While Christmas may still seem a long way off – if you are looking to move home before or during the festive season, now is the time to act to ensure as smooth a relocation as possible.
The advice comes from developer Vistry Yorkshire (part of Vistry Group) who – along with outlining the many advantages of being well-organised and prepared, have a few tips for moving house in what continue to be uncertain times.
This year, more than previously, Christmas may present its own set of challenges. And while moving house is already well documented as one of life’s most stressful experiences, some home hunters may prefer to delay a move until the New Year.
But Vistry Yorkshire says there is no need to feel ‘bah humbug’ about moving home in November and December – as there are a number of incentives, benefits and choices on style and location to keep home-hunters’ festive spirits up.
New ways of working to keep customers and colleagues safe mean the continuation of Covid-secure measures at developments; including appointment only visits and displaying venue check-in QR codes as part of the NHS Covid-19 app at all sites.
However, the process to help with a hassle-free move remains the same. Steve Woomble, sales director at Vistry Yorkshire said: “The weeks leading up to Christmas are crucial for those looking to be settling into their new home before the Big Day.
“They may have already found their dream home with us, and in many cases may have already used our Home Exchange scheme in selling their existing property. However, there are a few other important things to think about as buyers navigate the process, particularly during these uncertain times, with being prepared and planning ahead key.”
Book your removal company early! And if you are relying on family and friends to help you move, be mindful of social distancing rules.
Don’t underestimate how much ‘stuff’ you have. Try and start packing those items you don’t need on a daily basis as early as possible – label boxes and store them in room order.
Use the opportunity to de-clutter. With Christmas coming, your new home may soon be filled with more toys, clothes and kitchen gadgets.
Don’t forget to tie up any loose ends; inform utility companies and get your mail re-directed. And if you are sending Christmas cards – get this done early and include your new address.
Be prepared for any sudden delays. With the Government’s COVID-19 regulations changing on a regular basis – don’t let any new lockdown restrictions send you into a panic.
Think about the children – if they are unable to stay with friends or other family members, get them involved (if they are old enough) in the move and encourage them to pack some of their own belongings for the new house. It can be a worrying and unsettling time but being positive about moving somewhere new and exciting will help.
It's the British winter, so be prepared for bad weather. Make sure you have easy access to warm clothing, wellies, torch and even a shovel to clear icy or snowy paths.
Steve added: “Above all, remember to enjoy the experience as best you can. Moving to a new build property is a great milestone to celebrate; not least reaping the benefits of many energy saving features which will be kinder on your pocket and the environment.”
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17 November 2020
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