You’ve sold your house – congratulations! Signing those closing papers and handing over the keys to new owners can be a great relief. But that means that it’s time to move – during the holiday season, no less. While it isn’t necessarily the most ideal time to pick up and move, it can be done. In fact, there are even some benefits to moving during this time of year. Here’s what you need to know to keep your stress at a minimum.
If you’re relying on a moving company to help you with your relocation, then you should make your reservation as soon as possible. Some moving companies may take time off over the holidays to let their employees enjoy time with family and friends. And try to avoid moving over a holiday weekend. You’ll pay a premium, and you’ll have to deal with holiday traffic.
Strategize your packing
Are you the kind of person who gets depressed when you can’t decorate for the holidays? Just because you’re moving doesn’t mean you can’t get into the holiday spirit. Set out a few of your decorations, and plan to pack them up last. The key is not to go overboard – you don’t want to be in a rush to get them all put away on moving day. The added benefit of packing them up last means you can unpack them first when you get to your new place.
Plan your budget
Moving can be expensive. That can be a challenge when you’re also spending money on holiday gifts. Save money by planning to move in the middle of the week. You may be able to score a deal on your moving services. You can also save money by packing up your own truck and moving yourself. Score used boxes and packing material on sites like Craigslist. Use your blankets and towels to cushion furniture instead of purchasing moving blankets. And if you can convince friends and family to help you – even better! Turn it into a celebration with holiday music and cookies.
Donate what you don’t need
Don’t make moving harder than it needs to be. While you’re packing up your belongings, be honest about what you use and what you don’t use. There’s no sense in packing up box after box of items you won’t need in your new place. Instead, donate those items to a local charity, or give them to family and friends. During this time of year, it feels great to be able to donate to those who may be in need.
Include your new address in holiday cards
If you’re planning to send out holiday cards this year, then why not kill two birds with one stone? Include your new mailing address in the cards that you send to your friends and family. This will save you both money and time, and let your loved ones know where they should send their holiday cards.
Wait until after Christmas
Do you normally take time off of work between Christmas and New Years? Then why not schedule your move to coincide? As a bonus, your family and friends may also be taking off work and may be available to help you with your move!