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Moving at Christmas doesn’t need to be stressful

Wednesday 11 October, 2017

Chess Moving is available over the Christmas period to help you move and settle into your new home.

As young children count down the days until Santa’s arrival, the rest of us look forward to a well-deserved break.

Planning a big move during the festive season isn’t ideal when you desire nothing more than to lounge around while snacking on gingerbread. But don’t be put off; relocating during Christmas can work in your favour, as long as you start planning NOW.

Why is it a good idea to move during the Christmas holidays?

Easier to get time off work

The odds are in your favour if you’re trying to get time off work, since many businesses close their doors over Christmas or become less busy. This makes it easier for you to request a break so you can prepare to move. If your workplace doesn’t close over Christmas, it’s important to book your leave now. This is a popular time for leave requests, so you don’t want to miss out.

School holidays

If you have children, moving during school holidays will minimise academic disruption, since they won’t need to take any days off (when moving locally), or leave mid-term (if changing schools).

The Christmas holidays mark the end of the school year for children in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere. Moving during this time will give your child a fresh start, in time for the new year.

Recruit your loved ones

Many of your friends and family will also have time off, and they might be keen to help you pack. You can turn this into a social activity, by organising drinks or treating them to a meal or dessert.

The importance of planning ahead:

Book your removalist as soon as possible...

Organisation is everything if you’re moving during Christmas - one of the busiest times for removalists. You need to book early to secure the dates you want, to avoid paying through the nose.

Fridays and Saturdays are generally the most popular days to move throughout the year. If you’re not working during the holidays, you have more flexibility, so why not opt for another day that isn’t as busy? This improves your chances of securing the movers you want at a decent price.

Book your utilities early

The same rule applies for tradespeople, who are usually booked out during Christmas. Now is the time to secure the services you wouldn’t want to live without (such as gas, electricity and phone). It’s easy to overlook these essentials when you’re caught in the rush. Book early, to avoid paying high rates.

Get started on packing

If you’re packing your own belongings, be strategic. Start with items you’re not currently using (such as out-of-season clothing). This will drastically reduce your workload and free up time to spend with family and friends over Christmas.

Make sure you clearly label each box and pack essential items last. Wrap gifts, so there’s one less thing to worry about when you settle in. You could even shop online and request that gifts be wrapped and delivered.

Do your paperwork now

If you want to avoid endless queues, it’s best to handle any paperwork now, such as changing your address. The closer Christmas gets, the busier the shopping centres will be!

This resource allows you to update most of your details online, which means you may be able to avoid the Christmas rush altogether.

You can also redirect mail from your old address to your new one by using the Australia Post Mail Redirection Service.

Don’t forget to have fun!

It’s good to keep the Christmas spirit alive, especially if you have children. Get the little ones involved with the packing and make it fun, by turning it into a game or playing carols in the background.

Don’t get so bogged down in the moving process that you forget to spend time with loved ones. If you’re moving far away, you might want to spend quality time with family and friends.

How can a professional moving company help me?

Moving can be overwhelming at the best of times, but throw Christmas into the mix and it’s easy to feel as though you’re losing your grip on it all.

Chess Moving can take care of everything moving-related, so you can spend time with loved ones instead.

We can do as little or as much as you want! Our services include packing, loading, moving, driving, unloading, unpacking and even cleaning.

Feel free to contact us today, so we can help you plan the big move.

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