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How to Move During the Holidays

No matter what you celebrate, the holidays are a joyful (and busy!) time. Considering that there are approximately 50 holidays celebrated around the world between November 1st and January 15th each year, this can be a hectic time to move.

When choosing a moving date, many factors can come into play. Between the availability of moving companies and other factors like job relocation or escrow timelines, there are a lot of moving parts to consider. While summer is often considered the most popular time to move, more and more homeowners are moving during the fall and winter.

If you’re thinking about moving during the holidays, we have some helpful tips and insight to share. As Southern California movers who have been helping customers since 1996, we know a bit about holiday moves and what can be done to make these as stress-free as possible.

Do Movers Work on Holidays?

The short answer? Yes! Movers tend to work on holidays. The long answer is that, due to significant demand, movers are often completely booked on holidays (and holiday weekends) months in advance. Depending on your specific timeline, and to ease your already crazy schedule this holiday season, it’s best to book movers as soon as possible so that you can lock in the moving date you’re hoping for.

Is It More Expensive to Move on a Holiday?

Like we mentioned above, holidays and holiday weekends are in high demand for movers. Moving companies like Affordable Quality Moving and Storage tend to be very busy and because these are “peak times,” those who choose to book on a holiday or holiday weekend can expect to pay higher rates.

Tips for Moving During the Holidays

Does the idea of moving during the holidays feel a bit overwhelming? To make your move as smooth as possible this holiday season, here are some tips that can help you prepare.

Make a Moving Plan

One of the first and most important things you can do to make your move easier is to make a moving plan. Take a look at your calendar to determine how you can fit everything from packing to shopping in, and, finally, schedule your moving date. This will not only give some structure to an otherwise hectic time, but it can also give you a deadline to work towards.

Take Your Time Packing

Get started as early as possible! This is an especially busy time, so giving yourself the time to pack can limit stress. Packing little by little can also make it easier for you to get it done while also enjoying the season.

Plan for Unexpected Expenses

Moving is already an ordeal, from the packing supplies to the time needed. Hiring a moving company can remove a lot of stress, but it’s always a good idea to be prepared for the unexpected costs that often accompany moves.

Hold Celebrations Earlier

The holidays can be a tad stressful, especially if you’re planning a move amongst the festivities. And if you’re used to hosting the big day at your home each year, that might be impossible if you have boxes everywhere. However, one of the best solutions to the problem at hand is to host your celebration early.

By doing this, you’ll allow yourself to keep the spirit of the holidays around and not miss out on the fun! And, by chance, if your kitchen is all packed up (or halfway there), you can opt to either make your celebration pot-luck style or order take-out, followed by using disposable utensils and dinnerware — it’s that simple and fun!

Shop Early

Since buying gifts online might not be ideal (think about it, you might be out of your current home before a package arrives), you’ll want to shop for your holiday gifts, at the store, as early as possible. This will not only make matters more straightforward for you, but you’ll feel less stressed knowing that you have presents for each of your loved ones ahead of time and won’t have to run out at the last minute.

Pack Decorations Last & Unpack Them First

For some homeowners, it won’t feel like the holiday season if there aren’t any decorations adorning the walls of their home. However, if you’re looking to spread some fun, festive cheer throughout your living space, there are a few ways you can still enjoy the magic of the holidays before and after the move!

Before your big moving day, you can lightly decorate your living room (or another popular room in the house)! And a day or two prior to the move, you can pack your decorations as the last items in your living space. Now, once you move into your new home, and if the holidays haven’t happened already, make sure to unpack your decor right after you take essential gadgets and gizmos out first.

Make it Special for Your Kids

When a significant change comes into your life, it can not only be a little overwhelming for you but for your children, too. And since moving around the holidays can cut into timeless family traditions, it’s essential to make it as special for your kids as possible. Whether that means letting them purchase a decoration for your new home or even letting them decorate their new bedroom, the possibilities are endless!

Once Moved In, Attend Local Events

Another great way to truly enjoy the holiday season is to find local events near your new home. This is ideal because not only will you be able to explore your new surroundings, but it makes for a great way to take a break from unpacking! And when you’re gallivanting on your holiday adventure, you might even have the chance to meet local business owners or even make new friends!

Choose an Experienced Santa Clarita Moving Company

No matter what time of year you’re planning to move, whether it’s across the street or across the country, the right moving company can make it easier. Affordable Quality Moving and Storage has been moving customers in Santa Clarita, Burbank, Temecula, San Diego, and throughout Southern California since 1996. With our extensive moving services, including storage and packing services, we can handle your move – big or small! Your holiday move is in good hands with AQMS.

To learn more about how Affordable Quality Moving and Storage can make your holiday move less stressful, contact our movers at (661) 622-2636.