Undertaking a Summer Move
Moving can be stressful regardless of the season, but relocating during the summer can present unique challenges and concerns. To ensure you are prepared for a summer move and everything that comes with it, continue reading…
Making the Most of Summer
Summer is the perfect season to enjoy outdoor activities and beautiful weather. The last place most people want to be on a pleasant summer evening is indoors, packing their belongings for an upcoming move. Start by creating a schedule that includes time for both packing and participating in summer activities. Balancing moving responsibilities with enjoyable summer events will allow you to still enjoy the season. If you have children, try to involve them in activities in both the old and new locations, particularly if you’re moving mid-summer.
For long-distance moves, try to time the move so you can have some fun along the way. Once the professional movers have packed your old home and are en route to your new home with your belongings, take the opportunity to explore, assuming the delivery schedule permits it. You might have time for a full vacation or just a few side trips, but either way, you’ll enjoy a welcome break before diving into unpacking and settling into your new home and community.
Plan Ahead & Develop a Backup Plan
Summer is the busiest time of year for moving, especially for long-distance relocations. Don’t procrastinate in contacting a professional moving company. The earlier you book, the more likely you’ll secure your preferred dates. Keep in mind that a last-minute change on your end, like a new closing date for your new home, could lead to significant delays, as the moving company may need to rearrange their entire schedule to accommodate your new timeline. This could result in you having to wait for an available truck and driver.
It’s wise to have a contingency plan in place. Peak season moves mean trucks are often fully booked, and although moving companies do everything they can to meet scheduled dates, delays can happen. Make sure to keep essentials like medications and chargers with you rather than packing them on the moving truck. It’s also a good idea to have extra clothes on hand and be prepared to visit a dollar store for inexpensive plates and utensils if necessary.
Managing the Heat
Summer moves are bound to be hot. Ensure the items you’ll be sending on the moving truck can withstand the heat for the duration of the journey from your old home to your new one. Avoid packing items that could melt, like candles or vinyl records, and instead, transport them in your air-conditioned vehicle. Additionally, avoid sending damp items on the moving truck, as they can develop mold and become a health hazard.
Lastly, take care of yourself and your family during a summer move. Stay hydrated by taking frequent water breaks and applying sunscreen or staying in the shade as much as possible. The last thing you want is a trip to the emergency room due to heat exhaustion while moving your belongings under the blazing sun.
Don’t fret – even though a summer move can be challenging; you’ll eventually unpack and settle into your new home. Take the time to enjoy summer activities and explore your new neighborhood, and soon enough, autumn will arrive.
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