The holiday season usually brings joy and peace of mind. It is time of the year everyone is looking forward to – the house is full of family and friends, there are a lot of delicious meals and everyone is cheerful. Most people have a few days off during holidays like Christmas, Easter Independence Day and they usually plan each moment of that period in advance. However, sometimes events suddenly take an awkward turn and unexpected things happen. One of those unpleasant events during the holiday season is an unexpected move.
Unfortunately, sometimes we are not so flexible about the moving date and we do not have choice about when to move. Unexpected moves due to a job change or some other circumstances are really stressful, especially during holidays.
Moving in December probably isn’t your first choice, but if there is nothing you can do to change it, at least try to make this holiday move less stressful for you and your family. A smooth relocation requires good organization, so stop complaining and get to work as soon as possible, since you don’t have much choice or time. Moving during the holiday season is not an ideal situation, but if you stick to the following guidelines you will realize that it is not that hopeless either.
Hire available moving company
Moving company will make sure that your items are transferred safe and sound to the new location, so contact your NYC movers as soon as possible. It won’t be an easy task, because most of the movers are not available during that period. Since your goal is to hire a reputable moving company, set aside significant amount of money, because a move during the holiday season is likely to cost you more than a regular one. In order to get an accurate moving quote, let your movers do an in-home moving estimate before coming to any agreement. That way they will have a clear insight in your belongings and you will get the possibility to discuss anything you want in person.
Take into consideration all moving costs and fees, there might be also the hidden ones. Bare in mind that in case you want to spend more time with your family for Christmas instead of packing, hire full service movers that will take care of your move completely. While you are having fun with your family, they will pack, load, move, unload and unpack your belongings and make the move as stress-free as they can.
Let others know that you are moving
Other than informing your loved ones about the move, make sure you notify all third-party services or companies you are subscribed to about your new address. That way your bills as well as your gifts or Christmas postcards will be delivered on time. Inform your friends and relatives how you can be contacted throughout the moving process as well, since you don’t want to be out of reach on Christmas.
Involve each family member
Since the whole family gathers to spend some time together for Christmas, don’t hesitate to engage each family member in the moving process. Even children can be helpful and they will love being involved. Also, bare in mind that if you maintain a festive spirit while preparing for the move, an unexpected move may turn into a positive experience. Prepare a family meal and decorations so that the Christmas spirit is kept alive in spite of all the moving stress. Put some decorations that can be moved easily to the new home and make if feel special.
Get to know your new neighborhood
An unfamiliar environment may seem a bit scary for Christmas. However, during the holiday season there are some special events and organized family activities, so you are likely to meet a lot of new neighbors. Explore your new city and neighborhood and have some fun with your family.
Throw a housewarming party
Once you settle into the new home you can organize a housewarming party and invite both old and new friends and neighbors.