With Thanksgiving here soon and Christmas right around the corner, many people would never dream of moving. However, many people end up planning a move during the holidays. For one thing, they may find a better deal on a home, since many sellers lower their asking prices in fall and winter trying to get their homes off the market. And when scheduling, chances are you're going to get the date you want, since this is not a popular time of the year to move. The only contingency is having to deal with the weather!
Moving During the Holidays: 3 Tips to Make It Easier
Those who have decided to move during the holidays may find they need to plan more thoroughly to ensure a smooth experience. We have a few tips you can use to make the most of your holidays in the middle of a move.
1. It's All About the Budget
Since this is the holiday season, chances are you are buying gifts for all your friends and family. Moving expenses can cut into your holiday shopping fund. Be sure to start saving now for this extra strain on your budget!
2. Watch the Schedule
Moving companies don't see as much demand during the holiday season, so you aren't going to have to compete with other customers. However, you'll still need to respect that many employees may take vacation during this time of year. Avoid moving on Thanksgiving weekend, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Eve and Day.
3. Prepare for the Weather
Depending on where you live, you may have to contend with the weather. Those in the Midwest and Northeast may be dealing with snow and ice storms that can delay moving. Inclement weather often shuts down public transit and other services. Be prepared to make a change at the last minute. You will want to arrange your moving date for a week or two before you must be out of your home to avoid overstaying your time there.
If you're moving during the holiday season, a professional moving company and real estate agent can help you make it happen. However, be prepared to make a few changes and go with the flow if weather or scheduling issues arise. Also, don't forget to take some time to enjoy the holidays! Whether this is enjoying a family dinner or exchanging gifts with that special someone, take time to make the holidays even more memorable.