The Holidays are the busiest time of year for many Americans. With all of the decorating, shopping, and cooking the Holiday season can be quite stressful. When you add moving on top of all the work that goes on during the Holidays, it can be overwhelming. However, even with all the stress, moving around the Holiday season can be smart. For one thing, moving rates are often lower in the winter than the peak summer season. Additionally, if you have children, it will be easier for them to switch schools during the winter break. If you plan it properly, moving during the Holiday season may be the right decision for you! Here are our 5 tips for making your Holiday move a merry one:
1. Book Well in Advance
Regardless of what time of year you move, it’s always wise to book well in advance. Moving companies keep very tight schedules and may not be able to help you if you try to book the night before a move. Here at Move Matcher, we recommend booking your move at least one month before the move date. Booking in advance is even more important during the Holiday season. In the days surrounding Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Year’s, moving companies may have limited availability. By calling well in advance, you can ensure that you’ll be able to move on your desired date.
2. Save Up
The Holidays are an expensive time of year. Buying gifts, decorations, and food can add up. According to Investopedia, When you throw moving into the mix, your Holiday spending can increase dramatically. If you know you have to move around the Holiday season, it would be smart to start saving as soon as you can. Along with the cost of a moving company, moving often entails buying some new furniture and appliances. Plus, you’ll either have to make a security deposit for an apartment or a down payment on a new home.
3. Wait to Decorate
Everybody wants to get into the Holiday spirit. However, if you’re moving, it may be a waste of time to decorate a home you’re moving out of. The process of putting up decorations, taking them down, and putting them back up again would be rather tedious. Instead, wait until you’ve moved to your new home to put up decorations.
4. Don’t Host Parties
Hosting a Holiday party can be a hassle. Your home or apartment will have to be decorated and cleaned from top to bottom. Then there’s all the cooking that goes with it. If you’re moving around the holiday season, hosting a Holiday party is probably not the best idea. Certainly, your friends and family should understand that you can’t host when you’re moving. Once you’re all settled in, your new home will be the perfect place to host a Holiday party next year!
5. Shop Early
Just like moving, shopping can be a stressful exercise. Around the Holiday season, stores will be packed to the brim. Since you’ll be busy preparing for a move, it would be a good idea to get shopping out of the way early. Head to the stores in late October or early November before the post-Thanksgiving rush. Another good option is to shop online to avoid the crowded stores. Once you’ve purchased your gifts, ask a trusted relative or friend if you can stash them at their house so they won’t get lost during the move. If you’re moving across the country, you can ship your gifts to your new address to make things easier.