As you can easily guess, summer is the indisputable winner when it comes to the busiest season for the moving and storage industry in the country. With roughly 70% of all household moves taking place during the 5-month period between May and September, there are a number of important things to know about moving during the summer.
Moving house during the peak season has its specifics, so if you’re also planning to take advantage of the good weather or the extra free time during your scheduled vacation days or the summer break of your kids, then you should read on to find some hot summer tips that will help you prepare and plan for your upcoming move in a way that you won’t have to deal with unpleasant surprises until you reach your new home.
The best summer moving tips for your summer move are:
Tip #1: Watch your budget
Summer is the most popular season to move house because of the favorable climatic conditions – if you ever had to move out in the winter (sub-zero temperatures + snow + icy roads), then you’d know how the weather outside be a major influence during that transitional period. But if you, like millions of Americans each year, picture the perfect summer day to move your belongings to another home in another part of the country, then you must be prepared to battle your way through higher moving companies rates.
Generally speaking, it is more expensive to move in the summer because the demand for professional movers reaches its peak. During the height of the moving season, you may not be able to get a really good deal as far as price and conditions go, for most moving companies won’t be in the mood to lower their rates or offer decent price discounts.
Consult your budget to see if you have enough money saved to cover the moving expenses. Your very first task is to learn how much your move will cost you in the first place /see next tip/, and then use various cost-saving techniques to move home for less money.
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Tip #2: Hire a reputable moving company
As mentioned above, professional moving services tend to cost more in the summer due to the fact that everybody seems to be moving during the hottest spell of the year, and as a result, reputable movers get booked well in advance. If you can’t really postpone your scheduled summer move for the off-season when you should be able to get a much better bargain, then, instead of expecting to find affordability in your relocation partner, you’d better turn your attention to reputation and experience.
In other words, instead of wasting too much time hunting down cheap movers, bet on experienced moving companies that will
- be able to accommodate your summer move,
- visit your home for risk assessment and price calculation,
- give you a price estimate that will still agree with your moving budget,
- offer you the additional services you need so much, and
- have predominantly positive reviews and overall ratings left by customers.
Moving to a new home in the summer can be a real hassle due to the great number of move-related tasks ahead of you, and the more limited choice of trustworthy movers won’t make things any less stressful for you either. So, initiate the search for a reliable moving company as soon as possible, and don’t forget to research well potential candidates in order to prevent any chances of moving frauds.
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Tip #3: Plan ahead of time
There are a number of good ways to prepare for a summer move, but the best way to do just that is to plan things well in advance. There isn’t any time to lose – the day your summer relocation is confirmed is the day you need to start working on your summer moving checklist, period. This is the only way you can guarantee yourself a successful finish before the ultimate deadline – moving day.
Create a moving checklist first to keep reminding you of what it is that you need to do next. Don’t forget to label PACKING as a top priority task, for most people tend to underestimate how much time they need to pack up their homes, and later, when Moving day is just around the corner, they wish they hadn’t made that rookie mistake.
Find and book the services of a reputable moving company in the very beginning so that you can reserve a move-out date that’s both convenient and cost-saving for you. Most people book movers on weekends and on the beginning and end of the month, so if possible, schedule your date on a weekday in the middle of a month to hopefully get a more favorable price.
Tip #4: Mind what you take with you
In a genuine effort to make your move cheaper, you should definitely consider going through your belongings with the clear idea of slimming down their number. Keep in mind that the more things you decide to move, the more money you will pay for their transportation because the total weight of the shipment will be much higher. Besides, there must be so many items that have ceased to be of any actual use you a long time ago, right?
Moving in the summer heat presents another challenge as well – don’t forget that heat sensitive things should be packed with extra care, and sometimes transported separately from the rest of the shipment. For example, it can become really hot in the back of the moving truck so think twice before placing electronic equipment there that can be easily damaged by the extreme temperature.
As you already know, one of the benefits of moving in the summer is the nice weather, so you should definitely use that to your advantage – organize a yard sale to try to sell any items you will no longer need and earn some money at the same time.
Tip #5: Stay cool
We all know, or at least suspect, that the climatic challenges of moving during the cold months of the year, but moving in the summer can be tricky as well. It’s important to protect yourself from the intense summer heat and strong direct sunshine as unwise exposure to both of them can bring harm into your relocation endeavor.
Keep the room or rooms where you’re working air-conditioned – while packing up for the move and especially on moving day itself. Keep everyone well-hydrated, including any packers or movers you may have hired to help you complete the job – offer cold drinks (mostly bottled water) to the moving crew, but never alcohol.
Don’t forget to dress appropriately for the Big day – wear lightweight and comfortable summer clothes but still put on closed-toe shoes (leave the flip-flops for the beach). Also, a hat and sunglasses to protect you from the burning sun rays is never a bad idea.
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