Moving During The Holidays: DOs&DON’Ts

Most people who despise moving could be also suffering from a form of obsessive-compulsive disorder, psychologists say. When a person is stressed out and does not have the necessary resources to fight against their OCD, their disorder is prone to flare up. Moving is a time of ultimate stress, chaos, and things getting out of control. Therefore, the stress of planning a move is seconded by the struggle to reinstate a sense of peace and normality. There is an urge to go back to a time when things felt safe and looked familiar – when all furniture and personal belongings were exactly where they belonged inside the house, and everything was in order.


But you do not have to be suffering from a form of OCD to experience the torment of a move. Anyone who does not have the necessary time, energy, moving van, and packing supplies needed to set up a move is prone to feel overwhelmed. This is where professional local movers in New York like us come into the picture. We have the right tools, transportation means, skills, and expertise needed to turn your next move into a pleasant, hassle-free transition. And we promise to do it with a smile on our face, and a friendly attitude! Even if you’re planning a move right before or even during the holidays, it doesn’t have to feel like a lost battle.

Moving During The Holidays: DOs

Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, or the 4th of July – you never know when that big work promotion might come up and you’ll be forced to move in the nick of time. Or when that amazing apartment you have been spotting for a few months is finally up for rent/sale at a price you can finally afford.

Now let’s face it. Before a big holiday, big cities like New York tend to get paralyzed. The roads are jammed nonstop, and setting foot in a department store trying to buy items for your move might turn into a hunt for the Holy Grail. Or something doable in a parallel universe, perhaps. However, there are a few things you can still do to ease the process:

  • Start planning ahead as early as possible. Overlap the old lease and your new lease by at least a week, if possible. This will give you the extra time needed to plan your move down to the last detail.
  • If you cannot do this, at least start to pack and clean the place in advance. The time might be inopportune to say the least, but if you cannot postpone the move, you will need to try your very best and get things done.
  • Find out what stores are open, and when. Are the movers available for work during the holidays? What about some nearby grocery and department stores? You will eventually have to eat once you will reach your new home. Plan everything around these limited work hours and brace yourself – there will be a lot of “closed for the holidays” signs displayed all over the place.
  • Anticipate your needs and schedule everything well ahead of time so your new home can be ready to receive you upon your arrival.
  • Set a clear date with the movers and packers. Make sure you have electricity and heating active during the move. Moving during Thanksgiving or on Christmas means dealing with freezing cold temperatures and shorter days with less natural daylight. Since you cannot pack and clean your place up while shaking from the cold or with no lights on, make sure you take care of these important details firsthand.
  • Talk to cable guys and internet technician and have them install all of the basic services prior to your arrival at your new address – and before the holiday season kicks in.
  • Set up a small area in your current home that will only be packed in the last minute. Use it as a space to relax, meditate, do things that help you regain your peace of mind and forget about the stress of the move for a few minutes a day.
  • Gather all important documents in a single location so they are readily available when needed.
  • Accept help. Learn how to ask for help and get it from friends and relatives. Call professional moving services like ours and let us figure out all the packing and transportation details for you. It is our job and the thing we specialize in. Plus, we won’t charge you an arm and a leg either.

Moving During The Holidays: DON’Ts

  • Do not forget all about the holidays. Do not allow the moving to completely drain you and prevent you from enjoying the holiday like you would normally do. Set time aside to do the cooking and cleaning and welcome your guests in your new home.
  • Do not ignore the weather forecast. Moving during the cold season can mean dealing with difficult driving conditions. Plan the transition of your belongings a few days ahead of a blizzard or heavy snowfall.
  • Do not forget to set time aside for your goodbyes. Get ready for the emotional discharge, but do not let it throw you off balance.
  • Do not hesitate to call New York Local Movers and have them handle your move with care, professionalism, and top-notch moving supplies. We can provide you with local and long-distance moving services. We can assure you that we know the neighborhood by heart and we can handle jobs in the five boroughs and surrounding areas. Rely on us to navigate through New York City’s traffic and parking efficiently, even during the holidays.
  • Don’t avoid using our safe and affordable storage facilities for easy loading and unloading. They are climate-controlled spaces and can be used on the long or short term, for your most valuable items.
  • Don’t try to handle all the packing and crating on your own. We can provide you with a partial or full packing service and only use the highest quality wrapping and protective materials.

Give us a call (917) 633-4767 and get a free estimate today, or send us a message and we will get back to you in no time and plan your holiday move.