Whether Thanksgiving weekend or the full week between Christmas and New Years, the holidays may be the best time, or indeed the only time, you can plan the move to your new house. Here are some tips to make the transition smoother.Plan ahead If you have young children, you'll want to plan a time of holiday celebration, even if it is less elaborate than you normally would.
- Spending the holidays in a hotel: If you'll be in a hotel over the holidays during your move, find one that is planning a holiday celebration. You might work with the hotel staff to schedule a special time to "use" the hotel's Christmas tree to open your gifts.
- Make sure you know which restaurants are open or deliver on the holidays. Since cooking utensils may already be packed away, don't assume your new kitchen will be up and running. If you're moving to a new city, knowing which restaurants will be open may require some searching on the Internet or a few phone calls.
- Bring along some holiday spirit. Even if you're foregoing traditional gift-giving during your move, take stockings and a few decorations with you.
- If you're planning to celebrate in the new home, shop online and have gifts delivered to your new home. Arrange with the local postmaster and delivery services to hold your packages until you arrive, or arrange to have them delivered to a relative or the hotel where you are staying.
- Choose the gift-wrap option during online shopping. The last thing you need is to be looking for tape and scissors in the midst of all your boxes.
- Cable/satellite installers may cost more or be unavailable
- Plumbers and electricians may charge a premium
- You may not be able to get the lights or heat turned on until after the holiday
- There may be more breakage from slips and falls on icy driveways and sidewalks when loading or unloading a truck.