Most people don’t think of moving around the holidays. But it can actually be the perfect time. The kids are off school anyway and movers generally have a lot more availability during the summer.
And maybe the best part is that you won’t have to do any hard work in the intense Los Angeles sun.
IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR FOR DONATIONS
Moving is always a great time to minimize. Think how much someone in need might appreciate your pre-loved clothes or furniture.
CHANGE YOUR ADDRESS IN PLENTY OF TIME
Are you expecting holiday cards? Will your kids be waiting for gifts to arrive?
Then it’s even more important to let everyone know your new address in good time. And check out a forwarding service for everyone who didn’t get the memo.
THINK ABOUT THE ROADS AND FREEWAY
Moving locally or moving long distance? Try to plan your trip when everyone’s not traveling at once. Check the school calendars online if you don’t have kids to remind you, because the first day they’re all on vacation will be busy.
As you would expect, during the weeks before and after Christmas the roads are typically super packed, too.
AVOID BUSY, PRICEY FLIGHTS
Say you’re moving long distance or even internationally. Then bear in mind you’ll pay more for flights around the holidays.
You can mitigate this by booking ahead of time and being flexible with dates if possible. It could be well worth waiting if you can enjoy a cheaper flight with more space to yourself.
CONSIDER WHEN YOU’LL GO GROCERY SHOPPING
No-one wants to move with a full pantry. And certainly not with a fully stocked refrigerator or freezer. But which grocery stores will be open around your new place?
When you’re moving around the holidays, double check that the stores you’re planning to stock up in are actually open.
THINK ABOUT YOUR MEALS IN THE NEW PLACE
OK so this year you may not have a kitchen full of seasonal leftovers. Plan some easy and appetizing meals you can make quickly in your new home. That way you won’t have to rely on takeout when you don’t want to.
PLAN FOR UTILITY COMPANY CLOSURES
Will the gas or electricity company be taking calls if you need them? Is everything good to go in your new place? It’s best to make all the calls you need to before the holidays. You don’t want to get an answering machine on moving day. Likewise…
CHECK WHEN YOUR REAL ESTATE AGENT AND LAWYERS OFFICE IS CLOSED
Ask ahead of time and make sure there’s nothing vital that you’ll need when everyone is out of the office.
MAKE YOUR NEW HOME LOOK FESTIVE
Packing a few festive decorations can make all the difference. You don’t need a huge outdoor display. But a couple of indoor decorations have an instant effect.
Your new home will feel welcoming and like your own in no time. So make sure your decorations are clearly labelled in a box you can unpack early.
PLAN FOR YOUR PETS
New Years means fireworks, and we know that dogs and cats don’t appreciate them as much as humans. Rabbits can also feel distressed outside so bring them inside if you can.
So if you’re moving around New Year, think about where the quietest place in your new home will be. Go for an early walk before the banging. Then, when it’s firework time, keep your pets inside and close the curtains.
Having the TV on loudly can help mask the sound too. If your pet is anxious they might like a cozy space to hide, like behind the couch or under a chair.
Talk to your vet if your pet has been stressed around fireworks before because you can plan medicine in advance. Non-prescription calming chews can be a great help too.
DO SOME SEASONAL GOOD DEEDS
Volunteering is a fantastic way to make new friends and get to know people in your new area. So if you’re moving to a new city or state over the holidays, take advantage of the season of goodwill.
What are you interested in? Helping the homeless? The environment?
And there are often a lot more volunteering opportunities over the holidays. There’s sure to be a way you can help out close by.
HOW TO SAVE MONEY WHEN MOVING AROUND THE HOLIDAYS
Let’s face it, the holidays tend to be an expensive time of year anyway. We understand you may be on a budget, so here’s our advice for saving on holiday moving expenses.
Get Black Friday Bargain Packing Supplies
Planning on doing your own packing on a budget? Then you’ll need plenty of boxes, tape and bubble wrap. Shop around and you can find some great Black Friday deals.
Keep Those Delivery Boxes
Moving over New Year? Then maybe you’ll have delivery boxes left over from gifts. If they’re large and in good shape you can reuse them for your move.
Tone Down The Entertaining This Year
Perhaps you usually have everyone for a big dinner. You’ll have a lot to do this year, so could it be someone else’s turn? Or could you eat out?
You’ll have enough on your plate with the holiday move. So this is really as much about money saving as it is about eliminating stress.
Choose A Great Value Moving Company
Don’t let anything dampen your holiday mood. Air1 Moving & Storage is a company you can rely on for an easy move, at a reasonable price.
CHOOSE AIR1 MOVING & STORAGE FOR THE BEST HOLIDAY MOVES
When you’re moving around the holidays, Air1 Moving & Storage has your back. We’ll organize everything so all you have to do is enjoy the holiday cheer in your new home.