Moving House at Christmas

Moving house is renowned as one of the most stressful things you can do. Not least because of the unpredictability of buying, selling and the conveyancing process. If you’re unfortunate to be part of a chain you’ll be well aware of the risk of last minute curve balls. It might be someone who’s three houses away in the process – but a hiccup somewhere down the line can stop things happening when you want them to.

So what happens if you were due to move in November, but because of some unforeseen hiccup, your date for exchanging contracts falls over the Christmas break? Even removals men are entitled to time off, plus where do you put al the presents and keep them accessible? Here’s our guide to moving house over Christmas…


Sometimes there’s no choice in when things happen. If your moving date falls over the Christmas there’ll be a bit more to think about. Firstly, it’s likely that your move-out day will be a few days apart from your move-in day – straddling the Christmas break. That means you need to think about what happens in between, because, with nowhere to live, you’ll have to enjoy Christmas in a different way.

Book all the services you’ll need as soon as possible.

It’s very unlikely you’ll have chosen to move house over Christmas, so it’ll be a last minute thing. The moment that you know the dates it will happen – get on to the services you’ll need:

Removals Company – book the days that your chosen removals firm will be collecting and packing your stuff. You might also want to arrange deep storage with them for the furniture and furnishings that will be ‘in transit’.

Utility companies – will need to know your final date so they can disconnect services or visit to take meter readings.

Estate Agent/Conveyancing Solicitor – you’ll have been working with them throughout the process, but they usually help with key holding – so make sure they know when you’re moving as soon as possible.

Book a last minute Winter Holiday

A final (and admittedly expensive) option is to book a last minute winter Holiday. Leave dealing with the keys to the estate agents and conveyancing solicitor, and let a removals company take the strain with the packing up and moving in. It’s a great way to enjoy the festive season, whilst others do the legwork. It might not be for everyone though – as you won’t be around if something doesn’t go right with the move.

Use Self Storage Unit as a staging post

We’ve said it before (but we’ll say it again) – a self-storage unit can be a brilliant place to keep the stuff you’ll need access to whilst you move. Usually, that would be documents or other personal effects – but at Christmas it will almost certainly mean presents. You can access your unit as much as you like (even 24hrs in certain stores) so you’ll be sure that whatever you’ve put into store is still available. So if you decide to spend Christmas in an Hotel whilst you’re between properties, it’s not just Santa who will still be able to deliver all the presents.

Make sure you pick the best storage deal though. At ABC we’ll refund every day you’ve paid for but haven’t used and we don’t require notice on move out. Many other operators insist on 7 days notice before move out – so you could find yourself being stung for storage when you don’t need it. We’ll also throw in some Free Van Hire, so you can get your stuff to your unit.


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