Summer means many things for many people: long days, outdoor concerts, barbecues, and for thousands, buying a new home or signing a lease on a new apartment.
For the most part, the process of moving in the summer is the same as moving in the winter. You need to plan and book in advance, collect boxes, stay organized, and get movers or friends and family to lend you a hand. However, there are some fundamental differences about moving during the summer that you need to be aware of if you want to have a successful move.
These tips will help your summer move go smoothly.
- Prepare. We’ve said it before and you’ve probably heard it a thousand times: moving requires advanced planning. If you’re going to move in the summer, you need to be even more on top of things. This being the busiest season, movers and moving companies are booked weeks ahead of time, so even if you’re not moving for a few months, remember there is no such thing as too early.
- Stay vigilant. Just because you find that the first three moving companies you contact are booked, don’t settle for some random guy’s ad on Craigslist. Be diligent, do your research and ask for references. And remember, just because it’s the busy season doesn’t mean you can’t negotiate a better price.
- Take a break and take care of yourself. After everything is packed up, take a few hours to relax and unwind. There’s still a lot of work ahead, but that doesn’t mean you need to rush into it. Get some ice cream, go to a pool, and drink a margarita or a slushie — you’ve earned it!
- On move-in day: The first thing you need to do is thoroughly clean your new home. You’ll also want to turn on the air conditioner, but once the truck arrives and you start moving things in, the door will be open for an extended period of time, which means you’ll just be sending money out the door. The best practice is to turn on the fans and wait for the AC until you’re about done bringing things inside.
- Involve your kids. What to do with kids — of any age — during the day of the move is a big question. When it comes down to it, there are two main options. One is to arrange for a babysitter or have them go to a friend’s house. In many ways this is an ideal choice, but many people think it’s best to go for the second option, which is to involve them with the move. Since moving can be a difficult transition for kids of any age, having them help out can give them a sense of ownership.
- Get a pet sitter. The last thing you want is for your cat or dog to get loose, which would add another layer of stress to the day. Send them off to a pet daycare or have a friend watch them.
- Despite the challenges, make it fun. There is a chance you’ll be moving in 95-degree heat and facing 95 percent humidity. Don’t let the rising mercury get you down. Prepare by loading a cooler full of ice and filling it with water and refreshments. In addition to cold drinks, plan to order some food for everyone helping with the move. The movers will love you!
- Play Tetris. In the spirit of trying to make the moving process a little more fun, think of packing, unpacking and setting up in your new home as a big puzzle. Each box has its place, and in those boxes are the things that, once this puzzle is finished, will make your home complete!
Moving during the summer is convenient but not without its challenges. So get ready for some sweat and hard work, and hopefully a bit of fun too.