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Moving House in Winter: The Good and the Bad

Posted on 4th November 2015

Moving home in winter may not be an ideal situation, and many people can be put off by the dismal weather, fleeting lighting and bad road conditions. On top of this, if you discover that your new home is, for some reason, without heating or electricity, it can be catastrophic. However, sometimes moving house in winter is necessary and can even be beneficial, so this guide looks at how to make a move in winter easier.

Advantages and Disadvantages

To give you an idea of what to expect, we’ve listed some of the advantages and disadvantages of moving during winter:


  • Winter is a relatively quiet season for the property market so choosing to move during winter can result in huge savings compared to moving in peak season.
  • One of the biggest annoyances of moving home is the amount of time it takes to pack and organise, as well as unpacking in your new home. This is even more of a chore during hotter months when you’d rather be outside than stuck indoors. In winter, we’re much happier to stay in the warmth of our homes, so you won’t mind the packing and unpacking as much!
  • One of the biggest perks of moving during winter: you can celebrate Christmas and the new year in your new home
  • A new home often means new furniture; the January sales are the perfect time to furnish your home for a fraction of the price


  • Bad weather can make driving to some locations much more difficult – especially in rural areas
  • Loading and unloading vans can be a much slower process due to slippery roads, and great care will be needed to avoid accidents
  • If there are any problems in your new home, it can be difficult to get them resolved over the holiday period

Tips and Tricks

The key to a successful winter move is to be prepared for any circumstance – whilst you can’t control the weather, you can be prepared for the effects it brings. Follow these simple tips and tricks to make sure you can get settled in your new home as quickly as possible:

  • Get in touch with your estate agent or the previous tenants to check that the home will have sufficient electric and heating when you move in
  • Salt the paths and roads leading to your home to protect your movers from slipping over and injuring themselves
  • To avoid dragging mud and rain into your home and on your flooring, split your team into two – one that unloads from the van, and another that collects the boxes at the door and takes them into the house
  • Pack a box full of essential items such as food, a change of clothes, pyjamas, towels and toiletries so that if you can’t face unpacking after a stressful day’s move you can still get settled in your home
  • Plan for your move to begin early in the day. This way, if the weather does slow the process down, you’ll still have plenty of time for the move to go ahead
  • Use a professional moving service. Industry experts, such as Whittles Removals, will have faced all kinds of moving circumstances, including bad weather, and will know how to deal with it much better than you
  • If you do want to use a professional moving service, book early. Professional movers are often very in demand during winter months, so make sure you don’t miss out

For professional and efficient home removals in Preston and Manchester, look no further than The Whittle Group. We’ve been helping people move house since 1880 and have built up the expertise to handle any removal with ease. To completely eradicate the stress from your move, we’ll assign you a personal move manager to oversee the work and ensure the move happens as smoothly as possible. For a free quote or home visit, contact us here

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