3 smart tips for moving during the holidays

shutterstock_301744478Moving is never an easy process, but it’s one that can prove to be even more challenging during the holiday season. The holidays are a time of the year in which everyone tends to be more busy than usual. It means that that you’ll most likely have to deal with various family obligations, gift buying and more while you are moving. The following are three tips that you should follow to make your moving experience a bit easier during the holidays:

1. Prepare for harsh weather

You’re more likely to encounter harsh weather during the holiday season than during any other time of the year. You should prepare yourself for typical winter weather, such as snow and ice. If you’re planning a long distance move in a cold climate, make sure to have your car inspected before you take it out onto the road. Pack a winter emergency kit as well. This should include the following:

  • Flashlight
  • Portable radio
  • Extra batteries
  • Dry food
  • Bottled water
  • Blankets
  • Charged phone
  • First-aid kit
  • Extra clothes
  • Shovel
  • Ice scraper
  • Spare tire

2. Begin preparing for the move ahead of time

The holiday season can be quite stressful in itself. Combined with the stress of moving, you may find yourself feeling overwhelmed in a hurry. Reduce potential stress by preparing for your move well ahead of time. Begin packing things that you know you can do without weeks before the move. This way, you can pack a few boxes a day and be ready to go once the movers arrive.

If you don’t prepare for your move ahead of time, the pressure of the move and all of the things that you still need to do will sit in the back of your mind. The last thing you want to do is to spend a few days before the move trying to pack everything you own in a hurry. This is a good way to become disorganized, making it difficult to find the things you need once you’ve moved into your new home.

You should also plan around any holiday obligations. If you have a holiday dinner to attend two days before you move, then you’ll definitely want to start packing way ahead of time so that you’re not forced to miss it. If you’re moving into your new home right before a major holiday, make dinner plans ahead of time – even if it’s just finding a take-out place nearby your new home.

3. Hire a moving company as soon as possible

Many moving companies will not want to make long moves during the holidays. Because of this, you should begin looking for a reputable moving company as soon as you know when you want to move. If you wait too long, it will be more difficult to find a high-quality mover that isn’t booked or understaffed.

If you are planning on moving during the holiday season, then be sure to keep these three moving tips in mind.

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7 Gifts for New Homeowners That They Will Actually Use

shutterstock_429689848Forget about homemade cookies or casserole, get your new neighbors or friends a housewarming gift that they will actually use. These 7 unique, yet practical housewarming gifts will help new homeowners settle into their dream home.

#1 The Homeowner’s Manual

Owning a home comes with all sorts of unexpected complications.  If your friend is a first time home buyer a great gift is The Homeowner’s Manual. This book is full of helpful advice on everything related to the home. It offers step-by-step instructions on how to fix a leaky faucet and other basic maintenance tasks. It also answers some very important questions that many homeowners have, such as:

  • Why are there water stains on the ceiling?
  • When Should I have my chimney cleaned?
  • How can I safely reset a breaker?

#2 Gift Cards

Most new homeowners are strapped for cash. Gift cards to Lowe’s, Walmart and Target are all good choices. Whether your friend needs tools or other household items,  a gift card provides them with a little extra money to get the things they need.  Another option is to give a restaurant gift card. Moving is hard work. Going out to eat can be a relief after moving into a new home.

#3 Alcohol

A bottle wine from a local winery, a beer making a kit or a six-pack of craft beer are all great gift ideas. Another creative idea is to make a gift basket and fill it with wine, champagne or scotch along with some gourmet snacks.

#4 Home Safety Devices

Things like fire extinguishers, carbon monoxide detectors, flashlights and security cameras are typically not on any new homeowner’s shopping list. First-time homebuyers in particular often do not think about these things as they are usually supplied by landlords. Although shopping for home safety equipment may not be fun, there are essential items for any homeowner to have on hand.

#5 Technology

Technology plays an increasingly important role in most people’s lives. A programmable thermostat makes a great housewarming gift. It will also help with energy efficiency, as well. Another great technology gift is a keyless lock. These allow homeowners to lock and unlock their doors from anywhere.

#6 Landscaping Gifts

Basic garden tools, such as rakes, garden spades, shovels and gardening gloves are great gifts for first-time homeowners. Decorative items like garden signs, landscaping lighting, and birdhouses also make thoughtful housewarming gifts. Herb-gardening kits are popular with new homeowners too.

#7 Outdoor Entertaining Items

Help your friend or family member turn their outdoor space into an entertaining area with outdoor dinnerware, linens or BBQ accessories. Other great gifts for outdoor entertaining include picnic baskets, coolers or cool outdoor games, like a croquet set.

Stay tuned to Connecticut’s Finest Movers for more tips and advice for homeowners.