Considerations for Moving in the Summer
By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Try to Enjoy the Summer
Summer is the perfect time to be outside, enjoying the weather and the various summertime activities. The last place most people want to be on a nice summer evening is inside packing their belongings for an upcoming move. So, take a little time now to make a schedule that includes time for both packing and summer activities. By balancing your moving tasks with some fun summertime events, you’ll still get to enjoy the season. And, if you have kids, try to get them involved in activities in both your old and new location, especially if you are moving midway through the summer.
If you are moving a long distance, try to time the move to allow you to have some fun along the way. After the professional movers have loaded up your old house and are headed to your new home with your belongings, take the time to play tourist, assuming the delivery schedule allows it. You may have time for a full vacation or at least a few day trips along the way, but either way, you will have a nice break before having to worry about unpacking and settling into your new home and town.
Think Ahead & Have a Contingency Plan
Summertime is peak moving season, especially for long-distance moves, so don’t delay in contacting a professional mover. The further out you book, the more likely you are to get the dates that you would like. And remember that a last-minute change on your end, such as a change in the closing date on your new home, could result in a significant delay, as the moving company will need to rearrange their entire schedule to accommodate your new dates. So, you could end up having to wait for a truck and driver to be available.
Having a contingency plan is a good idea. Moving during peak season means that all trucks are usually at capacity. While moving companies do everything that they can to ensure that dates are met, sometimes delays can happen. Be sure that items that you can’t live without, such as medicines and your various chargers, are with you and not packed away in the moving van. Maybe bring a few extra sets of clothes with you, just in case, and be prepared to run out to a dollar store and buy some inexpensive plates and utensils, if needed.
Yes, It’s Hot
Moving in the summer is bound to be hot. Make sure that the items that you are sending on the moving truck can withstand the heat for the length of time that it will take to get the items from your old house to your new house. Anything that can melt, like candles or records, should go in your air-conditioned vehicle. Also, it’s not a good idea to send anything that is damp in the moving truck. These items could mold and create a health hazard.
Finally, it’s important to take care of yourself and your family when moving in the summer. Stay hydrated by taking frequent water breaks and wear sunscreen or stay out of the sun as much as possible. The last thing that you need is to have to take a trip to the local ER because you got overheated when moving your things in the hot sun.
But, fear not, even though a summer move can be challenging, you will eventually get everything unpacked in your new home. Take the time to enjoy some summer activities and explore your new city and before you know it, autumn will be settling in.
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