Are you planning a move during the winter holidays? Here at JK we realize the holidays are plenty busy without a move in the middle of everything; so here are ten tips to help with your move.
Instead of just moving all the holiday decorations that have been packed since last year, go through all of them.
It might be hard, but it may be time to donate decorations that haven’t been on display for years. Not only are you saving how much you move, but you’re spreading holiday cheer when you donate.
When sending out your holiday cards make it a “two-fer” and let everyone know of your upcoming move as well.
Make sure to use your new address as the return address. This is an easy way to make sure everyone knows that you’re moving and where they can find you. Send the cards right away too, so you can receive your own as well.
Make sure you change your address with the post office!
This is something you should always do before a move, but especially important during the holidays.
Verify that all utilities are turned on and ready to go the day you arrive.
Spending a day without electricity would dampen the holiday spirit, so make sure you have confirmed all utilities are ready to go.
Have each member of the family create their own special holiday mix CD.
Take turns listening to each family member’s mix while you drive and carol your way to your new home.
Keep the traditions alive as best you can.
Talk with your family and find out what matters most to them with holiday traditions. As you make the list, decide which traditions are possible and then do everything in your power to make sure they happen.
Start new traditions.
Traditions have to start somewhere, right? During the move, look for fun places you can stop by and visit. It might not be the holiday celebration that your family is used to, but it doesn’t have to be a “lost” holiday.
Separate the items you need for the holidays.
Make sure you know where the wrapping paper, ornaments, lights, and gifts are as you travel. You do not want a necessary component to the holiday celebration in a moving truck when you need them the most.
Talk with your realtor about the holiday schedule for your new community.
The tree lighting, or community holiday play are all great ways to meet new people in the area and get out of the house for a few hours.
And finally, plan as best you can.
Make a list, check it twice and do your best to keep everything under control. In fact, plan for delays. Remember the weather can be a factor, businesses don’t always keep normal hours and there could be a parade on your move-in day. Plan ahead and you shouldn’t run into any major issues.
Have you moved during the holidays? What was your experience? Do you have any tips you would like to add? Please leave a note in the comments section below.