Everyone has time off at Christmas, therefore it’s the best time to move house, right? Well, it depends on how you manage the move. Any move is a good move if it has been thoroughly planned for. Planning ahead of time gives you the control you need over the entire move process. Here are our tips to planning your move at Christmas time.
It’s never too early to start packing
Start packing as soon as you’ve decided you’re moving out. Not only will this help you to be more prepared on move day, you’ll also have more time to sort through and declutter your home. If you’re moving interstate or internationally, you’ll need to consider the relevant quarantine laws and dangerous goods acts to avoid packing things you shouldn’t be.
If you’re unsure where to get started with your move or you’re worried you’ll lose track of the process during the silly season, use our helpful online moving checklist and keep on track.
Where will the kids be?
With Christmas comes the Christmas school holidays. If your children are old enough, ask them to pitch in and help out with packing and moving. If they’re a lot younger, you might want to keep them out of the way during the intense process, especially on move day where it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of moving.
Although asking family or friends to mind the kids is probably the easiest option, chances are they won’t have much free time so close to Christmas. Plan ahead in case you need to book in a babysitter or a vacation care solution as the busy season means there will be less availability.
Know your way
If you’re driving to your new home, make sure you know how to get there. During the silly season, many major roadways are clogged with holiday traffic. Knowing the best roads to take is a great way to avoid having to rely on your GPS and getting stuck in traffic. Also make note of any of the roads that trucks cannot access if you’re hiring a moving truck and remember to let your removalists know also.
When it comes to knowing your way around parking, consider what parking options exist outside your current and new property to ensure there is space to park a moving vehicle. You might need to park your car there to save the spot.
If you’ve got to get to the airport, make sure you leave with plenty of time to spare as there will almost certainly be delays getting there.
Get someone to do it for you
Let’s face it, no one wants to spend their Christmas break packing, moving and unpacking a house! So, hire someone else to do it for you. Grace removalists are professional and experienced when it comes to moving houses. We offer a range of specialist services that include everything from pet and vehicle relocation to valet and cleaning services, to ensure you don’t have to miss out on your Christmas break.