Living in a cold deserted area with only a few dwarfs and one kind nice young lady may seem like every child’s dream place to visit. And yet, Santa and his helpers are not just enjoying their time – they have a lot of work all through the year – not quite what good children are expected to be busy with! We’ve heard as part of his new PR campaign rumors about Santa looking for a new home and since we don’t know his exact address we’re providing for him some tips and advice on what to do if he’s relocating and rough estimation of costs. Hopefully this article will reach our dear Santa Claus in time before his move so it can be successful!
If Santa Claus was Moving…
What does Santa Claus need to do if he decides to relocate? Surely it is not going to be an easy relocation! With more than 1,9 billion children in the world (27% of world population) Santa has to plan everything well. It is not a joke to relocate so many gifts for so many people! Provided that all these children in the world were good and have a gift then what will Santa Claus need in terms of moving help so that he could relocate them?
- Firstly, Santa need to plan it all well. With the size of this move he should start looking for moving companies online as soon as possible. This means that at best he should begin preparing not later than January. The best thing to do is to get several quotes – relocation experts usually suggest 3 or 5 but in this case he better take more because one or two companies will not be enough for this relocation.
- There is no airport where Santa is so he will have to use trucks. If the gifts to every kid weight approximately 1,5 lbs. and have a volume of about 3 cubic feet this means that a 26 foot truck can take in the gifts for about 537 children. For 1,9 billion children in the world this means that approximately 3538 26 foot trucks would be needed to transport every gift made. If every moving company can provide on an average 8 26 foot trucks this means that Santa will need about 442 moving companies for his move so that he can get all the drivers for all the trucks and all the moving labor for the loading/ unloading of the trucks.
- How much packing supplies should Santa Claus have in order to wrap up all the gifts for the moving? After all, he has just one bag in which he carries around children’s gifts on Christmas night. Provided that he needs a box for every gift, i.e. a minimum of 537 various size boxes per truck this means that the overall number of needed boxes would be more than 1,9 billion because there may be kids with more than 1 present. For every 26 foot truck he will need also between 36-48 moving pads, i.e. about 42 moving pads on an average for cushioning.
- On the other hand, Santa will also need to move his workplace and the workshop as well with all the instruments and machines he uses to make the gifts. That means that he should ask for a commercial move quote so that he could get an expert to move his equipment.
- What will the cost of the move be? For two men and a truck Santa should be ready to pay approximately between $80 and $100 per hour. For 3538 trucks that makes about $318,420. In addition are the costs of moving pads, relocation boxes, packing paper, bubble wrap, tape, string and all the possible extra costs involved like insurance, packing by the movers (if Santa opts for it), etc.
- Last but not least – it is quite necessary for Santa to understand the bill of lading. It is a document of major importance for the move and that is why he should be aware of it. Santa needs to know not to sign any blank papers and to always ask for a document when doing a payment. Since it is a huge move that he will have to do the deposit will be quite large, too, so he needs to have enough finances.
- In the meantime Santa needs to plan his traveling route. He will have to travel with the sleigh because movers are not allowed to take animals in for shipping and flight companies apply restrictions for deer. On the other hand Snow-white and the dwarfs can fly with an airplane.
Now Speaking to You, Santa!
I hope that these tips will help you relocate. And when your moving is over, please remember to come back and tell us how it was – we’d be all happy to hear your moving story just like lots of our readers are doing!
Good luck with your move, Santa!
PS: I promise to be very good during the whole year, always have my milk in the morning and eat all my veggies!
Posted on Jan 11, 2013; Last updated: Apr 14, 2014