Job relocation, life changes or just the right opportunity at the wrong time mean you’re moving during the holidays. It’s not ideal, but we can help you get through it. With some good planning and a little holiday cheer, your move can be a positive part of the eventful season.
Getting through the holidays gracefully can be a delicate balance. We’ve rounded up some expert tips to take the stress out of your busy transition. Our gift to you: a sleigh-load of tips to make your move during the holidays a wrap.
11 Tips for Moving During the Holiday Season
Every adventure starts with a first step. Break your move up into small, manageable steps that won’t sour your holly jolly mood. Stay productive, and stay balanced.
1. Manage your time.
Start your move early, weeks if not months in advance. Post a calendar where everyone can see and add all your holiday events. You shouldn’t miss out on important celebrations just because you’re moving. From there, plan time every day when you can accomplish a moving task.
2. Make reservations early.
Line up a moving company and all the supplies you need as soon as possible. Wheaton has boxes, tape, bubble wrap and all your moving supplies on hand whenever you need them.
3. Scale back on decorations.
Holiday décor is usually already packed up. Take a few favorite items out to create a festive environment, but don’t make more work for yourself. Try reindeer ears or a grille wreath for your vehicle – if you’re driving to your new home, decorating the car is a great way to keep the holiday visible during the trip.
4. Create a staging area.
Use a garage or empty room to pack and store boxes. Your move doesn’t have to spill over into the whole house. Go room to room as you pack or, even better, gift yourself by having a mover pack for you to save time and sanity.
The holidays are a perfect time to get rid of unwanted belongings before having to move them. Clean out those closets and re-gift items or donate them to someone who can use them. Many nonprofits accept gently used coats, hats and gloves. If you’re moving from a cold climate to a warm one, or vice versa, you might have a whole season of clothing you won’t use at your new home.
6. Take advantage of holiday deals.
The holidays are a slower time for movers, and many offer discounts during the off season. Take advantage of Black Friday, Cyber Monday and other sales to get the supplies you need to move and to furnish your new home.
Moving and holidays are significant investments. Make sure you get all your moving costs upfront so there are no surprises. That may mean a smaller gift budget this year.
8. Move after Christmas.
The week after Christmas is a slower time. People are off work and home with family. Traffic is lighter and business less congested.
9. Change your address.
Holiday cards are a great way to update your contacts. Include a change of address notice with your holiday greeting.
Make sure you enjoy your holiday, even if it’s in a different way this year. Traditions are important. And when you unpack that last box at your new home, make sure you celebrate that it’s all over!
Why Hire a Mover During the Holidays?
A trusted moving company takes the work and worry off your holiday plate. From budgeting to packing to driving across the country, we can make your holiday season an easier time of year.
Our eight-step plan makes the process simple any time of year, especially busy ones. We’ll help you:
- Plan your move.
- Connect to an agent.
- Pack your belongings.
- Load the moving van.
- Drive to your new home.
- Deliver your belongings.
- Unpack everything.
- Assess how it went.
You’re never alone in your move. So, relax and pour that cup of eggnog.
Deck the Hauls with Wheaton World Wide Moving
Your holidays may look different this year, but don’t let the stress of moving ruin your celebration. Call or contact us today to see how we can take the bah humbugs out of your next big move.