Moving during the holidays is never an easy task. Families who are moving now may be channeling their inner Grinch. But, take heart. There are some steps that you can take to make it a little easier – and to mitigate any potential crisis. We’d even go as far to say that with a little advance planning and some holiday spirit, you and your family can enjoy the holidays happily in your new home. Here are our tips for families moving during the holidays.
Have a game plan. It used to be that most people wanted to move in enough time to enjoy the new home before the holidays. Today, however, there is a rising trend in the number of families who want to be packed and loaded prior to the holidays and then delivered after the New Year. This way, they can distract the children from the move by going on vacation and reserving the settling-in process for January. No matter which plan you decide is best for your family, there are a couple of considerations.
If you want to be moved in before the Christmas and Hanukkah holidays, you will need to leave yourself plenty of time to unpack and set up your decorations. It’s simply impossible to move in your goods, unpack your boxes, set up a Christmas tree and make Santa’s cookies in one or two days. Try to arrange for delivery at least a week in advance.
If you prefer to wait to move in until the New Year, then you should be prepared for extra charges. Moving companies have a job to do and that job requires the use of our trucks. We cannot keep your items on the truck for you while you are on vacation. It will have to be moved into a warehouse to be stored, and then reloaded for delivery. Movers will be happy to accommodate, but there may be fees associated with handling and storage. Also, if you are going to be on vacation, it’s important that you give your mover a number where you can be reached in case of emergencies or scheduling dilemmas.
Clearly mark your decorations. If you are moving during the holidays and you hope to have your home set up in time for celebrations, then be sure to clearly mark the boxes with your decorations so that you can find them easily. This way, even if you aren’t fully unpacked, you’ll have your favorite Menorah or lights for your tree.
From Santa…ACK! We often see people moving Christmas gifts from one location to the other. If you have to pack your Christmas presents for the new home, and you have small children, talk to your movers to let them know they are sensitive boxes. Also, be sure to label them in a way so that the adults understand not to open them in front of the children. This way, no one will accidentally spill the beans about Santa. Also, regardless of which holiday you celebrate, you may want to mark boxes with gifts as private so that your children know not to open it, and then be sure to set them somewhere out of reach until the big day.
We wish you the best of luck with your move and hope you have a lovely holiday season.
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