For many people, the holidays are an incredibly busy time of year with family gatherings, holiday parties, decorating, and baking. Moving is a big undertaking at any time of the year, but it can be especially stressful and challenging during the holiday season. Consider using our tips for moving during the holidays to help you relocate successfully and efficiently during one of the busiest times of the year!
The best time to schedule your move during the holidays is right after Christmas Day. During this time, most people will be spending time with their friends and families. While this means they may not be able to help you move, you’ll also have much less competition when it comes to hiring a mover. Aim to schedule your move for the week after Christmas, and start the new year at your new home!
Celebrate Away From Home
If you’re typically the person in your family who hosts holiday gatherings, consider asking somebody else in the family to take on that task this year. You can offer to host next year’s holiday gathering at your new home once you’re all settled in. If you’re set on hosting, consider making your gathering a potluck where everyone brings a dish to decrease the amount of cooking and baking you need to do. By celebrating away from home or sticking to a potluck, you’ll have one less thing to worry about during your holiday move.
Pack Early, Leave Decorations Last
If you can, start packing at least a month ahead of your moving date. Moving during the holidays is stressful, and allowing you and your family to get a headstart will reduce stress and ensure smooth sailing. If you love holiday decor and are moving before the holidays, pack your favorite decorations into clearly-labeled boxes. Ask your movers to put these boxes in your living room, so you can unpack some holiday cheer as soon as you’re at your new place! If you’re moving after the holidays, you don’t have to deprive yourself of holiday cheer. Consider packing your holiday decorations last, or leave out just enough decorations, such as a wreath or tabletop tree, to make your home feel festive while you get ready for your move.
Confirm the Moving Date
During the holidays, it’s not uncommon for people and businesses to overlook something, so confirm and reconfirm your moving date with your moving or truck rental company in the days leading up to your move. One of the best moving tips you can use at any time of the year, but especially during this time, is to keep written records of moving estimates, contracts, and dates. Keep a physical or digital folder with all of your pertinent moving records to avoid any unexpected fees or premium charges for moving during the holidays.
Take Advantage of Sales
Take advantage of the holiday shopping season to get moving supplies at a cheaper price! Home office stores may offer sales on tape, boxes, and labels as early as Black Friday. These sales can continue throughout December, so keep an eye out and save money where possible.
Moving during the holiday season can be stressful, but we hope with these tips, you’ll be able to relocate to your new home as smoothly as possible. For an even smoother move, consider hiring Austin Van to help. We offer local and long-distance moving services, so you can stick to enjoying your holidays as much as possible! Contact us for a free quote on your holiday move.