Relocating During the Holidays? Hire a Moving Company
Whether you’re relocating across the country or down the street, moving during the holidays is no easy task. Besides all of the regular seasonal distractions, you’ll now have to deal with planning a move. However, moving doesn’t mean you’ll have to turn into the Grinch this holiday season. To ensure that your upcoming move is as merry as possible, hire a moving company.
Hire a Reliable Moving Company
While it’s not actually considered “peak moving season,” the holidays can be an extremely busy time for movers. After all, they have their own holiday commitments too. This means if you are planning to hire a moving company, it’s important to book a reliable service as soon as possible.
Keep in mind that moving on a holiday weekend will cost more than moving on a non-holiday. If you’re planning a DIY move, consider all of the holiday traffic as roads fill up with holiday shoppers and travelers. The US Department of Transportation states that the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s periods are among the busiest travel times of the year. Thanksgiving Day happens to be one of the heaviest long-distance travel days for vehicles. Given this information, it is recommended to avoid moving on these days if at all possible. Booking a reliable moving company will help you to avoid travel issues.
With all of the gift buying and travel expenses accrued during the holiday months, it’s already hard enough to stay on a budget during this time of year. Add in the moving expenses and you’re probably going to need to start looking for other ways to tighten your belt this season. If you’re hiring a moving company, keep in mind that you may be able to save a few bucks by scheduling a midweek move and avoid moving during a holiday weekend when moving companies may be short-staffed.
Other ways to keep costs low is to avoid paying for moving boxes and looking at local stores, offices, and the internet for free cardboard boxes and reusing old newspaper, magazines, blankets, and towels to cushion your belongings instead of purchasing bubble-wrap.
If you really look forward to the holiday season, there’s nothing more depressing than an undecorated home. To avoid feeling bummed once you’re in your new location, pack up your Christmas decor, gift wrap, presents, and holiday wardrobe in separate and clearly labeled boxes. Ask the movers to put them in your main living room when they arrive at your new home. This way you can unpack your holiday trinkets as soon as you arrive. While you may not feel like unpacking every single object before New Years, you could get in the holiday spirit with a few decorations here and there.
Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do about the weather on moving day. If you’re relocating to or from colder parts of the country, such as the Northeast and Midwest, be prepared for cold temperatures. From icy roads to white-out blizzards, the holiday season can usher in dangerous winter weather conditions that could pose serious challenges for moving.
Make sure you have proper moving supplies and winter garments to deal with treacherous conditions. Boots, hats, gloves, shovels, and salt may be necessary. Pack up your belongings in as many waterproof plastic bins as possible. Watch out for slippery sidewalks and stairs. Most importantly, remember to have your heat and electricity turned on in your new home by the time you arrive.
It’s estimated that 400,000 burglaries take place every year in the US during the holidays, that’s the last thing you’d want to happen during Christmas. To prevent that from happening, make sure you set up a security system either before or right after moving in. Call your security system provider a few weeks prior to your move and schedule a time for them to come out and install the system in your home.
Book a Quality Moving Company
Meelheims Transfer and Storage is a NJ mover with over 50 years of experience and many tips for moving. We have a proven reputation for professionalism and efficiency. We have seen and moved just about everything, and can ensure that your items are properly packed as needed. Whether your move is local or long distance, we have you covered. When you are preparing for a big move, contact Meelheims Moving and Storage.