Moving during the holidays can put a serious damper on what should be a jolly time. Instead of hanging up decorations and participating in household traditions, you’re packing boxes and planning for the big move. Don’t let the moving process cramp your Christmas cheer during the exciting holiday season. With the help of the professionals at Excel Moving & Storage, you can still enjoy the holidays while also carrying out your local, national, or international move.

Preparing for Your Holiday Move

For anyone who is planning to move this holiday season, it’s important to understand how budget, weather, and travel can impact your move and how to prepare for these factors in advance.

Budget

The holiday season can definitely break the bank – buying presents for family, friends, and loved ones is a given during the holidays, which means that you’ll have to budget accordingly if you plan on moving around the holidays. If you’re looking to save money during your move, consider doing the following:

Donate or sell unnecessary possessions

With it being the time of giving, companies like the Salvation Army and Goodwill are always looking for donated items. Donating excess belongings is an excellent way to trim down on moving supplies and you could be helping someone in need this holiday! Unnecessary items add extra effort, money, and supplies to your move, which is anything but helpful or cost effective.

Move During the Week

We understand that sometimes you can’t control when you must move, however, if you have some leeway in the time that you can, the holiday season sees its cheapest prices during the week, and as far from Christmas as possible. Around the holidays, moving companies can be understaffed due to employees taking time off as Christmas and New Years approaches. The week is also cheaper than the weekend due to less movers and less traffic.

Weather

The next influence to be cautious of during your holiday move is the weather. While irregular, there is enough predictability in the forecasts to help movers know when hazardous weather may strike. For North Carolinians, wintery weather like snow and sleet is uncommon in December, however; it’s not out of the picture entirely. The best ways to counter potential winter weather is to be equipped with proper clothing, waterproof storage containers, and to be alert when moving items outside.

Travel

The days from Thanksgiving to New Years are filled with the some of the year’s most chaotic and expensive travel. If you are moving during this time period, the most efficient and cost-effective methods are to move mid-week and to avoid Black Friday travel and any travel the Saturday before Christmas.

Local moves are going to be much easier than national and international moves during this time period, so if you are moving across the country or worldwide, it’s important to do research to know where the busiest locations are in your new home city. By researching the busiest hubs, you can take back roads to avoid highly-used roads.

Rely on Excel Moving & Storage to Move You This Holiday Season

Excel Moving & Storage has helped relocate North Carolina residents for many years now. Our professionals are well equipped and knowledgeable when it comes to holiday moves. Whether you’re moving down the street or moving to a new county, we can handle every aspect of your move, allowing you to enjoy the festive season in a stress-free manner. Call us at 919-213-6694 in Raleigh or 336-939-6450 in Greensboro to learn more about our services.

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