Moving can be sad and stressful at any time during the year, but it can be particularly difficult during the holiday season. There’s even a famous Christmas song about it. The holiday standard “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” was introduced in the 1944 film “Meet Me in St. Louis,” when a character played by Judy Garland sang the song to cheer up her young sister over an impending move from St. Louis to New York. If you’re faced with the prospect of moving during the holidays, A.B. Richards would like to offer some helpful hints. And if you need extra storage because of a potential move, A.B. Richards has portable storage containers available for rent at a price you can afford. Here are 3 tips for moving during the holiday season:
Stay in the Holiday Spirit
Just because you have to move doesn’t mean you have to stop celebrating the holidays. Angie’s List suggests moving during the week right after Christmas and before the new year because it’s a very low-key time to relocate. But if you do have to move in the middle of the season, keep your holiday decorations up until the very last minute. If you have children, pay special attention to them. Make sure they know early on that the move is happening and talk to them about what they’re feeling. Try to keep them involved in holiday activities and also let them get involved in the packing process.
Pack with the Holidays in Mind
If your move is going to take place during the holiday season, make your holiday decorations be the last thing you pack at the old location and the first thing you unpack at the new one. As always, you should keep a running list of what you’re packing and label each box so you know where things are going. You can even make packing a holiday event. have some friends over, sing a few carols and enjoy an eggnog or sugar cookies. Make the last few days at your old location memorable.
Remember to Consider Holiday Schedules
Don’t forget, not everything runs smoothly during the holiday season and this can affect your move. Businesses will close or have irregular hours. It’s also quite possible that prices will be more expensive during the holidays. It can be particularly hard to find a mover when many will be closing up shop for a few days. You still want to look for a reputable company, so do your research early. Other steps usually taken during the move may also become difficult, so stay on top of the schedules of your lawyers, finance companies, home inspectors and any utility companies you may need to deal with in connection with the move.
Let A.B. Richards Help with All of Your Storage Needs
It’s not easy moving during the holidays but people do it all the time. We hope our tips were helpful and will make it easier for you if you are faced with such a move. If you have any storage needs, related to relocation or the holiday season, A.B. Richards has portable storage units that are right for you. Contact us today!