Moving can be stressful no matter when you schedule it. When your move happens over the holidays, it can certainly add to your stress. Your holiday move survival guide includes some holiday moving tips that will help you enjoy the season and enjoy a successful move to your new home.
Keep an Eye on the Weather
While Atlanta is not generally known for its snowstorms, the temperature can dip during the winter months. As your move date approaches, keep an eye on the forecast and prepare accordingly. Rain can occasionally freeze overnight so sidewalks and roadways could get slick. If you are moving to another part of the country, stay up to date on their weather forecast as well so you can be ready for the cold temperatures or snowy streets.
Go Ahead and Decorate
When you are moving over the holidays, you may wonder if it’s worth it to put up decorations or a tree. Decorating for the holidays will help you get in the mood of the season and reduce your stress somewhat, so you’re not looking at an empty home while you get ready to move. Keep your decorations simple and then pack them separately so you can get to them quickly when you arrive in your new home. Go ahead and set up decorations there as well, so you can make it feel like home right away.
Make and Stay on a Budget
One of the most important holiday moving tips is to focus on your budget. You may be tempted during the holiday season to spend more than you normally would on presents, decorations, and other goodies. When you are moving during the holidays, you’ll also have all the expenses involved in that undertaking. Let friends and loved ones know that you are on a tighter budget this year. They may actually appreciate that, since it may also relieve some of their financial stress during this challenging year.
Involve the Children
If you are moving with children, engage them in the transition. You can make it a fun game for them to pack and unpack their own items. Hide a small stocking stuff in each of their boxes so they’ll have a nice surprise when they open them in your new home. Reward them with small holiday gifts for being a good helper while you pack. They’ll feel more like part of the progress and will even have some fun while they help you with your moving tasks.
While you are going through your clothes, furniture, and other items to determine which can be donated, let your children decide what they can give away also. This not only declutters your home and gives you less to move, but it shows your children the value of helping other people who may not have as many toys or clothes.
Donate Seasonal Items
In addition to toys and furniture, warm clothes and holiday decorations are much needed by organizations that reach out to the less fortunate during this time of year. Take a close look at your family’s closets and those tubs of holiday items. Are there things you don’t use anymore? Perhaps you have an artificial Christmas tree that you don’t want to move to your new home or a box of wrapping and bows that you won’t need this year. Reach out to local organizations to see if they know of anyone who could make good use of these seasonal items.
Say Seasons Greetings with a New Address
When you mail out holiday cards, include your new address on the inside of the card and let people know when you will arrive in your new home. Most people will toss the outside envelope so include a separate note or place a sticker on your card with “We’ve moved!” and all the details you want to share.
Give Yourself the Gift of Help
You have enough to do during the holiday season. One of the best holiday moving tips is to hire professional help for your move. Book early and move mid-week, if possible, to save money. The movers will do all the packing, transporting, and unpacking so you can focus on enjoying your new home and enjoying the holidays.
Call Fox Moving and Storage Atlanta for a Stress-Free Move!
At Fox Moving and Storage Atlanta, we want you to enjoy a wonderful holiday season. If you’re planning a move within the greater Atlanta area or are moving across the country, the professional movers at Fox Moving & Storage Atlanta can help. We will work with you to ensure your next move is safe, smooth, and stress-free. We offer a free quote so you will know that our expert services will fit in your moving budget. Simply give us a call today at 678-704-0444 to find out how we can help you.