The holidays in Flint are filled with warmth, friends, and family. There is nothing better than taking the time to enjoy beloved traditions and meals with those you love. If this is your final holiday season in your current house, you’re almost certainly feeling emotional. All Flint moving company will tell you the same thing - moving will be a huge adjustment. But if you are moving right after the holidays are over, the season of giving might quickly transform into a season of stress! You’re in luck, preparing for the holidays and your upcoming move can be a cinch if you take some time to prepare properly.
Taking the time to get organized now will save you immeasurable time and stress after your moving company arrives! We’re sharing tips to keep you organized and on track this holiday season:
- Print a calendar that will be used for only moving tasks. Highlight your move day. Next, count backwards from that day and write up a rough outline of all major tasks and items to pack. Making a timeline will give you a sense of accomplishment and keep you from getting off track in the hustle and bustle of December.
- If you are receiving many boxes from online packages, keep them! Use the boxes for packing your items. If your packages come with bubble wrap, peanuts, noodles, paper or other padding, keep them! They will give even more protection and padding for your delicate décor pieces.
- Have lots of boxes, tape, markers, etc. Having all your supplies on hand and kept together will let you be ready when you have the inspiration to pack your things!
Opening that dusty box and pulling out sentimental holiday decorations for the first time in a year is an exhilarating feeling. It’s officially the holidays! Getting out our favorite keepsakes, decorations, or ornaments makes us filled with nostalgia and excitement for the coming season. But as you’re starting to decorate, it’s time to think ahead about how you will take it all down. Not to overlook holiday festivities, but you’ll want to get prepared more than in other years on how you will pack your decorations back up. Your ornaments, snowglobes and breakable keepsakes are likely stored in great storage boxes sitting in your basement or garage. But are they safe to be moved? Do not make additional work for yourself at the end of the season. Making a plan for how you will take down and safely pack your holiday décor will save you time and hastle when prepping for your move. These are some general tips for you:
- Have packing supplies ready when taking down your Christmas tree. Carefully wrap your ornaments and breakable ornaments with tissue paper or blank newsprint before putting them into a dish pack.
- Garlands and wreaths pack neatly into wardrobe boxes!
- Menorahs and kinaras should be wrapped with newsprint or tissue paper, and then put in a book carton, or inside of a dish pack along with like decorations.
- Wardrobe boxes work great to safely pack artificial Christmas trees. Stack two on top of each other for taller trees!
While your family drifts off in tryptophan bliss, take this time to clean and pack your seasonal dishes and tableware. If you have seasonal casserole dishes, china, or cutlery, washing them and immediately packing them away is a great timesaver. These items are used only once a year, just pack them away for moving right away!
There are a few things to consider when thinking about any new gifts or purchases. If you’re moving right after the holidays, you have likely already had your moving company give you an estimate, this may be based on time or weight depending on your move. If you have gotten or given any bigger gifts that might impact your quote, be sure to reach out to your moving company as soon as possible. There could be extra costs, services, or special disassembly for more or less weight or time than initially quoted. Some common gifts that need extra care are:
- Stationary bikes and treadmills - especially the ones that have video screens, these are in-demand holiday gifts! However, due to their size and servicing necessary to secure the electronic components, you’ll have to notify your moving company if you added one of these!
- Game tables – ping-pong tables, pool tables, and poker tables might add weight and time to your move. If you have a slate pool table, that will necessitate special service before it’s moved. It will also need refelting after the move.
- Lithium batteries- power tools, cameras, hover boards and more tend to use lithium batteries these days. Even though moving companies usually have no problem moving these batteries without issues, you’ll want to make sure the battery is properly disconnected from the item and charger. And, FYI, lithium batteries cannot be sent in an air shipment, if you are moving internationally.
Bonus tip: If you have access to your new house before the holidays, you could want to have family and friends ship any gifts to your new home. That would prevent your moving company from having to handle them, eliminating the necessisty to update your quote.
While your current home is still warmly decorated, enjoy all your favorite holiday traditions, take pictures, and make festive treats. You will be happy you have these pictures and memories to enjoy for years to come. Planning a farewell holiday party can also be a wonderful send-off. Invite neighbors and loved ones you won’t might not see much after your move for one last holiday celebration.
Because we’re a family-owned and operated Flint moving company, we know a thing or two about moving over the holidays! We pride ourselves on having the most knowledgeable and compassionate employees in the industry. Do not let yourself get stressed out this season, and miss out on enjoyment and magic of your last holiday in your current home.
Our professional relocation experts are ready to help you survive the season ahead. Contact us
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