Moving home at Christmas

Top tips for moving home this Christmas

Moving home can be very stressful, even more so over the festive period. We have put together some top tips for moving home this season to ease the stress.

Be sure to inform people of your change of address as soon as possible (that gives everyone chance to send a Christmas card to your new home) and don’t forget to change the address on all your important accounts. Registering with new doctors and dentists as early as possible will stop delays in the future and don’t forget to get a redirection from the Post Office for your mail.

Always make sure that you have taken all your meter readings and notified your suppliers before you leave so that your bills will be accurate and you can start anew by taking readings from the meters in your new home. Getting cut off when you’re trying to roast a turkey would not be conducive to having a merry Christmas.

Christmas is an exciting time for children, but the thought of moving can be confusing and can lead to problems. It might be better to have them stay with a relative or friend until the hard work is over and they have a working bedroom to call their own. They will be more excited if everything looks ‘in place’ when they arrive and soon forget about the old house. Pets might benefit from going into a cattery or kennels until the move is completed, giving you the time you need to concentrate on the business of moving house. The children/pets can then be ‘introduced’ to their new home without being subjected to the stress.

Put all your important documents like passports, birth certificates, marriage certificates, bank books, building society papers, photo albums and even jewellery into a secure box, bag or case that you can keep with you. Make yourself responsible for their safety, don’t give that responsibility to anyone else.

People always underestimate how much stuff they really have. It is not realistic to leave packing until the last moment. If you have large furniture items that need dismantling, get that done early on, don’t leave it too late. Lofts accumulate more clutter and unused stuff than we think, make that your starting point and get rid of things that you’ll never need. Box everything up and label them on the side and on the top with the room it should be in and what is inside (be specific if you can). Boxes get stacked and it can be hard to find what you’re looking for if the description is covered up by another box.

Leave your Christmas decorations as the last box to leave, then they will be immediately at hand when you arrive and you can get decorating straight away.

Make lists. Many lists.

Book a removal company that is recommended by someone you know. Don’t just go with the cheapest, remember, this is your whole world that you’re moving you want it to be treated with respect and professionalism.

Follow these handy tips for moving at Christmas. Making Christmas as the start to your new life can be rewarding and fun and it’ll guarantee that you’ll never forget the experience for all the right reasons.

Bad Weather

Protect your Property from Windy, Stormy Weather

How to survive….

With all the latest named weather storms, it’s hard to escape the grips of Abigail, Barney or any of the future gales (Clodagh next, followed by Desmond). Even the hardiest of us worry about the integrity of our house during these testing weather systems.

Will tiles come off my roof? How can I stop the wind whistling through gaps in my door frame? Is my car safe in the drive?

Luckily there are lots of tips for these eventualities. Here is a selection to keep you and yours safe.

– Check that you have the correct home insurance that includes adequate building and contents cover. It’s too late after the event and the wrong insurance or, worse still, no insurance at all could leave you in a terrible financial position.

– Check your property and its immediate area for potential risks. Would your fence stand-up to a 70mph wind? Maybe some nails or screws in vulnerable parts or cable ties would give it the strength to survive. Are there things lying around that the wind could lift and throw about like garden furniture, barbeques, trampolines or toys? These can all cause damage to you or your neighbours’ property. Put something heavy on these like a big stone or brick or tether them securely alternatively, try putting them safely away in a shed or garage. This could save you a lot of bother. Do this with your bins too if they are outside, no one wants to see all their recycling or rubbish flying around the streets.

– Might there be a branch on a tree that looks like it might be a potential danger in a high wind? Get a professional tree surgeon to cut it back or remove the hazard altogether. This would be cheaper and less inconvenient in the long run than having a large branch through a window or your roof.

– Inspect the outer walls of your house to see if there are any gaps that might encourage draughts (where your TV aerial enters the building or around your window and door frames) and fill them accordingly with sealant or builders caulk.

– Inspect the roof as best you can through windows or from the ground (don’t attempt to walk across the roof yourself) looking for skewed or missing tiles, mould, loose felt, sagging areas, loose sheathing or signs of existing leaking.

– Call in a roofer to inspect it properly and follow their advice, remember falling tiles can do a huge amount of damage, falling on cars, through extensions and conservatories, wrecking neighbours’ property and posing a danger to people on the ground.

Remember that, though, we can’t stop the weather, we can limit its impact on our daily lives.