Let’s face it: the holiday season is likely not the best time of the year to move. In many parts of the country, there is cold, snowy weather to contend with. You may have a lot going on besides your move, including holiday visits to family. And the sense of dislocation in moving may be particularly acute at this time of year.
Here are some tips to consider that might make moving during the holidays just a little easier for you.
Move in the off-season. Here’s a silver lining. Because the month of December is considered an off-season for moving in many parts of the country, you likely will be able to procure moving services of all kinds at a discount over spring and summer rates.
Get your schedule organized. You’ll want to plan your move around any religious or social obligations you traditionally have during the holidays. That means planning well in advance, especially if you’re hoping to host any holiday gatherings in your new home. (Remember to give yourself extra time for the move in case you hit any unexpected snags.) Or maybe you’ll want to be nice to yourself and spend the holidays with family and friends before you really settle in to your new home.
Get holiday contact info for your community manager. You’ll want to know the information to be able to get in touch with a contact at your new apartment community who has been designated to assist you with any move-in details.
Prepare for the weather. A winter move can be hazardous to your car and your belongings. Keep weather conditions in mind as you undertake your move in winter months.
Also, inquire about arrangements you can make in advance with your apartment community to assist with the details of getting moved in, such as reserving a freight elevator or securing parking for your moving truck. Planning ahead may help speed up the process.
And keep in mind that you’ll still be sweating even underneath a sweater or winter coat when you move your belongings, so you’ll need to stay hydrated even if you’re not feeling the heat.
Don’t move presents. Whenever possible, have gifts shipped directly to the recipient or to your new home. Any present you don’t have to move yourself is one less source of stress!
Take advantage of holiday celebrations. Tree lightings, tours of homes, ice rinks — lots of towns put on a show for the holidays. These can give you an opportunity to get out and see the sights of your new town. Similarly, some apartment communities host holiday events for residents, allowing you to meet your neighbors over eggnog.
Though moving at a busy time of year like the holidays may feel like an unwanted distraction, you can try turning your move into a fond memory to come. Whether it’s with holiday music in the car as you’re driving, a tree with a few of your favorite ornaments, or a menorah that plays host to the first fire you light in your new fireplace, taking a little time to acknowledge the holidays may boost your mood and make you feel more at home in your new apartment at holiday-time!
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