Your Holiday Moving Guide
April to September are the peak months for moving. Understandably, people like to take advantage of the good weather, downtime at work, kids being off school, and other perks of summer.
But sometimes you can’t wait for sunny skies to execute a move. If you have to schedule your move in the next couple of winter months, that means your moving day will be smack in the middle of holiday season – and that can be incredibly stressful!
You don’t want the responsibilities (and there are many, to be fair) of moving to take away from your ability to enjoy quality time with friends and family over Christmas and New Year’s.
As one of New Jersey’s most trusted movers, All Jersey Moving & Storage we have helped countless individuals, couples and families move over the holidays. Here are some strategies to help ensure a successful move and allow you to enjoy the holiday season:
Navigating Winter Weather
Winter presents a number of moving challenges. In addition to the discomfort of moving in sub-zero temperatures, icy conditions can make moving hazardous. Although there are always risks associated with DIY moving, winter is definitely not the time to attempt a solo move. Slippery boots and icy conditions can put you and the family and friends willing to help you move at risk of serious slips and falls in addition to other common moving injuries to the back, knees and neck. They also increase the risk of damage to your furniture and belongings which can be extremely costly, not to mention the slushy mess wet boots may leave on the floor.
Professional moving companies like All Jersey Moving & Storage have the equipment and experience necessary to take precautions to ensure the protection of your belongings and your home during bad winter weather.
Managing Weather Delays
It’s important to be aware that if bad winter weather strikes, snowy and icy road conditions can result in traffic that can put your move behind schedule. Winter moves can be further complicated by the fact that if your kids are on winter vacation from school, you will have to keep them entertained indoors while trying to prepare for and execute the big move.
Whereas unlicensed, rogue movers may still try to pack many moves in on any given winter day, professional reputable moving companies like All Jersey Moving & Storage anticipate weather-related problems and factor that into their scheduling. They also have detailed knowledge of the roads, buildings and areas they serve, allowing them to navigate closed or congested roads with greater ease.
Schedule Your Moving Dates.
Despite the challenges of a winter move, there are some upsides as well. Because winter is the off season of moving companies, they are more likely to have greater flexibility with moving dates. Still, it’s wise to schedule your moving dates as far in advance as possible once you have chosen your moving company. You don’t want to wind up moving on a less than ideal date because your preferred movers are booked (and you certainly don’t want to be forced to work with second-rate movers because your first choice movers aren’t available). This is especially important to ensure your moving date doesn’t clash with your holiday get-togethers.
While All Jersey Moving & Storage recommends booking as far in advance as possible, we do our utmost to accommodate last minute moves and weekend moves.
Consider Using Packing and Unpacking Services.
With the holidays approaching you likely have a long To Do list even without all of your moving responsibilities. If the thought of packing is causing you anxiety or if you simply don’t have time to undertake the gargantuan task of packing, considering hiring a professional moving company like All Jersey Moving & Storage. We offer partial or complete packing and unpacking services, ensuring that our clients’ belongings arrive clean, dry and intact.
Set Your Movers Up for Success.
With the threat of bad winter weather looming, it can be easy to feel a lack of control over the fate of your move. But there are things you can do to help ensure a safe, more efficient move even with poor weather conditions. Be sure to clear the sidewalks, driveways, and street prior to and on moving day. Salt, shovel or snow blow major walkways that your movers will be using so they can navigate them safely and keep your furniture and belongings safe from damage. If it has snowed, it’s also important to do your best to ensure parking is available for your movers that isn’t on a snow plow route.
Consider Donating Items You No Longer Need.
One of the most time-consuming moving tasks is sorting through your belongings to determine what you want to keep versus what you’re prepared to part with before moving into your new home. Many people try to sell items of value that they no longer wish to keep such as furniture or home décor.
However, it’s important to note that whether you’re posting items on an online marketplace or holding a garage sale (which isn’t really feasible in the winter!), selling items takes time – especially when you want to hold out for a certain asking price. If you’re short on time due to holiday responsibilities and other moving-related tasks, you may want to consider simply giving away unwanted items to friends or family or donating them to a charity in your community that benefits the underprivileged. Giving things away can often be done quickly. Some organizations will even arrange a curbside pick up – one less thing you have to do!
Weigh Your Storage Options.
Inevitably, you will come across items that you aren’t prepared to simply give away. You may want to sell valuable items at a later date after the holiday season, or perhaps they hold sentimental value and you want to keep them for the time being rather than parting with them. Whatever the reason, if you have items you want to hold onto, consider placing them into a reliable storage facility.
All Jersey Moving & Storage has a short-term and long-term containerized storage facility in which items are blanket-wrapped and stored securely in wooden containers. If you don’t have time to sort through belonging in your attic or spare room, you can put them in storage until after the holidays – alleviating unnecessary pressure!
Helpful winter moving tips:
*Consider boarding your pets on moving day. It can get cold on moving day with movers entering and exiting your home again and again. Rather than risking your pet being uncomfortable, overwhelmed or even getting lost in the cold by slipping out the door, board them for a day or have a friend watch them until the move is complete. (As an aside, if you have children, it’s also an excellent idea to arrange for your kids to spend the day at friends’ houses so you can focus on the move without worrying about their comfort, boredom or safety!).
*Keep a stockpile of sheets, towels and blankets. If it starts snowing before or part-way through your move, your furniture and other possessions can get wet as they are carried between your home and the moving truck. Sheets and towels can come in handy to protect items from the falling snow or freezing rain, such as artwork, electronics, suede furniture and antiques.
*Don’t pack all your winter gear. To keep warm on moving day, be sure not to pack your winter coat, a warm winter outfit, a hat, boots and waterproof gloves. It’s also wise to keep a few clean towels easily accessible so you can jump into a warm shower when you arrive at your new home.
*Turn on the utilities at your new home. After a long moving day, you deserve to arrive to a warm, comfortable new home. Nothing is worse than arriving to an icy cold home after a cold winter move. Ensure that all of the utilities at your new home are turned on and are working before you start moving. If possible, have the utilities turned on a few days in advance of your move so you don’t have to deal with frozen pipes.
*Keep a Kettle On. When you’re moving in the cold winter weather, having a kettle on for hot drinks is a must. In addition to keeping your kettle on until your about to leave your old home, create a kit of tea bags, hot chocolate, instant soups, sugar cubes and polystyrene cups. This way, you can enjoy hot treats on moving day as well as when you arrive at your new home. You’ll also be able to offer a cup of coffee to your movers and friends and neighbors who drop by to say farewell.
Keep Holiday Plans Simple.
If your move is scheduled during the holiday season, it’s important to alleviate pressure wherever possible to ensure the holidays are enjoyable. That may mean keeping things simpler than they usually are. Shop online instead of facing crowds at the mall, buy Christmas goodies instead of baking, order in, keep holiday décor simple, etc. Doing so will enable you to have more time to be truly present with your loved ones over the holidays.
The Critical Difference: Find a Mover You Can Trust
Without question, the most important step you can take to ensure a low stress move during the holiday season is to hire a reputable moving company. To ensure the company you’re considering won’t disappoint, ask friends and family for recommendations, do some research and check online reviews. You can also look for customer endorsements and membership of associations and the Better Business Bureau (BBB).
Since 1992, All Jersey Moving & Storage has been serving the New Jersey community. We have earned an A+ rating from BBB as well as the “Circle of Excellence” designation from the New Jersey Warehousemen and Movers Association.
We have decades of experience navigating moves in all types of weather, including the winter season. Based in New Jersey, we specialize in regular local moves and offer expedited service on long distance moves within a 500-mile radius, up and down the East Coast, including all points between Maine and the Carolinas.
The holidays are a precious time for you and your family. Don’t let a winter move take away from a joyful holiday season. All Jersey Moving & Storage is dedicated to helping families execute seamless winter moves so they can enjoy the holidays with their loved ones – hopefully in their new home!
Enjoy the holidays without compromising on a smooth move!
Contact All Jersey Moving & Storage today for a complimentary moving quote.