Holidays usually bring happiness, but can also bring a lot chaos. If you are considering a move, is it better to move on a holiday rather than wait? Well, it really depends on which holiday you are considering. It’s a known fact that some holidays are big on moving, like Labor Day. The 4th of July is also becoming a popular time to move, because a lot of people are attending events and gatherings which takes traffic off the road. Self-storage facilities may not have as much traffic going in and out, which will help your transition a lot smoother.
Customers and holiday trends have continuously shifted over the course of time, and holidays are not seen as being sacred events anymore. You will find people moving on Thanksgiving, and even Christmas. As long as you’re able to prepay and get your contract signed, you are free to move into your self-storage unit. Make sure the facility doesn’t have the entire place shut down though. You don’t want to go there during off hours when it’s supposed to be open and get surprised. Moving truck companies also have started fluctuating on their availability. If you get your truck on Christmas Eve, you’re good to go without additional penalties. That’s getting an entire day for free! That’s something to think about. If you’re a military family, this may be all too familiar.
How will you know whether or not you will be able to pull this off? Well, you can check with the self-storage web site, and even their social media page to see if there are any holiday discounts that are being offered. Smart self-storage companies know and understand that moving is a 24-hour, 7-days-a-week activity. If your company is paying for relocation costs, check to see if moving on a holiday will affect your tax status in any way. Here are a few additional tips:
- If you can’t do it yourself, find a holiday moving company. This will help you save money in the long run. If you use a company that has no intention of working during the holidays, you will pay a premium that you may have not budgeted for.
- Use your time wisely. Prepare yourself thoroughly. That means making lists, notebooks, and anything else that will help this move go smoothly. Things can get pretty hectic over the holidays and you don’t want anything to fall through the cracks.
- Make your move a holiday! Even if you’re moving on Christmas, things don’t have to be dismal. You can still make it an enjoyable time, with presents and all. If you have children, use this opportunity to make it a scavenger hunt of sorts. If your family has to stay overnight in a hotel, you can still open presents and have a great meal.
Moving on a holiday can be a fun experience. It’s all in how you handle the situation. One thing's for sure – with so many changes in our economy, you may not be alone.