Getting settled: Moving day is just the beginning. When it comes to moving, some days are better than others, and it's best to pick a time where potential problems can be kept to a minimum and - if things do go wrong - you don't have commitments to miss. While when you move is totally up to you, we've put together a few tips to help you decide when's best for you.
Moving at Christmas
It's inadvisable to get settled into your new home any later than 1.5 months before Christmas, for a variety of reasons. Firstly, if you need the services of an electrician, plumber or other professional service there may be a premium charge. Secondly, the 'settling in' period is always longer than at first envisaged and if you leave it too late, you may not be sufficiently settled to have a happy family Christmas. Thirdly, removals company may charge extra for holiday removals.
Moving during the winter
Rain and snow can turn a good move into a disastrous move, particularly when you're handling sensitive computer equipment, bedding, sofas and clothes. Boxes can get soaked and rot and accidents are more likely to happen. If possible, move during the warmer months. However: since the summer months are most popular for house moves, many removals companies hire contractors to help with the demand, which may reduce the quality of service you receive. Spring is a good compromise.
Moving on long weekends
The long bank holiday weekend is a great time to move. If you get to your new house on the Friday night can have up to three days to settle in before you return to work. Removals companies know this, however, and many charge a premium if you want their services during this time.
Moving during school holidays
School holidays work well, particularly if you have young children who are switching schools. It gives them a chance to get to know the local area before they return to education. It also gives you a chance to settle in with your family. Some people, however, argue that it's best to move a couple of months before term ends, so children can make new friends and don't get bored during the summer holidays. Removals companies will generally charge a premium for moves during school holidays.
There are advantages and disadvantages of every moving date. The first thing you should do is get an idea of cost by getting a quick home removal quote. Then, since you'll know how the removals cost fits into your budget, you can talk to your removals companies so they can advise you how busy they are, if their rates increase in summer months and if they have any special offers. Chat to your spouse and see what your children think. Most importantly, make sure you aren't rushed when it comes to moving day; there's nothing worse than getting to your new house knowing you have to be at work in 8 hours.