9 Tips To Make Moving House Over Christmas Less Stressful

Monday 7th December 2020

Moving house can be stressful on its own can be stressful for some people, but with the added stress of Christmas on top, so we’ve put together a list of useful tips to help make moving house over Christmas more relaxing. 

Prepare, Prepare, Prepare 

As obvious as it may sound, preparation is key to moving house over Christmas. If the contracts have been handed over to you in the lead up to Christmas, the first thing you should do is choose your home removals company. During the festive period, there is likely to be fewer slots available for house removals as a result of businesses taking a break over Christmas. So, as soon as your house has been secured you’ll want to get in quick to obtain your home removal quotes in order to move house as soon as possible. Just think, if you can make moving house over Christmas possible, you’ll be able to go into the new year in your new house with a fresh mind not having to worry about an upcoming house move.

This tip is especially important for those looking at moving house over Christmas to an overseas country. The reason for this is that there are many other things involved in international removals that will need to be arranged and it can take a lot longer to organise dates, exchange contracts etc when moving to another country. With this in mind, you’d be looking to prepare a few months in advance for moving overseas during Christmas time, as opposed to the few weeks preparation required to move house domestically. 

Put Together A Plan 

Something that will help you to prepare for your festive house move is putting together a plan. By outlining a fairly detailed plan of what needs to be done in the lead up to your move and the things that need to be carried out on the day, this will already help relieve the stresses of moving house over Christmas. Essentially, whatever makes things easier for you is the way to go, by planning in advance you can be sure that you’re not going to miss anything on the day.  

Prepare For Bad Weather 

As we aren’t often blessed with the weather in England, preparing for bad weather is something that we cannot recommend highly enough. Our Plymouth removal company is used to the unpredictability of the weather that can affect house removals and is vastly experienced to deal with most challenges. However, if you can help us prepare for bad weather by informing us of the challenges, such as icy roads etc and help assist in these by laying down salt etc we can all try and ensure a stressful situation is avoided. 

Use Storage Facilities To Ease The Stress Of Unpacking 

No matter how much decluttering you do before moving house, you’re always faced with a pile of boxes to unpack. Depending on how close to Christmas you are moving, it might be worth placing some of your items into a self-storage facility. For example, if there are boxes of things that needed to be sorted as you are unpacking and aren’t essential in making your new house feel like a home, why not move these into a storage facility to ease the stress and the number of boxes required to unpack before moving. Once the rest of your house is unpacked and Christmas is out of the way, you can move your belongings back into your home and unpack at your own leisure without the time constraint. 

If you’re keen on the idea of putting some things into storage to reduce the stress of unpacking, visit the sister company of our Plymouth removal company, Plymouth Self Storage for more information. 

Arrange Childcare 

If you’re moving house over Christmas, it’s worth trying to organise the move on a school day so that you don't have to worry about looking after the children during the removal. If you have friends or family asking if you need any help, why not use this opportunity to ask them for help picking your child/children up from school and looking after them until you’re ready for them to come back to the new house. This way you can reduce the worry of having to get most of the move done before school finishes as you can be sure that your loved ones are being cared for. 

Pack A Box Of Food And Drink Essentials  

We recommend this for home removals throughout the year, but packing a box of food and drink essentials that you’ll want to access throughout the day will enable you to find the box easily and keep your energy levels up for unpacking. Although, what’s better when moving house over Christmas is you can fill this up with loads of Christmas goodies to enjoy, think chocolates, mince pies etc. Some might say they’d rather move at Christmas! 

Keep Your Christmas Decorations To Hand To Decorate Your New Home 

Do you ever feel the dreaded hatred of having to find the Christmas decorations each year? Well, a benefit to moving house over Christmas is that you’ll know exactly where they are and decorate the house as you are unpacking your new home. 

Not only will this save you time searching the attic, decorating your new home will help make you feel at home and what better way to take the stressful moving thoughts away than looking at the beautiful Christmas tree in your living room. 

Buy Christmas Presents Before Moving House 

Depending on how close to Christmas you are moving, it might be worth doing your shopping beforehand. This way you won’t have the added worry of having to buy presents as well as unpacking the house. If you’re really organised you could even wrap and label them so most of your Christmas tasks are done before you even move. 

Although, it’s worth noting that if you plan on buying everybody’s presents before, to put all of the presents into boxes together so that none get lost in random boxes during the move. There’s nothing worse than trying to find a present that you’ve hidden “safely”. By putting them all together they will be easy to find at the new house and be put straight under the tree. 

Order A Food Shop To Arrive At Your New House 

Finally, a tip that we think is really helpful is ordering a grocery shop to arrive at your new house within the first few days of moving. This way, you can focus your attention to the unpacking rather than making a list for the supermarket. 

If you’ve found moving house over Christmas to be stressful before and have any other tips that you would have found helpful, we’d love to hear from you. Share your ideas with us on Facebook or Twitter and we might even add them to this article.