Are you planning to move during the winter holidays? Here are some tips to make your move successful and avoid spoiling your holiday cheer!
1. Send holiday cards with your new address. If you are sending holiday cards, use your new address as the return address and make note of your move in the card.
2. Verify that your utilities will be on when you arrive at your new home. Everybody loves a white Christmas, except for the ones without heat.
3. Do not pack winter supplies such as an ice scraper, snow shovel, winter coats, etc. Pack these items in a separate bag that will be available to you if necessary.
4. Keep your driveway and sidewalks clear. You need to keep clear and safe paths to and from your home while moving. Consider salting the area ahead of time.
5. Aggressively monitor the weather reports. If there is any winter weather heading your way, you will want to know so you can adjust your plan accordingly.
6. Have all decorations ready to be packed. If you want to leave decorations up before you move, have boxes set aside for them. You can also purchase some inexpensive decorations that are easy to pack.
7. Be mindful of temperature-sensitive items. For example, extreme cold can cause china to crack.
8. Use the holidays as an excuse to meet the neighbors. Say hi while decorating the outside of your home, or bring them a gift to spark a friendship.
9. Consider moving holiday gifts yourself. Instead of packing them in a moving van with the rest of your items, consider placing them in the car with your family. This way, you can personally ensure the protection of your holiday gifts, and they can be among the first items unpacked.
10. Purchase gifts ahead of time. You are already managing a move, so there is no need to add on the last-minute panic of finding a specific gift.
11. Have gifts delivered to your new home. Assuming the delivery date lines up with your move-in date, having orders shipped to your new home helps avoid confusion.
12. Find nearby holiday events in the community. If you will be on the road during the holidays, an online search to find holiday events that your family can attend helps ensure you do not miss out on the holiday spirit.
13. Consider dining out. Instead of the big home-cooked family dinner, take a break this year. Go out to a nice restaurant with your family and enjoy the meal.
If you’ve moved during the holidays, tweet us your tips and experiences or share them in the comments section below.