At Smoldt Moving & Storage, our Des Moines moving company is dedicated to creating smooth and seamless moving experiences for our customers throughout any time of the year—whether it’s done in the spring, summer, fall, or winter months. After years of experience moving households and businesses during the holiday season, we’ve found that many of our customers are intimidated with the idea of moving over the winter months and worried about the complexity of a move over the winter break.

While we understand how easy it can be to think that moving over the holiday season will be difficult, we’re always glad to communicate the truth to our customers about relocating at the end of the year. The reality is that any time of the year has its perks and downsides when it comes to relocation, and the holiday season is no different.

If you’re feeling skeptical about the practicality of an end-of-the-year move, there’s no need to worry. Take it from our expert team of award-winning movers and learn how you can easily enjoy a stress-free, easy holiday moving experience with some of our favorite tips on relocating during the most wonderful time of the year.  

Keep Holiday Decorations Casual

Decorating the house to feel the spirit of the season is important to many homeowners. This is especially true if you have children. If the holidays just don’t feel the same without Christmas lights and decorations, you might feel hesitant about moving during the season and worried about missing out on celebrating in the usual way. If you’re planning a move, however, this might not be the most practical way to spend your time and energy, which is why you should plan to keep your decorations as simple as possible.

Instead of hanging Christmas lights, for example, consider a portable Santa Claus light display that sits on your front lawn, or hanging electric candle lights in each of your front windows. Go ahead and deck the halls with boughs of holly, but skip the intricate banister hangings that you might normally weave throughout all of the rungs on the staircases. Make sure your decorations are easy to put up and easy to take down so that you can enjoy a beautifully decorated house before and after your move.

Take Advantage of Lower Rates and Flexible Schedules

The spring and summer months, and especially the time period between Memorial Day and Labor Day, is considered high moving season for relocation in the United States. At this time, it can be difficult to book dates with movers unless you’ve planned your project far in advance, and rates tend to be higher because of the demand.

During the winter months, however, rates can be much lower. It can also be easier to book the movers you want, as they’re more likely to have flexible dates and open schedules. In any case, make sure to research potential moving companies online and make price comparisons to find the ideal match. The best moving companies will offer in-home, personalized estimates according to your needs and your budget, which will save you money in the long run.

Plan for Bad Weather Conditions

The downside to moving over the holiday season can be the weather. If you are planning a move in the winter time, make sure to stay on top of weather updates, storm warnings, and other issues that might affect the safety of your move. If you are working with professional movers, they’ll let you know what will happen in the case of bad weather, and how they’ll either proceed with the move or reschedule it for a later time. If you are moving on your own, consider rescheduling a relocation in harsh weather, as moving in wet, snowy, icy, or windy conditions can compromise your family’s safety, the safety of your belongings, and could also cause damage to your home’s floors, furniture, and other features.

Get To Know Your New Community During the Holidays

Moving during the holiday season can be a great time to make new friends, meet new neighbors, and to introduce yourselves to members of the community. This is especially helpful if you’re moving into a new neighborhood or a new city. There are usually plenty of community events to attend, block parties to visit, and other opportunities to meet others. This can be extra beneficial for people that might suffer from shyness or anxiety meeting new people for the first time, as people tend to be extra social and outgoing over the holidays and might be more willing to introduce themselves and others.

If you’re planning a holiday move this year, Smoldt Moving & Storage can help you make the most out of the experience with top-rated, specialized services like custom packing, specialty crating and packaging, shipping, unpacking and set-up, storage, and more. To find out how our long-distance and local movers can provide a seamless, stress-free relocation for your commercial or residential moving needs, contact us by phone or fill out our online form to get started with a free, no-obligation pricing estimate now.