Tips for Moving During the Holidays

November 20th, 2019

Packing up your home and moving around the holidays can be a big pain that no one wants to deal with. Having so much going on and seasonal distractions, it’s hard to focus on this annoying task you might find yourself stuck doing. Luckily, moving around the holidays is a whole lot easier if you know how to be well prepared and organized.

1.Timing of your Holiday Move

While not considered “peak moving season”, holiday time can be a busy season for moving companies. Their workers have holidays to celebrate too, after all! If you are planning on moving around the holiday season, make sure you book a moving company ASAP.

Avoiding Holiday Weekends

Moving on a holiday weekend (i.e, the weekend following Thanksgiving) is pricier than standard weekends. As well as the price, traffic will be a concern as well. Roads will be filled with many people traveling and shopping. The U.S Department of Transportation states that Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years are the busiest times to travel during the year.

2. Packing

Packing up your holiday decor and belongings can be sad. Making sure you are organized enough to unpack them when you get to your new home can make your life a whole lot easier.

Organizing Your Belongings

Keep your holiday decorations and belongings in a separate box or boxes to have easy access when you get to your new place. That way, you’ll be able to get into the holiday spirit in no time. You can also have the movers make sure they place your decorations in your living room to make sure you can unpack them first, if that’s what you want.

3. Safety of Your New Home

Robberies and home invasions skyrocket during the holiday season. Make sure you set up a security system in your new home to be safe. Robbers look for homes that have new owners, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Unpacking to stay safe

Try to unpack your big boxes and furniture soon after you move in. This way, people won’t see all of your belongings just sitting there through your window in one area. If you are moving from a long distance and are having your boxes delivered, be sure to take them inside as soon as you know they get there to decrease the change of holiday package theives from taking your household items.

4. Winter Weather

Snow can make moving a hard task, but you sadly can’t control the weather. If you’re in the colder parts of the country (i.e, New England), there is always the possibility of snow and ice. Icy roads and slippery walkways can add to what might be an already difficult move.

Proper Supplies

Make sure you’re dressed correctly for a winter move. If it is snowy and icy, make sure you have winter boots on and gloves. Also have ice melt/salt and some shovels available to make life easier. As for boxes, maybe try to mix in some plastic bins for important items so that your moving boxes don’t get soggy and have snow seep through.

After your move is done, you can finally relax and enjoy the rest of the holiday season!

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RARE Moving & Storage wants to help you out with your holiday move. Give us a call at 617-825-7273, or fill out our contact page. We look forward to hearing from you!

Surviving a Winter Move

October 21st, 2019

Moving in the winter is less than ideal, but sometimes it has to be done. There are some extra precautions you’ll need to take to keep your winter move as safe and efficient as possible. If waiting for spring is out of the question, follow these tips to help survive your winter move. 

Leave it to Professionals

Moving in the winter calls for the help of professionals. It may come at an added cost, but it will help keep you and your belongings safe. Call around to multiple movers before hiring anyone. Try to find a moving company with reasonable rates, insurance, and positive customer references. Some movers even offer winter moving discounts since it’s a slow season for them! 

Check the Weather

This probably seems obvious, but make sure to check the weather as moving day approaches. If the weather forecast is calling for a lot of snow or especially bitter cold temperatures, ask the movers if they’re able to reschedule for the following week or even just a different day in the same week. 

Clear the Driveway

You should shovel all driveways, entryways, and sidewalks before movers arrive. Put down a coating of winter salt to prevent ice from accumulating during the move. Keep the driveway clear throughout the move, even if that means taking a break from loading and unloading to shovel for a few minutes. 

Keep Everyone Warm 

Staying warm during a winter move is vital. Keep everyone helping with the move warm by making sure utilities are turned on at the new location a couple of days before moving day and the utilities are still on at the old place. Turn the heat up high at both locations and encourage movers to take a break inside for a few minutes to warm up if they need too. Offering hot coffee or hot chocolate is an extra step that isn’t required, but definitely appreciated! 

Protect the Floors 

Protect your floors from moisture and winter salt by laying down tarps or plastic sheeting. This should be done at the old home and the new home before movers arrive.

Remember to be patient during a winter move. Everybody there will want to get it over with but rushing the process could lead to injury or damaged items. When you’re especially cold and ready for the move the be over, just imagine how worth it will all be when you’re enjoying your new home!

For a reliable moving company to help with your move this winter, contact Rare Moving & Trucking! We provide free estimates for your relocation – so call us at 617-825-7273 or use our contact form to start your moving process!