to be able to get hold of the one you want at the time you need it. We don’t always have the luxury of choosing the precise time of year at which to move. Compelling circumstances often force our hands or conspire to make a winter move unavoidable.
Additionally, due to the increase in availability for moving days, removals providers tend to offer lower prices at this time of the year. Some might even bump the removal costs up for the summer months because they know people will pay a premium. At Camp Hopson, we don’t overcharge for busier periods, but it’s true that it can be more challenging to get the exact day when it’s very busy.
If an emergency crops up and you need a last-minute relocation in winter, you’ll find it simple to get an instant removals job. That typically means the same day or within twenty-four hours of you making the first call or email. And the moving company will have a lot more time to expedite the relocation and be thorough when assessing your situation.
Work with an Experienced Estate Agent –
There are times where you need to enlist the services of professionals, and this is one of them. An estate agent with plenty of experience will be able to help you navigate a relocation at any time of the year. Additionally, they’ll know what pitfalls to avoid that are specific to winter removals jobs. This includes things like the period around Christmas and New Year, where everything shuts down, which some movers don’t consider.
When it comes to inspections and surveys, you don’t want to skip the details. Moreover, you need to know how to read them and scrutinise if reports are outstanding on any properties that you’re interested in. The last thing you want to do is buy a house or apartment, thinking it has all the necessary building reports, only to discover none of them picked up severe issues in the foundation work.
You might be in a situation where distance is an issue, especially if you’re relocating to another part of the UK. You’ll only have a few opportunities to group together viewings for long-distance relocations. To do this properly, it’s essential to have a seasoned estate agent coordinate it all and weed out any unsuitable properties.
Be Mindful of Fewer Daylight Hours –
Since there’s less of this precious stuff during winter, it makes sense to waste no time. You may only have eight or so hours of daylight, so organise your move to begin as soon as the sun’s creeping up, to be completely installed and able to relax the moment that twilight descends and curls its grey tendrils around the day.
It might also mean preparing to stagger the move instead of trying to rush through it all in one day. Think of this in terms of spreading the unpacking over a few days and taking your time. That means you can concentrate on getting into your new home without worrying about unpacking straight away. Then take your time to settle in and work through each room at your own pace.
This would suit someone who can book a Friday relocation down to the ground. You’ll then have all weekend to unbox, assemble furniture, and sort out utilities gradually. Preparation is the key here, and you’ll have plenty of it to utilise every hour possible, even when daylight hours are limited. And you’ll thank yourself if you have an essentials box ready.
Create a 24-Hour Winter Moving Box –
It’s good to have an essentials box that can be easily identified and opened straight away, no matter what time of year you move. When it’s winter, it becomes even more important. Flasks, milk, tinned goods such as soup, a kettle, tea bags, a pot or pan, towels, toiletries, and a change of clothes are some of the things you can include.
Also, think about your first few days in the new place when you’re putting a moving essentials box together. You might be able to get a few odds and ends but unlikely to do a big shop when you first arrive. Set aside some money for easy food and takeaways to save yourself the stress. Then you’ll have time to explore the area and get a proper shopping trip later.
Please don’t skimp on warm clothing and possibly bring a gas or electric heater as it’s winter. In the event there’s a burst water pipe or lack of central heating, be ready for all eventualities. And try to remember moisturiser to protect your skin from the colder temperatures. The main thing to prepare for is to wrap up warm and have something to avoid issues.
Listen to Professional Advice –
Your removals company will have the benefit of wisdom and know-how accumulated through years of relocations. Don’t stand on ceremony – ask them exactly what the advantages and drawbacks are of moving in winter. You should take full advantage of their knowledge and try and work out how to best apply it to your upcoming move.
Additionally, we’ll suggest things to avoid peak congestion times and check for roadworks on the moving day. If there are any parking or access restrictions – we’ll find it out in plenty of time. We leave nothing to chance and plan thoroughly. Then it’s a case of turning up on time and ready to work on the day of the big move.
When you book a removals job with Camp Hopson, you’ll have us with you at every stage of your relocation. You can pick up the phone or drop us an email and always find someone to talk to. We’ll discuss your relocation with you in detail, including arrival and completion times. And we’ll send you prompts and reminders to keep you on track.
Choose the Best Day to Perform the Move –
Typically, we suggest that our followers carefully consider what day to relocate. As you’ll undoubtedly already know from some online research, Friday is the busiest and most popular day for relocations. However, there’s usually a caveat that this also means it’s very tricky to secure this day for your move. And it’s not without other issues to consider.
Before we mention the downsides, we will do something slightly different here. Instead of shying away from a Friday move, it’s worth considering if you’re moving during January or February. That’s because you have more chance of getting a booking for this day when it’s quieter. Furthermore, you’ll have the whole weekend to unpack gradually.
That said, the same banking deadlines apply to any Friday, so you’ll need to be mindful of this. If the seller doesn’t receive the full payment on time, they are within their rights to delay the handing over of keys. If your final payment doesn’t clear by 3 pm, this could well become a reality. The knock-on effect would be rushing around to find somewhere to stay and also to store your possessions.
The best thing to do is run this past your estate agent and see their suggestion is. If you manage to get all your ducks in a row and clear every payment before the Friday deadline, it’s worth trying to move on this day.
Camp Hopson – Your Go-To Removals Company –
The Camp Hopson team understands that everyone has different requirements for moving to a new home. For some, a winter move might suit them and save money in the process. Others might have little choice if it’s an emergency and the decision is out of their hands. Regardless, we’ll apply the highest standards of service delivery.
Customer service is a big part of our company, and it influences every removals and storage package we offer. We have a Quality Policy in place and protocols for accountability. Couple this with five-star reviews, and you’ll understand why we’re so popular. We have the right tools and expertise to make your January or February relocation a success.
To discuss our range of services or book your next relocation, click here. We’ll go through an assessment and provide you with a free, no-obligation quote.