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6 Tips for Moving During the Holidays

Moving during the holiday season is different than relocating the rest of the year. Suddenly, we have so much more to do. Packing, shopping, and celebrating the season can definitely fluster even the most organized person.

Below are some tips to ensure that your moving experience is organized and as stress-free as possible.

1. Give yourself plenty of time to pack.

Packing everything you and your family own for a move is no small task. That’s why it is highly recommended that you start packing early to avoid rushing. For an organized move, you want to give yourself enough time to label each box and pad your breakables to protect them.

It is far too easy to become overwhelmed if you procrastinate for too long. Make it fun. Play your favorite holiday music, eat pizza, and do whatever it takes to turn this chore into an enjoyable event.

2. Prepare a realistic moving budget.

There’s no denying the fact that moving is an expensive proposition at any time of the year. The added financial strain of holiday gifts and festivities makes it even more important to budget wisely. Realtor.com recommends asking for holiday discounts when it makes sense. After all, it is the season of giving.

When calculating your moving expenses, be sure to remember the incidentals that are easy to forget at first glance. A few expenses that are often forgotten are window coverings for your new home, utility deposits, gas, hardware, garbage bags, drawer liners, and cleaning supplies.

3. Make practical choices to keep your holiday spirit alive throughout your move.

While you probably want to make a few changes to the holidays to accommodate your move, that does not mean you should throw up your hands and forget about the holidays entirely. A few nice holiday decorations can go a long way to improve your mood. Instead of spending hours putting up decorations in your home that might have to be packed up for the move very soon, select a few decorations that are easy to move at the last minute like wreaths and small tabletop trees.

4. Strategically select and schedule your movers and move date.

Select your movers with great care. Get referrals from friends if possible. Moving.com advises you to do your homework and check out the company’s reputation and reviews before making a commitment. Keep in mind that the worst thing that can happen is that the day of your move, the movers don’t show up.

5. Include your new address and news of your move in your holiday cards.

If you still send out holiday cards, it makes sense to use this tradition as a way to give your friends and family members your new address. Anything that you can do to make life easier during a stressful move is encouraged.

By sending your information out at one time, it will save you from texting the information out to each person individually.

6. Prepare for the possibility of potential surprises.

Anyone who has ever experienced a traumatic move understands that sometimes disruptive and unexpected surprises can ruin your plans. That’s why it is always important to have emergency contact numbers programmed into your phone just in case you need them.

Below are a few of the problems that you should be prepared to handle.

  • The moving company does not show up.
  • The electricity or water in your new home is not on.
  • The moving company charges you more than expected.
  • The moving company gets into a traffic accident, damaging some of your things.
  • Your new home is dirty and not ready for you to move in.
  • Personal items are missing.

The Takeaway

Moving during the holidays holds special challenges. The more prepared you are, the better off you’ll be.