by Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Alright, you will be moving to Houston--when is the best time to pack up and move? Your first inclination might be to go over the holidays, because the children are away from school, you've got a little vacation time, and why not? Your second inclination, the one you should choose, says nope, hold back until after the start of the year. Of course, 2020 is different; you've all been working at home and learning for months on end and frankly, you need a change of scenery. The quicker the better. Still, patiently waiting a week or two may be the better call in the long run.
Something before we go into all the reasons to stay put through the New Year--while Covid is the bogeyman in the shadows, these factors happen to be evergreen--just this year, you may want to avoid travel as well as being close to new people wherever possible.
Certainly, moving companies in Houston do work throughout the holidays, however their teams also take time off. During the best of days, you should book your movers a few months beforehand; from late November through early January they are functioning with a smaller workforce, similar to everybody else. Thus, delay until most people are back at work to schedule your trek. In case you are dead focused on moving in late December, ensure that you get it on your professional mover’s schedule earlier than later.
Families will travel over the holidays this year, despite whatever the CDC suggests. But families who might typically fly are choosing to drive this year--airlines have greatly limited flights, making flying just about any place difficult. Driving will mean more hours on the highway and overnights on the road, therefore anticipate hotels to be booked. Accommodations near interstates and busy highways tend to be busier than you may realize throughout the holidays anyway, which means the nightly charges skyrocket. Unless you have already locked in your reservation, count on paying a premium for rooms right by ice machines and also elevators.
The way 2020 is heading, there could well be hurricanes in the gulf and snow storms in the Midwest fighting for the Weather Channel's attention. Snow and ice are invariably a danger throughout the winter months, and you need a Plan B if the storm comes your way while you're in the course of moving. Over the holidays you will be running on elevated emotions and adrenaline even when you're not moving, so why would you pile on the stress of a move? The last thing you will want is for the stockings you had planned to hang by your new chimney with care to become held up with a freak ice storm, consequently stay put, hang the stockings, and deal with the cartons later on.
Enjoy Your Holidays
Lastly, as this is your last Christmas in your old residence, take the time to appreciate it. Decorate your home as always, make the pastries and the turkey, and do all the things that happen to be your traditions. The holidays are rife with nostalgia, anyway, therefore do not brush all of the emotions under the rug due to the fact you will be moving. I wouldn't recommend wallowing in every single reminiscence (this is where the tree fell off the roof of the van), but undoubtedly allow yourself and your family the room to stroll down memory lane as much as they prefer. Spend time with good friends, hang your stockings, and when everything is over, pack up just like you usually do.
Here's a bonus--this is your time to dispose off all of your tattered aged decorations and dim bulb strands--you surely shouldn't move that!
Bottom line? Moving and the holiday season is stressful. Separate your stress through postponing your move to Houston until the last little bit of tinsel goes and you will have one more year of excellent reminiscences behind you. When you're ready to make your next move, our professional movers in Houston are ready to help. Contact us today!
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