The upcoming holidays may not seem like the ideal time for you to move, especially when you may be busy buying gifts, wrapping, decorating, and baking. Then there is the COVID-19 pandemic, which is changing the way most families plan to celebrate the holidays in the US. However, there are actually a number of unexpected advantages of moving during the holiday season.
The 2020 Holiday Season
During normal years, the holidays are spent visiting family, perhaps even traveling across the country. You might have planned to host or attend parties for friends and co-workers. During the COVID-19 pandemic, holiday celebrations will be mostly virtual so you can participate in them from anywhere. The virtual shift will free up more of your time so you can better prepare to move during the holiday season.
A Good Time to Sell
The winter months are a good time for selling a home, as there are typically fewer homes on the market during the holidays. The spring and summer are the most popular season for moving, so most people will put their homes on the market during those seasons. Home buyers will be eager to see your home when it hits the market during the holidays, as it will be one of a very few available during this time of the year.
A Redfin study of 19 metropolitan cities found that homes listed in the winter months spent fewer days on the market compared to homes listed in other seasons. Even in very cold areas of the country, winter sellers got better results than those who listed any other time of year.
A Decorated Home is Enticing
When you decorate your home for the holidays, it becomes even more attractive to prospective buyers. The emotional aspect of touring a home that’s all dressed up for the season can help sell your home as well. Some tips for decorating, as you are also preparing to move, include:
- Keep it simple. You don’t have time to do too much and you don’t want it to be overwhelming for prospective buyers. Choose decorations that accent a room.
- Make it cozy. If you have a fireplace, light a fire if it can be done safely. Have some soft holiday music playing and either light some scented candles or actually bake some aromatic goodies or mulled cider to fill the air with the scents of the season.
- Keep the outside lights burning. It gets dark early in the winter, so make sure the outside of your home is well lit and safe for prospective buyers. Some of those lights can be holidays lights to add to the ambience, but again, don’t overdo it.
More Help Available
One of the unexpected advantages of moving during the holidays is that many of your friends and family members probably have some extra time on their hands. They can help you sort through items to be discarded or donated, assist with packing and unpacking, and run small errands for you as you prepare to move and prepare for the holiday season. Just be sure to follow safety guidelines when groups of people are together, such as wearing masks and maintaining social distances.
When you hire professional movers during the holiday season, you may enjoy lower rates for packing, moving, and storage. Movers are especially busy during the height of the moving season, from late spring through late summer, and rates are typically higher then. Contact your mover ahead of time and ask about the best time for them and for you to move during the holidays.
Contact Fox Moving and Storage Knoxville for Help Moving During the Holidays
Hiring a professional mover can be one of the most beneficial ways to reduce your stress and anxiety when moving during the holiday season. At Fox Moving & Storage Knoxville, we’ll help you plan your move and we can make sure all of your items are packed and moved carefully and safely. Call Fox Moving & Storage Knoxville today and let our professionals take care of every aspect of your move for you.
We’ll even give you a free quote for your move. All you need to do is give us a call at 865-437-5555. We can save you time, energy, and stress this holiday season. Your new home is waiting, and we want to help you get there. Contact Fox Moving & Storage Knoxville today to get started.