Even if you didn’t expect to spend your holidays making the move of a lifetime, there are a ton of advantages to moving around Thanksgiving and Christmas… You can move during your work holidays and avoid using extra vacation days, you won’t have to worry about moving during the heat of the summer, and you’ll have so much more flexibility in scheduling your move because our busiest moving season takes place before the fall! However, the holiday season can be the busiest time of your year, so you’ll want to keep these five handy tips in mind:
1. Contact your moving company well in advance.
Keep in mind that your movers will also be given some sort of work holiday over the next couple months, so you’ll want to find out about their “off” days before you finalize your moving schedule. Some companies may also have additional fees on holiday weekends to accommodate their moving staff, and you don’t want to be surprised by these charges. To avoid having to change your plans later on, you’ll want to call your moving company about a month before you plan to move so you can discuss these details and be sure they know about all of your plans and deadlines.
2. Let everyone know you’re moving.
Another advantage that comes with moving over the holidays is that you can use holiday greeting cards or annual family newsletters to announce your move to relatives and friends. Spreading the news over social media is definitely exciting, but incorporating an announcement through your traditional Christmas cards can add a seasonal touch. And while you have mail on your mind, don’t forget to let your post office and other delivery services know about your move in advance. This way, you won’t miss any important bills or gifts coming in from out-of-town family members.
3. Arrange your packing plans early.
The holidays inevitably bring additional hustle and bustle to your home with vacations, parties, traveling guests, and other holiday traditions. You may want to go ahead and start thinking about how to keep your non-essentials organized and out of the way of holiday activities. Start the purging process early, and think about charities that may need your unneeded home goods for their holiday initiatives. Also decide where you want to keep your items that aren’t used on a daily basis until life starts to quiet down. Keep in mind that you have the option of renting a storage unit for a couple months so you won’t have to worry about unpacking until after your festivities end in the new year.
4. Consider adjusting your decoration and celebration plans.
For many of us here at Two Men and a Truck Nashville, putting up Christmas decorations around the home is a way that we usher in the holidays with our families. If you’re the same way, you definitely don’t want to neglect this fun tradition in your home. However, it may be best to put off the more detail-oriented decorating until after your move has been completed, so you can avoid unnecessary packing and moving delays. Additionally, you may want to think about going to a friend’s home, or a rented space such as a nearby cabin, for any large dinner celebrations you typically host at home. This way, you can keep the holiday spirit alive without adding extra stress to your move.
5. Remember what’s important to you this season!
With all the responsibilities that come with moving, coupled with holiday tasks of shopping and entertaining, it can be challenging to remember the joy and spirit that comes with your holiday traditions. Don’t forget that your usual gift giving, party planning, and decorating are just small details that come with a greater sense of family and celebration this time of year. Find ways to remind yourself of the spirit of this season when things become stressful–bake some cookies with your spouse, watch a holiday movie with your kids, or take some time to read a favorite story snuggled under a blanket with your dog. When you keep the bigger picture in mind, all of your smaller move details will fall into place!
Need any help planning your holiday move? Give us a call at 615-248-6288 or check out our website for all the details about our schedule and pricing.