Guest post provided by MyMove.com(written by Nancy LaFever), an online moving authority where people planning a move can find information, products and savings to streamline and save during this exciting life stage.
Moving during the holidays is not the most convenient time, but moving disrupts routines any time of the year. If you’re scheduled to move over the holidays, celebrating will definitely be different than other years. It may take some extra effort, but you can still make it memorable. No matter which end of the move it falls for you—in your old place or settling into the new house—here are some moving tips:
•Acknowledge the sentiment. The holidays trigger all kinds of emotions for people and when you add moving to the mix, there’s a large emotional component to the process. Leaving your old home with its memories can be tough. If you have children, you want to acknowledge that they will be missing their “usual” holiday, but keep an upbeat attitude. You can set the tone.
•Maintain some traditions. Involve the whole family in planning some holiday activities. If you normally bake cookies, find a way to make that happen even if you forgot where you packed the cookie sheets! Locate holiday decorations when packing your old house and be sure to set aside a box, including ornaments, wrapping paper, etc. If you normally put up a tree, make room for a small one with a few decorations.
•Plan some outings. Plan some time away from those moving boxes. Drive around the neighborhood to look at lights and decorations, go to a holiday craft fair or have a holiday meal at a favorite restaurant. If you have extended family you’ll be leaving, make sure to schedule some time with them.
•Confirm moving plans. Things get rushed and busy during the holiday season. People take vacations and may be hard to reach. Be sure to call and confirm your move date with the movers or rental truck company. Make sure your utility companies know when to turn off or turn on your utilities.
Don’t forget to sit down, take a few deep breaths and make time to enjoy the holidays!
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–Make sure that you have submitted a change of address form to the local post office branch. You can do this by mail, in person or online. There is a small fee to do so online. If you subscribe to magazines, you need to cancel delivery or notify the companies of your new address, since the post office does not forward magazines.
–Arrange to have your utilities turned off after you have completely moved out, in case there is any delay in your move and you need an extra day or two-it will cost less than reconnecting the utilities. Be sure to call to cancel your trash pick up and recycling, too. Don’t forget about the cable or satellite companies as well, and internet service. Sewer and water services have to be discontinued too.
–Do you have a health club membership? Check to be sure that your locker is empty before your move. If you have any library books or video rentals, return them so they do not get lost or forgotten in the confusion of packing.
–If you use a dry cleaning service, don’t leave any items behind. How about your neighbors? Have you or another family member lent them tools or other things that you want to take with you?
–Decide what to do with any houseplants. They will not survive a long move without air and water.
–Professionals to give your new address to include: doctors, dentists, insurance agents and accountants. Do you have official school records and transcripts and medical records? Have you closed any bank accounts that you will not be using? Have you got sufficient cash to pay the movers? You might need cash for other purposes too, and you should plan accordingly, to avoid any bank delays when cashing or depositing out of state checks.
Once you get settled in at your new place, be sure to apply for a driver’s license and register any vehicles as soon as possible. Also make sure you do your homework when looking for the best car movers in your area.