Moving house during Christmas is not an easy thing to do. To be fair, moving home at any time is not easy, but Christmas adds some additional challenges, since the weather tends to be colder and wetter than at other times of the year, and you have to worry about the holiday season interfering with your plans.

Most people get more post during Christmas than at other times of the year, which means that if you move house there are more people to give your new address to, and it becomes vitally important to set up redirection services with Royal Mail. You will also need to think carefully about the move and plan ahead, since the opening hours for removal companies, decorators, plumbers and other tradespeople will be different.

This can be a good thing, however – some companies offer discounts during the winter period, because they know that they will be getting less work – so if you want nice block paving in your new home you might want to try to find a contractor that will sort that out for you during December, rather than waiting until the summer when the prices go up.

Moving home during Christmas is particularly difficult for families, because they need the time to prepare for Christmas. It is not easy to find the time to shop for presents and get decorations if you are stuck at home packing everything up, or you have just moved to a house that is not decorated and needs a lot of work done.

Christmas is an expensive time of year for most people, and the last thing you want to have to worry about is unexpected costs. For this reason, it’s a good idea to ask companies to come out and quote you for a full-service removal. With full-service removal companies, the removal firm are the people who handle everything for you – from the packing and preparation to the loading and unloading. They are experts at this task, and that means you don’t have to worry about anything getting lost or broken. You will be free to spend your time on Christmas shopping, or planning the day’s celebrations.

Make a point of separating out the stuff for the kitchen and dining room, so that at the very least you will still be able to put together a nice meal on Christmas day. If you are planning on giving gifts, then make sure they are packed somewhere that you will be able to find them. Otherwise, you run the risk of ‘losing’ the gifts, and then finding them later in the year when you finish unpacking.

If you have no option but to move over the Christmas period, it is important that you are diligent about informing people of your new address, and that you plan everything carefully. With summer moves, you can be more relaxed, and you can arrange things at the last minute. If you try to do that with a winter move you will end up paying a fortune in last minute fees.