Household Moving Tips for the Holiday Shipping Season
Now that Thanksgiving is past, it’s time for a lot of us to turn our attention to Christmas and the last big holiday of the year. Christmas, even more so than Thanksgiving, is a holiday meant to celebrate our loved ones – as well as helping out our retail-based economy here in the United States. But the spirit of giving is always high around this time of year, and as 2014 winds down it’s the time of year where the long-term procrastinators finally start getting things done – like finally packing for the big move. If you’re planning on moving yourself and/or your family to a new part of the country this holiday season, here are a few things that you should probably keep in mind.
For starters, many routes across the country tend to rise in price during the holiday season, but less because of the holidays and more because it’s winter, and household moving companies don’t like running routes through snow and ice. Household moving actually closely mirrors that of auto transportation in the sense of when the best times of year are to ship – summer may see higher prices into and out of some areas, but on the whole prices tend to be cheaper because there’s a lot more freight. During the winter months is the slow time for both industries, and for some areas that’s a good thing, particularly if you’re moving from and to major southern cities. But there are other places, particularly New England and the Great Lakes regions, that can cause nightmares for household movers during the winter months.
If you’re trying to get your stuff to your new location by Christmas, you’re going to need to book pretty much now if you haven’t already. Waiting too much longer will likely force your goods to stay on the truck – or even waiting for pickup – until after the new year. Household movers don’t do expedited long-distance shipments the way that auto transporters do; with so much more freight than just a car going onto the back of a truck, household shipping companies need to have time to prep their trucks and organize their schedules in such a way as to maximize their pickups and deliveries and choose the best and most profitable route to ship your goods on. Since it takes much longer for household movers to organize their schedules than auto transporters, the lead time is increased for you, so if you need household moving services completed by the end of 2014, you better start looking around for some moving companies.
The best way to do it is to fill out our free household moving quote request form via our Household Moving Articles page. That link has several uses; for one, it gives you access to our household moving quote request form, which you can fill out to get multiple free household goods shipping quotes e-mailed to you from top-rated and respectable household moving companies. If you’re also in need of auto transport services, you can actually get both auto transport and household moving quotes via our auto shipping quote request form to the left of this blog post. When filling out the contact info portion, you can select an option to receive free household moving quotes in addition to auto transport quotes – just check that and you’ll get both quickly and with zero cost. Have further questions, or need some help navigating our website or our quote form? Give us a call at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents, who can help you get your questions answered and on the right track for a great shipping experience today.