Moving house in winter can pay dividends in terms of the price you pay for your home, and some of the services. Most people will avoid moving at this time of year, so if you decide to go for it, you’ll be able to negotiate harder and take your pick of the days for the move.

Winter landscapeHere are some top tips for any winter movers who want to get into their new home and still enjoy the best of the season.

  • Be aware of the weather – Snow might be nice for photographs and fun, but can completely destroy your moving plans. Check the long range forecast and always have a plan B.
  • Be aware of the light – In winter it gets dark from about 4pm, so bear this in mind when planning moving activities. Unloading a van in the pitch dark is no fun and could be dangerous.
  • Check your date with your suppliers – Let your utilities providers know your moving date in plenty of time, and double, even triple check that they are definitely going to have the lights on and the heating working by the time you get there.
  • Stock up – Make sure you have enough food and other provisions to keep your family going if you are moving to a house that might be easily cut off if the snow piles up.
  • Protect your valuables – Remember to pack your valuables carefully and think about a waterproof layer inside the packing box if heavy rain or snow is forecast and items could be ruined if they get wet.