Christmas in a new home can be a wonderful experience for the whole family. Whilst moving can be stressful at any time of the year, moving in the festive season can cause serious raise your anxiety levels! Despite this, many people choose to move over Christmas. This could be for one of many reasons:
Making a fresh start in the New Year
Making the most of school holidays to settle in
Wanting to spend Christmas as a family in the new home
If you choose to move over Christmas, bear in mind that a home removal quote will generally be priced higher than if you were to move during other times of the year.
In essence the advice for a Christmas move is similar to a typical move, but with extra tips to cope with the increased personal workload. Check out the following advice to ensure your Christmas move runs as smoothly as possible:
Purge your possessions and take only what you need; you'll feel less cluttered and can start your new life feeling much better.
If you're expecting gifts, considering asking for functional presents for your new house. That way you can personalise your new place very soon after you move in.
Christmas cards are a great way to spread festive joy and also let everyone know you're moving house. Have 'change of address' cards printed and include one with every card. Write to people you haven't spoken to for a while. You'll feel better about yourself, and they'll be able to keep in touch after you've relocated.
Buy your Christmas presents early. Nothing is worse than having to worry about gifts when you have 10 years worth of possessions to pack. After you've bought your presents, pack them into separate boxes and forget about them until you need to wrap them (or wrap them before you pack them - but make sure you include labels!).
It's nice to have a real Christmas tree, but you may wish to buy an artificial one for your first year at your new home. You won't have to clean up any mess, and you can always buy a real one next year when you're completely settled in.
Sort out your Christmas menu early. Buy non-perishables and drinks so you don't have to worry about them nearer the time. You may also want to talk to a butcher and greengrocer local to your new area so you know you'll have a turkey and seasonal vegetables on the big day.
The first few weeks/months in your new house are for you and your closest family. In the excitement of the move you may want to invite as many people as possible to celebrate both your new life and the festive occasion, but hold off. Moving house is stressful enough without having to play the passionate party host; entertaining guests will come in time, but settle in first.
Finally, do not make the mistake of thinking that you really can't relax and enjoy Christmas until all your boxes are unpacked and you're settled in. Research shows that most people don't feel properly settled in for several months to a year after they arrive. Leave a few boxes until after Christmas; it really doesn't matter. You need to be enjoying yourself.
Have a wonderful Christmas move! Please check out our comprehensive removals advice section before you move, particularly if you have pets or are relocating overseas. We've written a great deal of tips and hints to ensure your moving day is everything you want it to be, and more.