Moving? At Christmas? Some people would say it’s just adding to the festive season rush but if you plan it right there’s no better feeling than celebrating Christmas in your new home.
With just weeks remaining to Christmas it’s crunch time if you’re considering a new home and a key decision will be whether to move in over the festive season or hold off until the New Year.
Can it be done?
There can be pluses to moving over the Christmas period. The kids will be on school holidays so there’s no need to worry about managing school pick up times, and they’ll be settled into the new place in time for the new school year. Your workplace may be winding down too so taking leave for the move may not be a problem.
On the flip-side, if your new home requires any immediate repairs or building work, organising tradespeople can be challenging between Christmas and January as the construction industry tends to shut down over this period.
If these issues aren’t a stumbling block, the chief ingredient for a successful festive season move is advance planning.
Organisation is the key
Your first port of call is to confirm settlement date – and time, with your solicitor or real estate agent. Some businesses close or work restricted hours over the holiday period and it’s vital to be sure you can contact key people at least until you’ve settled in. It’s worth a call to your lender or broker to confirm if they’ll be available should the need arise.
Once you know when you’ll have the keys to your new home, the next step is to organise a removalist. Be sure to book ahead as firms may operate with reduced staff numbers in late December.
It can takes days, even weeks to unpack everything in your new home and at this time of year it’s doubly important to label your packing boxes carefully and keep a separate list of what’s in each container.
Swimwear, beach towels, Christmas gifts and decorations – even the barbecue, are all must-haves over the festive season and it’s worth sorting items into boxes that will be needed over the key holiday dates.
Remember…it’s the season to be jolly
Along with all your possessions, don’t forget to take a sense of humour along to your new home. Yes, moving is hard work but your friends and family will be sympathetic if this year’s Christmas pudding is shop bought rather than home-made. And no one will mind if the hallway is lined with boxes rather than mistletoe.
After all, celebrating the 25th in your new home will certainty make it a Christmas to remember!