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Moving House at Christmas

Written by Reviewed by Marc Benger

19th Feb 2020 (Last updated on 19th Jun 2020) 3 minute read

Planning on moving house at Christmas? Christmas is an exciting time, but it can be quite stressful – and only made more so if you have to deal with moving.

Delaying the move to after New Year's might seem like the easier option, yet brings with it the risk of market falls and paying higher VAT on estate agent and solicitor fees, which you definitely don't want.

But fear not - we've compiled a list of tips to help you make the move and ensure your house is sold quickly, while staying in the festive spirit.

Your Plan For Moving House at Christmas
  1. Making a Quick Sale
  2. Have a Home Makeover
  3. Organize your Packing
  4. Keep your Documents Close
  5. Children and Pets
  6. Dealing with Bills
  7. Change of Address
  8. Book Your Removal Company

Making a Quick Sale

If you're worrying about it taking too long to sell the house, give your estate agent an incentive by offering a higher percentage commission the faster they close a deal. Hopefully this could speed things up.

Have a Home Makeover

Moving house at Christmas can be a bit of a hard sell so you want your house to look its best at all times. Start by having a deep clean of your entire house, highlighting areas that need repairs or further work. Next, get to fixing these issues, which may include repainting walls, fixing plasterwork, and laying new carpet.

The external appearance of your house makes a huge difference too, so concentrate on spraying down brickwork and patio. Because of the time of year, you'll want to look at what you can and can't trim in your garden to improve appearances. Plus, going professional with the estate agent photographs is a great way of presenting the best of your property.

Organize your Packing

Don't underestimate how much stuff you have and leave packing to the last minute. If you have large furniture that needs to be dismantled, start organizing it approximately a week before your official moving date as you will also have other things to focus on.

Many people have more storage than they think in their loft, as well as lots of Christmas decorations. Emptying the loft and getting rid of clutter you don't need will make packing much easier.

Remember to keep Christmas decorations aside so they are packed last – when you move into the new place, it will be easy to find them and you can start decorating straight away.

Understandably, it can often feel like there are too many things to organize and pack before moving, so we've compiled a list of moving house tips to help make all these jobs much easier to manage.

Keep your Documents Close

All important documents like birth certificates, passports, photo albums and jewellery should be kept with you. To avoid any risk of losing them, make sure no one else is responsible for them.

Children and Pets

As exciting as Christmas is for children, the thought of moving house can be quite upsetting for them. On the day of the move, try to make sure your children and/or pets can spend the day with friends as a distraction. When it comes to actually moving to the new house, they'll feel more excited instead of thinking about leaving their old home.  This will make things easier so you can pack without worrying about what the kids and pets are doing.

Here are a few guides that you may find useful

Dealing with Bills

Make sure you've done all your meter readings before moving so you get accurate bills.

Change of Address

Tell all the relevant people about your change of address, and make sure you register with your new doctor or dentist. Also, inform the Post Office so they can redirect your mail.

Book Your Removal Company

Moving house at Christmas is a lot of work, and a professional removal company could make things a lot easier with less hassle. For more moving house tips make sure you read our moving house checklist to ensure you have everything in order before the big move. If you want to removal company which best suits your needs, Compare My Move have you covered.

Martha Lott

Written by Martha Lott

Having written for Huffington Post and Film Criticism Journal, Martha now regularly researches and writes advice articles for everything moving house related.

Marc Benger

Reviewed by Marc Benger

Co-Founder and Director, Compare My Move

Co-founder and director of Compare My Move, Marc Benger has over 10 years of experience in the house removals industry.