Summer is a very popular time to move – in fact, over half of moves occur between Memorial Day and Labor Day, according to Moving.com. Moving during the summer is convenient for families, working professionals, and students: school is out, it’s a common time to take time off from work, and you don’t have to worry about snow or sleet.
But summer moving comes with its own set of challenges. There’s the oppressive summer heat. Moving itself can be stressful and physically challenging; add in the heat and humidity, and you have a recipe for exhaustion.
Additionally, because summer is such a popular time to move, it’s also a very expensive time. Moving supplies and moving companies are in high demand during this peak moving time. You’ll have to plan well in advance in order to get premium moving supplies and book a reputable moving company for a summer move.
There’s also the traffic. Summertime is a popular time for road trips, so there may be congestion on the streets and highways, meaning additional costs and time delays for you.
Fortunately, we’re here to help you. With proper planning, a summer move can be not only successful, but a rewarding experience. Besides the usual tips that apply to any move, here are some suggestions particularly for a summer move.
Plan ahead. As mentioned, planning is essential for any move, but especially for a summertime move, because of possible delays and the fact that movers get booked up well in advance. Keep a cool head and be flexible.
June, July, and August are typically the busiest moving months. The beginning and end of each month has the highest demand, as well as weekends and holidays. Dates before Memorial Day and after Labor Day are less busy.
Stay hydrated. In the busyness of moving, it’s easy to forget your body’s needs. On a hot summer day, you’ll likely get thirsty early and stay that way throughout the day. Make sure you take in enough fluids and pack water bottles with you during the move. And remember to bring water to the movers and anyone else helping you. They’ll appreciate it.
Start moving early in the day. If at all possible, start your move in the early morning, before the sunshine really kicks in. You’ll also beat much of the traffic by starting at 8 a.m. or even earlier. If that’s not possible, then do your outside moving tasks in the early evening when temps get lower.
Protect fragile items. Remember that electronic devices and some other valuable items don’t do well in sustained heat. Pack your laptops, TVs, tablets, and similar items separately and keep them cool at all times. Make sure to keep them protected from possible rain showers as well.
Check this infographic for more summer moving tips.
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