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Picking a Moving Date That’s Right For Your Needs

Deciding when you’re going to move is stressful. There are so many factors to consider to come up with the perfect date and you want to make your move as easy as you can on everyone involved. With a move already putting a strain on your everyday life, it is important to pick the perfect moving day that suits all of your needs.

Here’s what you need to consider:

If You Have Kids

If you have kids you’ll want to consider when is best for them. Most kids find it more difficult to move in the middle of the school year because curriculums are unlikely to line up at both schools. The stress of starting school in the middle of the year with no friends can often be overwhelming and result in a lot of stress and low grades. Because of this, it is a good idea to move during the summer.

You may be eager to get going right after your child completes a grade but it is likely they don’t feel the same way. Give them a week or two to say goodbye to all their friends, in and out of the neighborhood, and to allow them to adapt to the idea of moving. If you want to move at the end of the summer, be sure that it is a few weeks before school starts back up for your kid. Give them some time to get acquainted with the new house and the people in the neighborhood before throwing them back into school.

Unfortunately, the almost universal desire to avoid breaking up a school year leads most families to prefer to pick a moving date during summer break, and this means…

 

If You’re Worried About Cost

The summer is the most costly time of the year to move because it’s the busiest. With most people moving in late May to early October, and the absolute busiest days at the end of June and July, the rush of people hiring moving trucks in the summer results in higher rates. There’s only so many moving companies and vehicles to hire and the demand pushes up prices.

The weekends are also an expensive time to move with most people trying to make the switch when they aren’t working. It is best to avoid the holidays when it comes to moving because any time off will result in an influx of people trying to hire companies. The most cost effective time of the year is likely to be late fall before Christmas and Hannukah and winter.

Don’t wait until the last minute to hire your moving company. If you really need a specific day, you are going to want to hire them weeks ahead of time to ensure that you get the day and the company you want.

 

If You’re Renting

Most people try to rent during spring and summer. This is when people get off of work and out of school so you have many college students leaving their apartments. This means that there will be a lot on the market during these busy months so you will have the most options.

However, with so many people looking for a place, it gives you less time to decide if you really want to rent. You will likely not have the time to negotiate a lower price so renting in the spring and summer will be the most expensive.

The winter can be a very good time to rent because fewer people have a desire to move in the cold. Renters will be eager to get their places under contract and therefore will be much more likely to negotiate a lower cost.

 

If You’re Worried About The Weather

The weather is a very big factor when considering when you want to move. If you don’t want to get caught in the rain or snow or are incredibly opposed to moving in the cold, then you will want to schedule your move for summer. If you have wooden or even some plastic items that are very important to you, special preparations may be needed to protect them from the elements.

Moving somewhere cold to somewhere warm and vice versa can damage some of your belongings if the temperature changes are very extreme, so consider a summer moving date when temperatures are more forgiving might be a good idea. However, you’ll want to take into account that, in addition to moving companies costing more because of the number of people hiring them in the summer, they will also charge more due to the extreme heat.

 

If You’re Worried About Traffic

While during the day on the weekends there are fewer people out and about, moving between Monday and Thursday will be your best bet. Not only will it save you money because it is during the week but, if you go at the right times, you can also avoid rush hour. The best time of day to move is early to late morning.

Although you may run into some morning traffic with people rushing to work if you leave early, it will also give you ample time to get where you’re going. Leaving mid to late morning will allow you to avoid morning traffic and rush hour so you’ll arrive at your destination faster and not have to deal with the frustration of traffic.

 

What not to pack when moving

Moving is always an intimidating process. People have to pack everything they own into cardboard boxes and load them into the back of a large truck. It’s a colossal task

One thing to keep in mind is you shouldn’t put everything in that truck. There are some items that are too valuable or volatile to pack next to your socks and Lonesome Dove DVD. In general, you should avoid items that are:

Valuable

Not just in terms of cash value, but of personal value to you. Irreplaceable items like photo albums, small heirlooms and your wedding video should be set aside and put in your personal vehicle for the move. Also things like cash, jewelry, legal documents and stocks and bonds are too valuable to place in the moving truck, which could be targeted by thieves.

Dangerous

Don’t load a moving truck with combustible materials like gasoline, matches, ammunition, paint thinners and aerosol cans because of the potential fire hazard. Also, be careful to exclude pressured containers like propane tanks, fire extinguishers and oxygen tanks. Hazardous chemicals like bleach, ammonia or car batteries should also be left behind. Contact your public works department for advice on how to safely dispose of them before you leave.

Perishable

Some foods like canned green beans can certainly make the journey, but when you’re cleaning out your cupboard don’t try to chance it with items like frozen food in a cooler. You may get delayed or arrive too tired to unload and end up attracting insects or rodents. The same goes for produce, dairy products and anything in a breakable glass jar.

Moving is a big process and unfortunately, some materials simply won’t survive a long journey. Fortunately, most of those items are inexpensive and easily replaced and the risk of harming the rest of your stuff they present makes the decision to leave them behind an easy one.

Decluttering before you move

Chances are somewhere in your home is a big cup full of pens. Pens with business names, ballpoint tips, felt tips, clickable and capped pens, black and blue ink, and a few pencils. It’s usually a plastic cup, but it sometimes a large glass or a mug. Once in a while it’s a shallow box at the front of a drawer bursting with pens. Whatever the variations are, you probably have one right now.

Now imagine your life without that cup of pens.

We all accumulate little things here and there over time. A lot of those things are useful, but only up to a point or for very specific circumstances. The life you imagined without that cup of pens should not be any different because you would still have other pens to use.

However, when you move, every item adds weight and volume to your boxes, regardless of the item’s actual usefulness. That’s one of the many reasons generations of people have used moving time as a chance to get rid of excess stuff.

The trick is convincing yourself that you can get rid of perfectly good items, many of which you paid for with real money. Let that thought go and ask yourself if the item is doing you any good today, or if it’s just taking up space.

Here’s some more good questions to ask yourself: Do I have something else that does the same thing as this item? Do these clothes actually fit me anymore and how often do I actually wear them? When was the last time I used this thing? Is this a broken thing I said I’d fix but never did? If I lost this item would I even bother to replace it? Is this a nostalgic item I could take a digital photo of instead of keeping?

Try leaving your home and imagining that you lost everything and had to start over. Write down what you would need – everything from a toothbrush to a bed frame. Be specific, and add anything you would like to have, like your photo albums. When you get home look very hard at the items that you did not include. If you forgot about them, perhaps they’re not so important after all.

What you actually do with the excess stuff is up to you: Moving sales, Craigslist ads, donations to thrift stores and landfills are all popular choices (Usually in that order). The important thing is to get rid of it. In time, your place can look more like something from an interior design magazine with lots of free space and simple, clean rooms.

Moving Tip Monday: Get Your Kids Involved

It can be difficult for kids when they are moving and it’s hard to get them involved when there are so many moving parts and big items to move.  Consider getting them involved by having them decorate and label their own boxes for packing!  This will make it fun and exciting for them and be helpful for you when you unpack.

Moving Tip Monday: Get Your Kids Involved

Moving Tip Monday: Save Your Back

Save your back, hire a moving company to help you move.  Whether it’s just some of the heavier, large furniture pieces or everything you plan to move, Ayer Moving and Storage can help you with your move.  We are available for cross country and international moves as well.

Moving Tip Monday: Save Your Back

Save your back, hire a moving company when you’re moving to Central MA, Fort Devens, Pepperell Dunstable, Concord

Moving Tip Monday: Self Moving Tips

From Movinggal.com:
Moving heavy items while relocating to another place can take a toll on your back. The best way to avoid back injury while on the move is to utilize legs for lifting items instead of your back. Squat down, grasp the item and pick it up placing weight on your legs instead of your back. By exerting pressure on leg muscles you will be able to avoid back injury. You can simplify the process of lifting boxes by distributing weight of boxes evenly. This can be done by packing items in various boxes, instead of loading all items in one single box.

Moving Tip Monday: Self Moving Tips

Moving Tip Monday: Donate Used Home Goods

When you are you starting your move, you may find that some of your home goods will need to be moved on.  Perhaps they are only gently used and still work.  If so, consider donating furniture, appliances, extra construction supplies (such as tiles, shingles, windows, etc) and home goods like decor to Habitat for Humanity’s Restore.  We recommend our local Habitat for Humanity ReStore for North Central MA.  If your items can’t fit into your car, give them a call, they can usually arrange to pick up the items.  Even better, pick up a receipt from them so you can write off your donations on your taxes.

Moving Tip Monday: Donate Used Home Goods

Donate gently used furniture and home goods to Habitat for Humanity

 

Moving Tip Monday: Valuables and Jewelry

When moving, keep your valuables, such as jewelry, cash, and collectibles with you.  Make sure they are secured in your new home immediately upon moving.  Thieves often target moving trucks and packed cars for these valuable items so don’t let them out of your sight!

Moving Tip Monday: Valuables and Jewelry

Moving Tip Monday: Neighborhood Rules

When moving into a new neighborhood, take note of any neighborhood rules, laws, and parking regulations.  There could be ordinances on when people can move, trucks parking in areas, and if there are sound restrictions.  Get yourself off on the right foot in your new neighborhood.  Moving Tip Monday: Neighborhood Rules

Moving Tip Monday: Smoke Detectors

When you move in to your new place, one of the first things you should do is check that your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors work.  Replace batteries right away so you won’t have to worry about protecting your new property and anyone inside.

Moving Tip Monday: Smoke Detectors