The pros and cons of moving during the holidays

Moving guides - October 24, 2018

As you’ve probably realized by now, moving is no easy business. It’s a major life change, and, let’s be honest here – it’s not easy to plan out. You’ve got a bunch of stuff to do, a lot of things to think about…your timing really needs to be impeccable. And if you’re moving during the holidays, that goes double! You’ll need all the help you can get. Don’t worry though – we’ve decided to write up some advice for you on this very subject. Follow our tips, and you’ll have a much easier time with your holiday relocation.

Is moving during the holidays a good idea?

So yeah, we’ve already mentioned this – but good timing is essential for a good relocation. That’s why choosing when you’ll actually be moving is a really crucial decision. And it’s one you don’t want to make lightly! But how to choose the right time? It’s tough, we get it. If you’re choosing to move when you’ve got a lot of work on your plate, you’ll be constantly stressed out. And on the other hand, if you consider moving during the holidays – you’ll be sacrificing your free time. Also, let’s be honest – free time isn’t something you’ve got in spades. But maybe you’re moving for job opportunities? So how to pick the right moment for relocation? As with most tough decisions in life – there are plenty of pros and cons on either side.

A wreath hanging on a blue door.
Be certain you want to do this, before you start relocating in the winter.

The weather probably won’t be inclined to you

Let’s face it – if you’re moving during the holidays, the climate won’t exactly be your buddy. Yeah, this may be obvious. But, you won’t exactly be having an easy time moving during the winter holiday months. Think about how annoying and dangerous driving through icy and snowy roads can be. And that’s even if you’re going to the grocery store. That’s why the whole transport industry hits many snags this time of year.

So, you may want to prepare yourself for a lot of rescheduling. Indeed, expect that many moving trucks will be facing delays. And it’s not just a flexible schedule you’ll need to keep. Also, while you’re moving, make sure you’ve got plenty of warm clothes and food. You never know what kind of problems you could run into. And, speaking of which – you may be in a situation where you’re moving away from a warm climate. If you’re going somewhere with harsher winters, prepare on time. We advise you to buy all of the winter supplies like boots and warm clothes before you relocate. On one hand, that stuff is cheaper in warmer areas, and on the other – you should always prepare beforehand!

A country road covered with a thin sheet of ice and snow.
Icy winter roads are treacherous!

You’ll be dealing with more stress

Chances are you probably know this already, but – holiday stress is a real thing. It makes sense when you think about it, really. There’s no time like the holidays for introspection – and we all have something in our lives we’d desperately like to change. And that’s why most people deal with more anxiety and stress in holiday times, regardless of moving.

Yeah, now you’re seeing it. Besides the holidays, a relocation is one of the most stressful periods in anyone’s life. It’s a process of uprooting your entire life, and planting it somewhere else. Suffice to say – you won’t be having an easy time if these two stressful periods overlap. Although, it doesn’t have to be that difficult if you realize what you’re dealing with on time, and try extra hard to keep everything under control. For example – if you start planning your relocation before the holidays, you’ll be dealing with much less stress when moving time comes around. And if you hire a moving company, you’ll be doing much less of the grunt work yourself.

A person carrying a snow-globe through the snow.
Friends and family will be more likely to help you out!

There will be less focus on the holidays

Of course, there’s a flip side to everything – moving during the holidays means a lot of positive things as well. For example – you’ll be going into the holiday season with much smaller expectations. So while moving stress will be something you’ll have to deal with, on the other hand, your holiday stress will be much smaller. How so? Well, let’s just say you won’t be worrying about having the best home decorations in your neighborhood while you’re packing everything up into moving bins.

And how about a lot of parties and family gatherings you’re bound to be invited to? While some of them are really fun, you probably want to avoid most of them. Well, now you’ve got the perfect alibi! No-one will be able to judge you for not attending the god-awful office Christmas party if you’re busy relocating!

Your family and friends will be prone to help you out

While the holiday season means everyone is taking a good hard look at their lives, it’s also got a lot of good sides. For one, everybody you know will be more festive and pleasant this time of year – that’s just how most people are! So expect that you’ll be able to ask for more help from your friends and family members than you’d usually expect to receive. Once the Christmas decorations light up, everyone will be willing to help out a buddy or cousin with moving supplies – and you’ll need a lot of help if you’re moving during the holidays!

And on the other hand, if your family does group celebrations during the holidays – no one will expect you to carry the brunt of the festivities. You won’t be tasked with the most baking, cleaning, supply runs, or anything else that needs to be done.


There’s no easy answer to the question of when the best time for moving is. But if you’re moving the holidays, there are a lot of reasons for and against. And what you’ll pick will largely depend on your specific circumstances. But whatever you do, make sure you plan the relocation well in advance

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