Moving house at Christmas can make your season more manic than merry.
But if you’re spending your holiday moving home, there are a few tricks you can try to keep the stress to a minimum.
From packing smart to calling in professional removalists, ensure a smooth move and maintain your festive cheer with our tips for moving house over Christmas.
Confirm Your Moving Date as Soon as Possible
Having time on your side is always a good thing – especially during the crazy days of December. Because Christmas is the busiest time of year, you’ll want to give yourself plenty of notice and confirm your moving date as far ahead as possible.
Having your moving date locked in will allow you to organise all your other to-dos around it and manage your time accordingly.
It’s especially important to book your ideal moving date in advance if you’re hiring removalists.
Deal With Admin Tasks in Advance
The last thing you want to do during your holidays is sit on the phone with your power company or spend an hour in line at the post office. Get on top of all your moving house admin tasks early to avoid a mad rush at the last minute.
Your moving house must-dos might include:
- Redirecting your mail
- Cancelling gym memberships
- Organising electricity and gas at your new property
- Changing your address with the bank, ATO and electoral commission.
Let Your Friends and Family Know
If your friends and family generally send you a Christmas card or Christmas present via post, be sure to give them a little heads up about your move to ensure they send your goodies to your new address.
It also allows them to adjust their plans if you’re unable to make it to any Christmas gatherings. And it might even encourage them to put their generous Christmas spirit to good use and help you out!
Call in Some Holiday Helpers
Speaking of help, don’t be afraid to ask for it.
If you’re relocating with kids or pets, ask a friend or family member to babysit to keep little ones out of the way during the move. If you need a hand with furniture removals, ask your mates to help you with the heavy lifting – or, better yet, hire pro removalists to do it all for you.
Pack Early and Pack Smart
It’s never too early to start packing, and anything you can pack prior to the big day will make the move that much easier.
Start by packing things you won’t use before the move, like winter clothes, excess towels and linen, and items in the garage. Leave everyday necessities until the end, and don’t forget to pack an overnight bag on moving day so all your must-haves (e.g. toiletries, medication, pyjamas, phone charger) don’t get lost among the sea of boxes.
Consider decluttering your stuff before the move to avoid lugging things you don’t need straight into storage in your new home.
Decide Where You Want to Spend Christmas
It can’t be all manic packing and living out of a duffle bag; it is Christmas, after all.
If your new home will be mostly unpacked boxes and unassembled furniture on Christmas, consider spending the day elsewhere to enjoy the traditional Christmas experience. Organise to spend the day eating, drinking and being merry with friends, or send the kids off to celebrate with relatives.
Do Your Christmas Shopping Online (and Don’t Forget About Food)
Between packing up your old place and organising the new one, we don’t blame you if you don’t make it to the shops. This is where online shopping comes in handy – you can tick off your Christmas gift list and get groceries delivered straight to your door in one sitting.
Do a food run as soon as you get your keys or treat everyone to takeaway on the first night. After all, you’ve been lifting boxes and unpacking all day – and who wants to cook after that?
Don’t have time to move home on your own over the holidays? Call in the pros from All Purpose Removals. Our friendly and professional removalists can take care of every aspect of your move so you can have a merrier Christmas. Get a free quote today.