Moving home at Christmas

a couple wearing christmas clothing sat in their kitchen surrounded by boxes

With new data from quarter three showing that detached houses now make up the largest proportion of new home registrations in the UK, demand for more space is increasing and the cost of moving house is at a record high. New data obtained by Which? shows households are now spending nearly £12,000 when moving home, up from £7,000 during the stamp duty break.  

Ensuring costs are kept at a minimum and planning ahead are key to having a smooth moving process. We have prepared a handy guide to ensure your house move from A to B is as stress free as it can be. 

1. Tell Santa 

If you are moving home with children your top priority will be to let Santa know.  The Post Office will give you his address, and while you’re there, organise for your post to be redirected.  Also, pop your new address details into your Christmas cards, saving you money on postage. 

2. Christmas presents 

Get ahead by buying and wrapping all your presents before you move and store them at a friend’s house.  Don’t forget to add an extra gift just for them as a thank you! 

3. Countdown to moving day 

Keep your children involved by using an advent calendar as a countdown to moving day.  

4. Packing 

Moving in December doesn’t mean you have to forget all about feeling festive.  Clearly label your Christmas decoration packing boxes.  Ask the removal company to put the boxes in the bathroom as this will make them easy to find so you can prioritise decorating your new home. 

5. Decorating your new home 

You don’t need to make your house look like Santa’s Grotto to feel Christmassy.  A few glittery touches will make Christmas in your new home one to remember.  Focus your efforts on the spaces where you will spend most time – a family room, or perhaps the kitchen-diner.  If you don’t have time to decorate a tree, think about wrapping a garland around the banister and hang fairy lights over the fireplace. 

6. The scent of Christmas 

There’s nothing like the smell of Christmas to get you in the festive spirit.  Consider lighting candles with the scent of cinnamon, mulled spices and oranges to create a warm and cosy feeling. 

7. Meet the neighbours 

Now you’ve moved in and got some decorations up, it’s the perfect time to meet your new neighbours.  Invite them round for some mulled wine and mince pies; you can ask them for tips on things to do in your local area too! 

Christmas is traditionally a time when family and friends get together, so above all, just enjoy the day because the unpacking can wait! 

a man and his son reading a book together

NHBC's Guide to your new home

Once you have moved in and settled, don’t forget to read NHBC’s Guide to your new home, which is available as a free download.

Download here