Nobody wants to move during the holiday season. You’d probably prefer to be decorating your home and enjoying some close family time rather than worrying about packing and relocating. But sometimes it’s necessary. If you need to move over the holidays, here are some helpful tips to ensure you have a merry move.
Even though the holidays aren’t the busiest moving season, moving companies get booked up in advance. As soon as you know your move date, place your reservation with your moving company of choice. Look at holiday traffic patterns and try to avoid moving during peak travel days around the holidays.
Put Aside Money
Budgets can be stretched already with holiday spending. Once you know you’re going to move over the holidays, start setting aside money for things like the moving costs, utility hookups and other expenses associated with moving.
Since you’ll be arriving at your new home in the midst of the holidays, clearly mark boxes filled with presents and holiday décor to open first. Then deck the halls! That will bring some of the holiday spirit into your new house and help you to feel more at home with your treasured ornaments and decorations around you. There will be some sadness in not celebrating your usual traditions in your former home. To help relieve the pressure of a holiday move, don’t feel as if you have to go all out on your holiday decorating or celebrations this year. Instead, talk about your favorite traditions and try to establish some new ones.
Moving over the holidays is a great time to purge the items you no longer need, use or want. Consider donating these items to a local charity to recycle them back into families who need them. Get a receipt for anything you donate and deduct that donation on your taxes next year. Contact 123JUNK to pick up donated as well as disposed-of items.
Prepare for Weather
One thing you can’t control is the weather-especially if you are moving over the holidays into a colder climate. Keep items like boots, hats, gloves and snow shovels on hand just in case you need them. When you arrive at your destination, be sure to clear walkways and stairways if snow or ice are present. You don’t want your family members or the movers to have an accident while moving. Make sure the heat and electricity are turned on in your new home prior to your arrival.
Once you’ve arrived at your new home, don’t forget to enjoy the holidays. Plan a little “moving in” party for the family to celebrate the new home. You’ll be creating plenty of new traditions and new memories in your new house, so why not start right away?
123JUNK Helps with Moves Over the Holidays
Our goal at 123JUNK is to make your move easier—no matter what time of the year. We make it so easy that you don’t even have to sort items you’re looking to get rid of. Just make one pile and point us to it. Our junk removal specialists will take everything at once and sort it for you, dividing out items to deliver to our charity partners, items to take to the recycling center, and those to drop at the local landfill. Then we’ll provide you with a receipt for donated goods and furnishings that you can use on next year’s tax deductions.
When you’re moving over the holidays, contact 123JUNK.