Moving home before Christmas: Christmas ornament on flat surface.

Tips to Moving Home before Christmas

Most people avoid moving during the holidays. There’s a lot to do when moving house and a lot to do when celebrating Christmas. Those two things don’t usually mix well. But sometimes there’s simply no way to put it off. If you are in a situation where you need to be moving home before Christmas, you are probably wondering if it can even be done. And it can if you just stick to a few simple rules that will make your life easier.

Real estate: buy and sell fast

Are you buying a new house, selling your old house or both? It’s going to be easier to handle one transaction at a time, especially on short notice. If moving was a last a minute decision that has left you scrambling, you’re probably going to find it even more stressful then usual. So it’s best to leave selling your house after the holidays if you can. And if you can’t, then be realistic about it: it will take effort on your part and you may not get quite the results you want.

House by a lake.
Be realistic about buying and selling on short notice.

Are you buying a house?

If you’re buying a house because you want to be moving home before Christmas, make this clear to your real estate agent early on. They need to know how soon you want the property to be yours in order to find the best options for you. On the other hand, they may also tell you that you can move in before Christmas just to get you to buy something faster. So it’s best to double check with the sellers about their plans too.

Are you selling a house?

There are certainly ways to sell your current house fast. But you need to be realistic about it. If your priority is to sell quickly, you should be looking at cash buyers and people who are looking to move in as soon as possible. This means you will most likely need to settle on a lower price.

Organization: plan ahead

The key to any stress-free and successful move is planning. And planning is even more essential when you’re moving home before Christmas. So organize your holiday move well and try to stick to your plan as much as possible.

Set a date

Choose the day when you want to be moving early on in the planning process. This will ensure that you and your family have a good idea of the time you have to prepare, pack and move. It is also crucial information for your real estate agent, movers and any other professionals you hire. Remember that everyone involved in your relocation will also want to have the holidays free to spend with their family. Some moving companies may not be working during the holidays and may have packed schedules in the days leading up to the holidays. You will need to have your date set so you can compare your plans with your movers and choose the right company and services.

Set a budget

Moving costs can stack up quickly if you’re not careful. Get some moving quotes Brooklyn to form an idea of how much your relocation will cost. Always set aside a little more than you expect to spend. Unforeseen complications can arise at any time and it’s best to be prepared. But stick to the budget you decide on. Don’t get any extra services you cannot afford and don’t splurge unnecessarily.

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Set a budget and stick to it.

Pack up

Most moving companies will offer to pack your house for you. When you’re moving home before Christmas this can be a good way to save time and effort that can be used on celebrating the holidays instead. But if you want to save up for the Christmas gifts, it is best to pack yourself. Remember to start early, get enough boxes and stay organized (room by room is usually the simplest and fastest way to pack).

Hire movers

There are many benefits to hiring moving companies in Brooklyn. Professional movers will do all the heavy lifting for you and probably faster than you would too. It is also infinitely less stressful to hire reliable movers than move yourself. Just make sure that your top choice moving company is available on the dates when you need them and that their services are within your budget.

Prepare for your new home

In all the haste and stress of packing up your old house and moving out, it’s easy to forget that preparations need to be made for living in your new house as well. You don’t want to spend Christmas at your new home with no water or electricity.

Transfer utilities

When moving, it’s important to transfer your utilities in time to ensure a smooth transition. You will need to contact your current utility companies and inform them of your move. You shouldn’t be paying for things you are no longer using. But you will also need to get in touch with the companies whose utilities you want to use in the future. They will, after all, need to install the necessary equipment. And you want everything to be working by the time you move in.

Change your address

If you’re moving home before Christmas, you will want to get those cards and gifts you’re expecting to the right address. So don’t forget to change your address to ensure you’re getting your mail. You can start by forwarding your mail from the old address to the new one. You can then move on to informing tax and insurance agencies, utility companies, banks and everyone else.

Pile of Christmas cards.
Make sure you’re getting your Christmas cards and gifts to the right address.

Moving home before Christmas: remember to celebrate

Christmas is the time to be happy. So don’t let the move consume your entire life. Save up some holiday cheer. Plan and budget for Christmas shopping in between packing. Add some Christmas decorations to your list of essentials for moving day if you don’t want to unpack immediately. And of course, set up a tree as soon as you’ve successfully moved in. Because nothing says successful holiday move like celebrating Christmas in your new home!

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