Moving home at Christmas [12 top tips]

With presents to wrap, cards to write, decorations to hang and food to prepare, it’s easy to get a little tense during the festive season. But there’s no reason why your home move has to add to the pressure. Follow these 12 tips to ensure your Christmastime move goes without a hitch.

1. Book well in advance

As soon as you know your move date, book your removal company. Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year for moving, so book early to ensure you get the dates you want.

2. Choose a morning slot

The night draws in early at Christmastime. Book your move early in the morning to ensure as much daylight as possible throughout the move.

3. Prepare for darkness

If you’re moving long distance or carrying a large household, even an early start may mean your winter move ends in the dark. Pack some torches to help you find the unfamiliar light switches in your new home.

4. Tell friends and family

Make sure all your Christmas cards arrive at your new address by letting friends and family know you’ve moved.

5. Set up post redirection

Even after telling everyone your new address, forgetful friends might still send Christmas mail to your old property. To make sure you get all your seasonal post by signing up to the Royal Mail redirection service.

6. Contact your utility suppliers

With the high costs of gas, electric and water in the winter months, ensure you don’t end up paying the new residents’ bills after you move out. Contact your utility suppliers and let them know when you’ll be moving.

7. Pack a Christmas feast

Don’t forget that shops close earlier over Christmas, so stock up on some essentials before the move, ready for a festive feast after you’ve unpacked.

8. Keep  the kids occupied

Children hyped up on the excitement of Christmas will likely be obstacles to a safe, successful move. Set up a play room or ask a neighbour to babysit until the removal is complete.

9. Ask for help

Even if you opt for a full packing service with your removal company, asking friends and family for a little help with the initial clear-out will go a long way.

10. Keep pathways clear

Most of us pine for a white Christmas, but winter weather can prove disruptive on move day. You can help your removal team by gritting or shovelling any snow or ice clear of pathways and parking areas.

11. Wrap up warm

Moving your belongings in and out means your doors will be open most of the day. Protect yourself against the winter breeze by wearing plenty of warm layers.

12. Invest in seasonal storage

A Christmas move risks exposing Santa’s presents to prying children. Keep your gifts out of the way by placing them into storage for the duration of the move.


Planning a home move this festive season? Book now and Pickfords’ little elves will deliver your belongings in time for Christmas. Contact us for a quote or request a call from your local move team today.

Christmas gift guide for the new homeowner in your life [15 gift ideas]

Finding thoughtful, original presents for friends and family is an annual struggle for many of us. But if your loved ones are the proud owners of a new home this Christmas, chances are they’ll love one of these festive gifts:

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Katomi Duo Sparrow Keyring, from Amazon

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Kitchen Conversions Chopping Board, from Find Me A Gift

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Personalised Rustic Glass Clock, from Prezzybox

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Scrabble Lights, from Find Me A Gift

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Wifi Password Chalkboard, from Amazon

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Hand Drawn Bespoke House Sketch, from Notonthehighstreet

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Personalised Decanter Set, from Etsy

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Little Wren Bird Feeder, from Find Me A Gift

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Rustic Wood Wine Rack, from Prezzybox

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Entertainer’s Gift Box, from UncommonGoods

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Polaroid Magnetic Frames, from Find Me A Gift

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Personalised ‘New Home’ Candle, from Notonthehighstreet

 

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Breakfast Master, from Prezzybox

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Gala Photo Display, from UncommonGoods

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‘Home Sweet Home’ Gift Box, from Notonthehighstreet


Planning a home move this festive season? Book now and Pickfords’ little elves will deliver your belongings in time for Christmas. Contact us for a quote or request a call from your local move team today.

Order a letter from Santa for your children

Pickfords has been supporting the NSPCC for the last year and has so far raised £62,000 to help put an end to child cruetly.  This is a great idea for Christmas. You can order a beautifully designed, personal letter from Santa for your Children. The letter will arrive, addressed to them with good wishes from Santa Claus himself. The letter costs just £5, which will be your donation to the UK’s leading children’s charity the NSPCC. This is a great way to raise money for children. Create some magic this Christmas with a letter from Santa.    www.pickfords.co.uk/nspcc