What with vacation time, the nice weather, and the kids out of school, you would think that summer would be the ideal time to move. The problem is that you are not alone in thinking that. In fact, more than 70% of all house moves occur between May and September! Here are some helpful tips if your family will be included in this statistic.
Expect to Pay More.
Summer is peak moving time and as such, is the most expensive time to move. Demand is high and rates during the summer reflect that.
Because demand is high this time of year, you’ll want to interview and reserve with your selected mover as soon as you can. Schedule your move in the middle of the month, and middle of the week, if you can. You’ll be more likely to get your requested date this way when demand is slightly lower. (Most people want to move on the weekend at the end or beginning of a month!)
Move Early in the Day.
Temperatures and humidity levels are lowest in the morning. Scheduling your move around 8 am will help you and your movers beat the heat and the traffic. If this isn’t possible or if you are planning a do-it-yourself move, wait until late afternoon when the temps cool down.
Set up a portable fan near the entrance to your home where the movers will be loading the truck. If you have air conditioning at your new home, put it on as soon as you can or bring that fan and set it up to help move the air when the movers are unloading the truck.
To avoid overheating, remember to have plenty of cool water on hand. Keep water bottles in a cooler and be sure to offer water to your moving crew.
Load Electronics Last.
Electronic devices can become overheated on a hot summer’s day. Smartphones, laptops, tablets, and TVs do not take kindly to heated conditions. If you can, load them last or bring them with you in your car. If it is a humid or rainy day, you might want to put devices in plastic baggies or a waterproof container to keep them safe. Ask your mover for special boxes for computers and TVs to be sure they arrive safely at your destination.
Keep Perishables Cool.
If you are moving nearby, you can pack your perishable food items in a cooler full of ice or ice packs. (Large plastic juice bottles filled with water and then frozen work well).
Remember the Sunscreen.
Apply sunscreen with broad-spectrum coverage and an SPF of 30 or higher.
Don’t Underestimate Prep Time.
Start packing your household goods at least a month before your moving date. Interview, hire, and schedule your movers 3 – 4 months before that, if possible. Consult a timeline for moving that will guide you through the steps.
Holidays are NOT the Time to Move.
Availability will be scarce for movers and truck rentals and it will be more expensive to schedule your move during a holiday weekend. Traffic will be high on major roads and you may encounter detours due to holiday events, such as parades. Avoid Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day weekends.
Wear Seasonal Clothing.
Don’t wear inappropriate or uncomfortable clothing. In the Summer, you need light, breathable clothing, closed-toe shoes (no flip-flops or sandals), and ladies: No high heels! You may be lifting boxes, walking back and forth (sometimes backwards), and driving long distances … none of which can be done safely or comfortably in unsuitable clothing.
If you are thinking of moving during the summer months and have questions about costs or scheduling, call a professional moving consultant at Ayer Moving & Storage at 1-800-233-MOVE. They will be happy to discuss how they can help organize your summer move to be stress-free.