When too many people choose the same time-period and the same approach to perform a certain activity, there is probably a good reason behind it. The chosen period will be, without a doubt, the most appropriate moment for undertaking such an activity and the chosen method will be the one that yields the best possible results. So, considering the fact that more than 65% of all the relocations in the United States take place within a few specific months, one can easily reach the conclusion that this is the most convenient and beneficial time of the year to move house. Also known as peak moving season, this period is extremely busy and hectic. However, it is widely preferred by home movers because of the numerous advantages it offers.
When is peak moving season?
The term “peak season” refers to the late spring and summertime (more specifically, from May 15th to August 31st), when most home moves take place. People feel more comfortable with the idea of moving house during these 3-4 months because of the favorable weather conditions, the summer holidays, and various other seasonal factors that seem to promise a safe, comfortable, and efficient relocation. The high demand for reliable moving services during the high season, however, poses a number of considerable challenges both to the shippers of household goods and to the moving companies. So, if you intend to move in the summer, you need to be fully aware of all the aspects of a peak season relocation.
What to consider when moving in peak season
Despite the great advantages of moving in the summer (nice weather, blooming real estate market, plenty of free time, no interruption of the school year, etc.), there are some considerable cons to moving during the peak season as well:
- Higher fees – if you intend to move in peak season, you will have to dig deep into your pockets as the cost of professional moving services increases significantly during this busy period. Be careful to create your moving budget correspondingly and to plan for hidden costs and emergency expenses as well. You can find some efficient ways to save money on your forthcoming relocation here;
- Limited options – enlisting the services of trusted and skillful professionals during the peak moving season may turn out to be quite a challenge. Unless you plan and book your move well in advance, you may have to deal with inexperienced movers and inadequate moving equipment. (Pressed by the tight schedule during the summer months, many moving companies hire seasonal workers who don’t have the professional training and the required know-how to perform a smooth relocation.) Besides, the choice of available moving days will also be quite limited as weekends and other highly desirable dates will be reserved quite ahead of time. So, you are strongly advised to book the services of a reliable moving company as early as possible in order to guarantee a convenient moving date and quality work.
Overloaded moving trucks, traffic jams, parking problems, and heat-damaged household goods are other common risks involved in peak-season moves.
How to organize a successful peak season move?
Here are some simple tricks and tips that will help you perform a smooth and trouble-free relocation even when moving in high season:
1) Plan smart – planning ahead is the key prerequisite for a successful move. So, it is highly recommended to create a detailed moving calendar that lists all the moving tasks you need to take care of (with appropriate time limits for each and every one of them) and to act accordingly in a quick and efficient manner. This way you won’t overlook any important aspect of the moving process and will be able to keep track of your progress;
2) Be flexible – if your own schedule allows flexibility concerning the exact date of your relocation, you can save a lot and ensure better moving services. In most cases, there will be cost-advantages and more resources available for a mid-week move. So, if possible, avoid the national holidays and schedule your move for a week day in the middle of the month. Remember that if you are able (and willing) to slide your move a few days, you may get a very good deal;
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3) Hire trustworthy movers – when looking for moving services in peak season you are very likely to encounter not only incompetent movers, but rogue movers as well. Their services may seem affordable but once they secure the job, scam artists will disappear with the deposit money, will steal the valuable items in the shipment, or will keep the goods hostage until some exorbitant extra fees are paid as ransom. It is of paramount importance to carefully research the moving companies you are interested in and to check their legitimacy (as well as their record of past performance) before hiring them;
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4) Purchase insurance – the moving process is not immune to accidents – some of your sensitive items may get damaged by the heat or while being transferred, the moving truck may crash or may catch fire, thieves may steal your belongings, etc. Under the standard coverage you will only receive $0,60 per pound per damaged or lost item, so it is a good idea to purchase an additional moving insurance, especially for your more delicate and valuable possessions;
5) Take care of the paperwork in time – if you are planning to move in high season, have in mind that many people will be away on holidays, so putting your paperwork in order may take longer than usual. Start collecting and sorting all the necessary documents early enough to avoid last minute “paperwork problems”. Don’t forget to change your address, pay your current bills, cancel subscriptions, retrieve medical and school records, transfer your driver’s license, update your car registration and insurance, etc. Last but not least, arrange for the utilities to be running in your new home on move-in day, as you will desperately need electricity and water in the scorching mid-summer heat (to turn on the air conditioning, take a refreshing shower, etc.);
6) Be careful not to include any temperature-sensitive items in your shipment (anything that can melt, spoil, or wrap because of the heat). Click here for some more crucial packing tips that will help you avoid rookie mistakes and ensure the safety of your items during transportation;
7) Mind the weather – high temperatures on the extremely strenuous and stressful moving day may pose a great risk to your health unless you take appropriate measures to stay cool and hydrated all the time: dress in light-colored and lightweight comfortable clothes, drink plenty of water, eat fresh fruits and vegetables, protect your skin with a quality sunscreen lotion, etc. Also, keep in mind that heavy rainfall, thunderstorms, or high winds may occur even in the summertime, so you should be properly prepared for rain on Moving day – provide tarpaulins to keep your belongings dry and safe, place doormats in front of the entrance to your home and protective coverings over the floors to keep mud and dirt out of your property, etc.;
8) Plan for kids and pets – have someone take your children and/or pets for a long walk or to a playground while the movers are in your house. Or, even better – arrange for the little ones to stay with a friend or a relative at their place on Moving day. If this is not possible, hire a babysitter to look after your kids and your animal friends in a calm and safe air-conditioned room away from the moving chaos;
9) Perform your move early in the morning – arrange for the moving crew to arrive at your property as early in the morning on Moving day as possible so that you can have your shipment loaded before the heat becomes too intense. If you are moving yourself, consider having the rented moving vehicle parked in front of your place the night before the move, so that you can start loading it in the evening or before the sun comes up;
10) Have your essentials with you – have in mind that your shipment may be delayed considerably during the peak moving season (roads are very busy, storage space is limited, etc.). You may have to survive for a week or so in your new home without your belongings, so make sure all your valuables and essentials travel with you (pack everything you will need for about ten days in your essentials box).
May your peak season relocation turn into a gratifying adventure with an appropriate happy ending!