Moving during the summer season is when everyone seems to be moving. It’s hard to get on the moving calendar and you probably feel abnormally frustrated. But guess what? You’re not alone in feeling this way! In this article we will discuss everything you need to know about moving during the summer.
Summer season is peak season for moving companies. It’s when families gather their loved ones, pack the moving truck and head out for a new beginning in a new home.
However, moving during the summer can be a little tricky. With all the competition between movers plus the sweltering heat of the season, you need to move with a few important tips in your mind.
Tip 1: Get Multiple Quotes
Peak season also means expensive prices for many of the movers who hike up their rates. Although rates won’t fluctuate with every company, you should get multiple quotes to be on the safe side.
Peak season is the time that everyone is moving. The moving schedule is busier and it’s important to do your due diligence and be sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck.
Tip 2: Plan Your Move As Early As Possible
Another helpful tip for moving during the summer season is to plan your move well in advance. Due to how busy peak season can get, it’s crucial that you choose a mover and get on their schedule as early as you can!
Now we know that not everyone has the luxury of planning in advance. If you are moving with less than a month’s notice, don’t worry. Take a look at tip 3!
Tip 3: Move On A Weekday
Moving on a weekday is an important tip to keep in mind. If you choose to move on a weekend, chances are it’ll be harder to book the move and a little more expensive too.
Moving on a weekday you might save a couple bucks and be able to schedule a move within a shorter span of time. Choose Monday through Thursday so you don’t get caught in the mad rush of moving season.
But avoid holidays like Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day. Moving companies have less staff and it’s harder to get truck and dolly rentals on a holiday. There’s also a lot more traffic.
Also, schedule your move early in the morning so you and the movers can get as much done as possible before the peak daytime heat sets in.
If you’re doing a DIY move, and mornings aren’t an option, then consider moving in the late afternoon and early evening when temperatures are lower.
Tip 4: Wear Sunscreen
When you’re planning a move during the summer, be sure to wear your sunscreen! This is an important tip many people neglect to follow however they pay with a nasty sunburn in the end.
You can wear a hat and sunglasses too to protect your face and eyes. Wearing sunscreen while you move is an absolute must and should not be forgotten.
Tip 5: Drink Lots Of Water
Drinking lots of water will help you fare through the day and handle the move better. Everyone should drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water daily, and more on hot days. Packing a large water bottle will help prevent you from getting dehydrated.
Bring your day’s supply of water with you on move day and we’re sure you’ll be just fine!
Even if you’re using professional movers, it’s always good to keep plenty of water handy at your old and new home. Have enough to share with the movers and friends helping out with your move. They’ll appreciate it.
Tip 6: Pack Responsibly
During the summer, you should be aware, that not every item you pack will do well in the heat. Sorting through your belongings and learning what items to bring and which to keep home is a smart thing to do before you move.
Bringing extra, unnecessary items not only increases the cost of the move but it will add more to the workload. You’ll find that the truck feels like it’s overheating and there’s a higher risk of getting overheated during your move.
Here are some things you can do to help you pack only what you need:
- Get rid of items you don’t want and either throw them away or donate them
- Hire a junk removal company if you have useless junk that needs to be discarded
- Use a dumpster rental company to help you through the process of getting rid of items you don’t need
- Don’t pack items that could melt or spoil during your move
Remember that some items such as electronic products cannot handle heat at all. Consider carrying laptops, computers, and DVD players by yourself. If you plan to have the movers transport these, load them last onto the truck and unload them first.
If you plan to keep items in storage for a few weeks or months during the summer, make sure the storage facility is climate-controlled and has good security.
Tip 7: Take Care of Kids and Pets
Kids and pets can suffer in the summer heat as much as you can. And there may not be a lot of shady places around your home for them to take refuge in. The house doors will be open most of the day, allowing the heat to enter, and window air conditioning units may have been taken out. So, consider arranging alternate accommodations such as a friend or neighbor’s house for the kids and a pet hotel for animals.
Tip 8: Wear The Right Clothing
When you move during the summer, it’s crucial that you wear the right clothing for your move. Loose fitting, cotton clothing is best as it is light and airy. Additionally, wearing a cotton tee and shorts during your move will help you stay cool and dry during the process.
If you don’t have the ability to launder your clothing so that you have clean items to transport during the move, it might be best to enlist the help of a laundry service. If you are doing a commercial move, you can seek help from a commercial laundry service too. But whatever the case may be, you shouldn’t be transporting soiled garments as you could be spreading germs and virus from one place to another.
Tip 9: Prepare For Your New Home Before You Arrive
Tip 9 covers a wide range of things that need to be done before you arrive at your new residence. You want to be prepared to live in your new space before you get there. The worst thing would be to arrive after a hectic and long summer move only to have to do a bunch of things you forgot.
Some things you will want to be sure to do:
- Turn on utilities
- Hire or connect with a reputable house cleaning service
- Make sure you have all essentials
- Make sure your mail is being forwarded to your new address
- Be prepared to order take out on the first night
- Check the weather before your move for heavy rain or even tornadoes, which are common in some parts during the summer
Moving during the summer season has an interesting set of challenges that should not be ignored. If you follow these suggestions for a summer, peak-season move, we know you will have a wonderful experience. We wish you the best with your residential move!
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