Ideally, we’d all love to move to a new house in the spring. On one of those perfect weeks where the sun is shining and it’s dry, but it’s not too hot that you’re going to be uncomfortable shifting boxes and furniture in the heat. Unfortunately, that’s not always possible. Sometimes you have very little control over when you move to a new house and just have to make the best of your situation.
Moving to a new house in the winter time is in some ways easier. Places tend to be quieter, you don’t need to worry about heat, and your food is less likely to go bad if left un-refrigerated for a while. But, it can also come with its challenges. Let’s take a look at how to deal with and overcome them for a successful house move.
Check the House
It’s not just moving to a new house in cold weather that can be challenging. You also need to think about the condition of the home that you are moving into. Especially if it’s been empty for a while. When you view a house, it’s made to look nice, and you don’t necessarily see everything that’s going on. It’s also important to remember that between your viewing and moving in, the house may be sat unlived in, and the weather could turn.
So, before moving day spend some time thoroughly checking the new house over. Look for damp and mold, which often come out in the cold. Make sure the guttering is clean, that the pipes are unblocked and that all the radiators are working well.
Have the Boiler Serviced
You should have your boiler serviced at the end of summer every year anyway, to ensure you’ll have heating and hot water over winter. Even if you’ve seen a certificate and know it’s been checked recently, it’s worth getting it done yourself too, if only for peace of mind.
Run the Taps
Running the taps for a while will both ensure the pipes aren’t frozen or blocked and stop them from becoming so. Turn the water on, then every time you visit the house, run the taps for a few minutes.
Turn the Heating On
At the same time, turn the heating on. This allows you to make sure it’s working, see how good it is, spot any issues and warm the house through a little. If your radiators need bleeding, this is the time to do it.
Plan Very Carefully
While the weather is never 100% predictable and you should be prepared for the worst, it’s a good idea to check the long-term forecast to try to find the best day for your move.
Think About Parking
If you’ve got parking at your new home, great. But, sometimes, especially if you are moving to an apartment like Sioux Falls apartments, you may have to park on the street. In this case, speak to your neighbors and local council to ensure you can get as close to your front door as possible.
Light is another factor in a winter move. Plan to be up and moving as early as you can to make the most of what natural light you can get.
Moving in the winter doesn’t need to be difficult, there’s just a little extra to consider. But, at least it means you’ll know everything works, and you won’t be in for any nasty surprises when winter hits.