Statistical data show that for millions of Americans, summer is the best time to move to a new home: kids are out of school, the weather is nice, and the home buying season is at its peak. Moving is strenuous at the best of times, but doing so during the summer, especially if you are moving to or from a hot climate adds its own set of challenges. When moving in summer you’ll need to give a little bit of extra thought to logistics and how to keep cool. Here are some tips to make your move in the summer a breeze.
Summer is the prime time for moving. Moving companies are very busy during this time of the year for movers, so you’ll need to plan well in advance. Start looking for moving companies at least six to eight weeks before the date on which you wish to move. Don’t make the mistake of researching only one or two movers and trusting them to give you the best price. They are there to make money and you might get ripped off. Talk to several different companies and get quotes from all of them.
Beat the Heat
When possible, it’s a good idea to book your moving company to arrive early in the morning while it is still relatively cool. Remember to stay hydrated, especially if you’re doing strenuous activity, and wear light clothing, so you don’t overheat. Heat stroke is a real danger when moving in the summer.
Move on the least busy days
The beginning and end of the month and weekends are always packed because that’s when most people move. Memorial Day weekend and the last weekend of July are especially busy. If you have to move on a particular day like Friday or Saturday or the first or last day of the month, chances are, if you book last minute it won’t be an easy process to find a moving company. This means that latecomers are forced to pay steeply hiked-up prices.
Take Care of Your Belongings
Certain items won’t fare very well in a hot moving truck and should be taken with you in the car, or packed extremely carefully. These items include candles which can melt in the heat and get wax all over your other items and music items, such as instruments, CDs, cassettes, and vinyl records, which could warp or get damaged under high temperatures. We have temperature and humidity controlled units that are perfect for this time of year.
Don’t let the challenges of moving in summer scare you; as long as you keep on top of things and plan ahead, it won’t be a nightmare.