Oh, the holidays. A time for family gatherings, present exchanges, shopping sprees, decorating and office parties. The holiday season is a festive and busy time of year. Add moving into the mix and things become a little more than hectic. A holiday move will keep you on your toes, so it’s important to prepare, organize and prioritize.
Are you searching for a new place to call home for the holidays? You’ll need to know these top tips before you get started!
Schedule Right After Christmas
Work together with your real estate agent and try to schedule settlement(s) a few days after Christmas. As you schedule, remember that, in most instances, you’ll make your move before your settlement. Both you and your home buyers will want to complete a walk-through once the house is empty.
A move after Christmas gives you the chance to celebrate with friends & family. Once the holiday madness is over, most of us take the time to relax and enjoy our gifts. Take advantage of this downtime for a stress-free moving experience. It’s also a bonus that you’ll be starting over in a new place right around New Years!
Start your preparations as early as possible. Purchase packing supplies and begin packing the stuff you rarely use. Sort and separate items you know you won’t take with you to the new home. Who knows - maybe you’ll find something to re-gift!
Complete your holiday shopping early. To save on time, shop online. Make sure to designate a room exclusively for holiday presents so they don’t ge-t lost in the move. If you’re moving before the holiday, consider moving the gifts yourself. Winter weather could cause delays.
Donate, donate, donate! Now is the perfect time to help a family in need and spread some holiday cheer. If you have old toys and clothing lying around, go to these charities that help children at Christmas time.
Book a full-service move
If you want to dedicate your energy to the holidays, hire full-service movers. Full-service moves give you the luxury of a hands-free moving experience. The movers will handle your disposal, packing, clean out, dis- and re-assembly, moving, unpacking and organizing. Every moving company is different, and some offer more services than others, so make sure to research before scheduling estimates.
While there are many benefits to full-service moves, keep in mind that these types of moves can hurt your wallet. Be sure to plan and budget accordingly. You’ll also need to take several days off work for the movers to complete the services. Most full-service moves can’t happen in one day.
Mix up tradition
Get creative with your traditions and make new memories. If you usually host the holiday dinner, consider switching things up. Make a reservation at a nice restaurant and invite your closest family. Most will understand you’re moving and will make their own plans.
If you must host at home, try to keep it simple and budget-friendly. Host a potluck, use paper plates and plastic utensils for an easy clean up. Try out these great Christmas planning tips!
Think about the weather
Make sure you have a backup plan for winter weather. Snow and ice can cause delays or cancellations. Ask your movers about their winter weather policy. You wouldn’t want to risk the safety of your belongings. Keep watch of the weather forecast and avoid any travel if a state of emergency is declared. If you’re moving long distance, create an emergency moving kit with every day essentials, water and snacks. If the roads become too dangerous, you might need to stay at a hotel.
If you’re in need of storage, consider a temperature-controlled facility. Certain furniture could sustain damage if left out on the cold.
No matter what life throws at you, try to look at the positives and stay festive. Keep the holiday spirit alive by setting up easy decorations. Have one room decorated until the last minute – and yes, buy the tree!
Play Christmas music around the home. Dedicate some time to enjoying the season. Take a day trip and tour neighborhoods to look at Christmas lights. If you need to stay in a hotel, book a decorated place that throws events the entire family can enjoy.
Time management is very important during a move. Make sure you exercise, sleep at least 7-8 hours a day and eat a well-balanced diet. Maintain some normalcy as the world around you is changing.
A holiday move is challenging, but if you stay joyful and organized, you’re sure to make wonderful memories!