by Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Ok, you're moving to Atlanta--when is the best time to pack up and move? Your initial tendency might be to go over the holiday season, considering that the kids are out of school, you have a little vacation time, and why not? The second inclination, the one you ought to go with, says not a chance, delay until after the beginning of the year. Granted, 2020 is different; you have all been working from home and learning for months on end and admittedly, you might need a change of scenery. The quicker the better. Nevertheless, waiting a week or two might be the better call in the long run.
Something before we start all the factors to stay put through the New Year--while Covid is the bogeyman in the shadows, these factors are evergreen--just in 2020, you may want to avoid travel as well as being close to new people wherever possible.
Certainly, moving companies in Atlanta do function throughout the holidays, but their teams also take time off. During the best of periods, you must book your movers a few weeks ahead of time; from late November through early January they're functioning with a reduced crew, just like everyone else. Therefore, hold off until everybody is back at work to schedule your trek. Should you be dead set on moving in late December, be sure to get it on your professional mover’s calendar earlier than later.
Places to stay
Families will travel over the holidays this year, no matter what the CDC suggests. But people who might ordinarily take a flight tend to be deciding to drive this year--airlines have drastically curtailed flights, making traveling by air just about any place difficult. Driving means additional time on the road and overnights while travelling, consequently anticipate hotel rooms to be reserved. Accommodations along interstates and busy highways tend to be busier than you might think throughout the holidays anyway, which means the nightly charges increase. Unless you've already locked in your reservation, count on paying a premium for rooms right by ice machines as well as elevators.
The way this year is looking, there may well be hurricanes in the gulf and snow storms in the Midwest vying for the Weather Channel's focus. Ice and snow are normally a danger over the winter time, and you need to have a Plan B if the storm comes your way while you are in the heart of moving. Throughout the holidays you are running on increased emotions and adrenaline even when you're not moving, so why would you pile on the pressure of a move? The last thing you need is for the stockings that you had planned to hang by your new chimney with care to be delayed by a freak ice storm, consequently stay put, hang the stockings, and contend with the cartons later.
Enjoy Your Holidays
Last but not least, since this is your last Christmas in your old house, take the time to enjoy it. Decorate your residence as usual, make the pastries and the turkey, and do all the things that are your traditions. The holiday season is filled with nostalgia, anyway, therefore don't hide all of the thoughts under the rug simply because you are moving. I wouldn't suggest stewing in every single memory (this is where the christmas tree fell off the roof of the van), however certainly allow yourself and your household the space to stroll down memory lane as much as they like. Spend time with close friends, hang your stockings, and when it's all over, pack up just like you usually do.
Here's a bonus--this is your chance to get rid of all your ratty old decorations and dim bulb strands--you certainly don't wish to move that!
Main point here? Moving and the holiday season is stressful. Separate your stress by delaying your move to Atlanta until the last bit of tinsel goes and you have got one more year of good memories behind you. When you are all set to make your next move, our professional movers in Atlanta are ready to assist. Get in touch with us today!
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