5 Crucial Tips for Moving During the Busy Holiday Season

Moving during the busy holidays can be very stressful, but it also sets you up for a fresh start at the beginning of the new year. The key to successfully moving in the winter months is to plan ahead and prepare for the unexpected. Follow these 5 tips for a much smoother experience so you can still enjoy the holiday season, even while getting ready for a major move. Whether relocating across the country or next door, moving during the holidays is no easy task. Besides all of the seasonal distractions, you’ll now have to deal with planning a relocation as well.

To ensure that your upcoming relocation is as merry and bright as possible, we’ve laid out a list of what to consider when moving during “the most wonderful time of the year.”

Tip 1: Plan your timing 

Holidays can be an extremely busy time for movers, if you’re planning to hire a moving company, it’s important to book a reliable service as soon as possible. Make sure to book your movers ahead, in order to ensure that you get a move date that works best for you. Plan every step of your relocation process in advance so you can avoid unpleasant surprises that will ruin your mood. If you tend to forget things in the times of chaos, practice jotting everything down in a notebook or your phone so you won’t leave anything out.

Do your research on relocation companies to best manage your move and book them well in advance. Festive seasons are peak periods for relocating, so you wouldn’t want to risk enquiring only once they’re fully booked.

Tip 2: Know your budget

If you plan on moving during the holidays, you might have to pay a premium to lock down movers. Moving at any time of year is costly, but your wallet may be stretched even further when moving during the holidays. You’ve got Christmas expenses to think about as well. Create separate budgets for both holiday spending and moving to make sure you’re not caught by surprise during the moving process. Add in the moving expenses – from boxes to movers – and you’re probably going to need to start looking for other ways to tighten your belt this season. If you’re hiring movers, keep in mind that you may be able to save a few bucks by landing a mid-week move.

You can also look into cost-efficient alternatives such as rental trucks or portable moving containers. These containers are also great for storage, if you’re planning to unpack after the holidays have ended. 

Tip 3:  Packing things

Start packing up all non-essential items. Things you won’t need until after the move, like out of season clothing and kitchenware you won’t use for a while. If you have the time, pack slowly to avoid burnout; take care of little bits and pieces every day. Regardless of how much time you have to pack, make plan to ensure you’ll be packed up by moving day. Scheduling what you’ll pack each day allows you save the mental space and time for purchasing holiday gifts or planning Christmas dinner for your immediate family in your new home.

Tip 4: Check the weather 

You can’t control the weather on moving day. You need to check the weather and also the temperature for you to know what to prepare. From icy roads to white-out blizzards, the holiday season can usher in dangerous winter weather conditions, posing serious challenges for moving. Don’t forget to have your heat and electricity turned on in your new home by the time you arrive.

Tip 5: Safety of your family  

Home invasions and robberies seem to increase during the holiday season. To prevent that from happening, make sure you set up a security system either before or right after moving in. Call your security system provider a few weeks prior to the move to schedule a time for them to come out and install the system in your house.

These 5 simple tips will make moving during the holiday season a little less stressful but if you find yourself in need of a hand, check out Relocate Stress Free!