Moving During the Holidays

October 8, 2019 / Posted in How-to
Eva Johnson

Digital nomad born in New York but currently living online, Eva knows everything there is to know about packing and moving.

Generally, moving during the holidays is difficult to organize. Even though you have enough time to pack and relocate and relatively lower moving prices, you ‘ll face enormous traffic jams, bad weather conditions and a bunch of nervous people. 

girl drinking coffee from a holiday mug
If you’re moving during Christmas or some other holiday, think about everything in advance, including company movers, packing services, storage options, house issues, and saying bye to family and friends.

However, if you have no other option, there are some tips you can follow if you want to make your holiday relocation less stressful for you and your family. With our guide, your relocation could be performed as simple as apple pie.

Pick the Right Time for Moving During the Holidays

The right moment for relocation during the festive season may differ depending on the climate you are currently living in and the one you are going to. However, there are certain dates you should really avoid. If you hire professional movers, you should avoid the busiest days of the season, which is, for example, the weekend before Christmas Day, or even the whole Christmas week. Just imagine having to drive through all that traffic and bad weather just to buy some boxes and other packing supplies

If you are going by plane, then avoid traveling at least two or three weeks before Christmas. Weekends are especially busy, so we recommend you listen to one of the most common tips and travel on workdays when the prices may be lower. The same goes for professional movers. If you want to save a few much-needed bucks, it’s best to book your dates mid-week when there is less demand for moving services. If you follow these tips, your move will go as easy as a breeze.


Holiday Season and What to Expect

The good thing is you’ll probably have a break from work and your children will be away from school for the holidays, so you’ll all be able to take your share of responsibility when it comes to packing and preparing for the move. 

Relocation is a long process, so it is prudent to start planning well in advance and pack properly. Consider your budget, get proper supplies and take into account the weather conditions during the move. Next, set aside the things you do not need on an everyday basis first.

If you are obliged to move over the weekends, you can expect the rush of holiday shoppers and travelers, so prepare to be patient. And if you hire professional movers, make sure that they can approach your house. 

This is also a period known for home intrusions and robberies, as houses and apartments are left empty for a while. So, set up an alarm system before or immediately after settling in. That means you have to schedule installing the security system a few weeks before relocating.

Prepare your first-aid checklist for bad weather conditions.
If you’re moving during the winter, make sure all the roads are approachable and snow-free.

Holiday Season Brings More Expensive Ways of Moving

Just as all other prices rise during the holiday season, you can expect the moving prices to jump as well due to unfavorable weather conditions. In addition, remember that movers are also having their holidays so they may be understaffed during this period. They have to face heavy traffic and icy roads and pay their workers more for having to ship your car and belongings instead of being with their families at home. So remember to give them generous tips as a sign of appreciation for their great service.

Moving During the Holidays Instead of Celebrating

Obviously, another disadvantage of changing addresses during the holidays is having to pack and unpack, load and unload and do a lot of cleaning and assembling, instead of celebrating. You miss the moments of celebration and joy with your friends and family at your home to celebrate and relax. But try to find a way to cope with leaving your friends behind since it may pay off in the long run. You get to start the new year and life in a brand new home.

If you like a festive season, you’ll probably miss one because of settling down in your house.
Your home won’t be cozy and decorations may be missing when relocating during Christmas.

It Will Be Harder to Contact Help

Due to the increased risk of accidents and various problems during the holiday season, you should know that all emergency services will be extremely busy. And there are a bunch of things that can go wrong with relocation, so you’ll have to plan carefully and move safely. If you’re re planning on transporting your car to your new address, explore all the possibilities and take all necessary precautions.

Pack Your Belongings According to Categories

Unpacking will be easier if you follow some of the tips about and pack your stuff according to specific categories. Start with the decorative items and paintings, as you will definitely not need them until you move and certainly not as soon as you arrive at your new destination.

Begin with decorations and paintings, as you definitely won’t need them until you move and certainly not as soon as you arrive at your new destination. Think about what you need first, such as toiletries and basic kitchenware, a bed and bedsheets, a change of clothes, basic food and drinks. You should know that these things have to be packed separately in boxes to be opened first. So, logically, pack them last. Also, if you want to experience at least a bit of festive feeling, pack the Christmas decorations and presents separately and load them with the essentials. If there are things you don’t like anymore, you can donate them or give them to someone. For larger things that can’t fit your prospective apartment, call removal company and find out the advantages of storage units.  

If there are things you don’t want to bring with you, see if your family would like to keep them.
When it comes to packing and storage issues, make a checklist of items that should go with you.

Reasons to Organize Your Budget

You should know that moving during the holiday season can leave a big dent in your budget. It is a costly activity anyway, and with holiday prices usually raised insanely, so lack of cash doesn’t have to be your main worry. If you follow our useful guide about your costs and create your checklist with tasks and expenses, you may plan your budget properly and start saving in advance.

To reduce the costs, you can consider relocating on your own by renting a truck and getting boxes for free at the stores. But you’ll still have to buy some specialized boxes for electronics and other delicate items. You can also use alternative packing supplies, such as crumpled newspaper, blankets, towels and other clothing as padding. However, do not use newspapers to wrap items directly as they may leave traces of lead. You can use portable containers as storage units for the stuff that won’t go into your home right away.

However, depending on the situation, it may be cheaper to hire professional movers. As we already mentioned, opt for mid-week relocation and avoid weekends. And finally, you can also save some money by buying presents in advance, before the prices jump.

Sometimes hiring a company can be more affordable and stress-free than relocating DIY in winter months.
Long-distance relocation doesn’t have to be pricey if you know how to work out your budget.

Some Tips to Help You

Obviously, the first thing to think about when moving during the holidays is the weather. So one of the most important tips we can give you is to prepare well for the harsh weather conditions. You should be properly equipped for winter conditions, such as icy roads and snowfall. Plastic containers and baskets and garbage bags might be great moisture protection instead of cardboard boxes.

Also, dress appropriately. Arrange for utilities at your future home, and make sure that the heating is turned on in advance.

Take care of the utilities in your new home on time.
Cold weather could cause difficulties and unpredictable situations during the relocation, so if you would like everything goes smoothly, call your company and resolve all dilemmas.

Give Yourself Time to Adjust

Relocating is a huge transition. So, that doesn’t mean you should despair when the first problems arise, give yourself time to blend in. Help your family adjust, as well. Children need a lot of support when changing their routines, and this is especially true during the festive period. Prepare their health documents and school records in advance. An advantage is they will be on a Christmas break in their new school and will have more time to settle in.

With our guide on how to move without stress during the festive season in the middle of the winter, your relocation doesn’t need to be difficult at all. If you follow our words of advice, create your checklist ahead of time, and don’t worry about a thing when the big day comes. Our guide can provide you with great help and give you precious moments without stress when needed the most.

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