Between May and September, moving companies enjoy their peak season. It is the most popular time to move by far, whether your move is local or long-distance. As such, you’ll want to plan accordingly. Here are a few summer moving tips to keep in mind as you plan your transition to your new home.
Schedule as Many Estimates as You Can
This is a valuable piece of moving advice for any time during the year. Moving costs will likely be driven up by higher demand during the summer, so it is even more incumbent upon you as the consumer to schedule many quotes. Setting a moving checklist and hard schedule can help you to get things in order before the big day. You’ll want to begin organizing your home and researching moving companies near you around eight weeks ahead of your move. Scheduling multiple estimates and seeing different pricing figures will help you to get a better deal.
Book Well in Advance
The summer is the last time of year where you want to try booking at the last minute. Professional movers’ schedules fill up quickly during the busy season, so you need to plan accordingly. If possible, try to set a hard date at least a month ahead of your ideal move date.
Make Arrangements for Your Children and Pets
Summer means that school is out. If you have younger children, you should arrange for them to be out of the way when your movers arrive. If your home is large enough and your children are toddlers or younger, this could mean isolating them in a room with air conditioning. If they’re older than that, then having a family member or friend watch them for the day could be a huge help to everyone involved.
If you have any pets with thicker coats of fur, then you should be cognizant of the fact that they are even more prone to overheating. Make sure they stay cool and calm on your move date.
Try for an Early Morning Start Time
A great way to beat the summer heat when moving during the warmer months is to choose an early start time. One of the biggest mistakes many move clients make is deferring to the later morning or early afternoon to begin moving. This guarantees a lost day on small moves and a late night on larger ones.
The most common reason for pushing things back is the idea that the morning of a move is the best time for some last-minute packing. This is almost never the case. Clients routinely underestimate just how long it takes to pack each moving box properly, which leaves far more work than is advisable on moving day. Again, you should begin the packing and moving process around two months ahead of relocating.
Plan for High Temperatures
Plan for your own safety, and for that of your movers. This will mean keeping sunscreen on hand and giving your movers constant access to water. Frozen ice packs and towels submerged in cold water are great for warding off heat as well. As experienced laborers, movers will usually come prepared to work in hot conditions. Your preparedness will act as an insurance measure. Heatstroke, heat exhaustion, and dehydration are even more of a factor for your movers than they are for you on hot days.
If you should offer to buy lunch or dinner for your movers, then you should select a restaurant with lighter options on the menu. This is especially true if you’re getting takeout before the end of the workday. Eating a heavier meal before physical activity of any kind is bad enough, and heat makes the effects of it worse. Of course, this is totally optional, similar to tipping.
Take Heat Sensitive Items on Your Own
Electronics are likely some of the more expensive items you own. Laptops, game systems, and other valuable tech gadgets should be packed into your personal vehicle when possible.
Though unrelated to heat, you should also keep any sensitive documents on your person at all times. Bank statements, social security cards, birth certificates, and any papers pertaining to your new home are to be kept close by during a move.
Turn Your New Home’s Utilities On in Advance
Obviously, electricity and water are always important, but they are even more so during a hot summer move. This is a subset of tasks that should be handled ahead of time no matter when you move.
Of special importance is the air conditioning in your new home. During your move, your doors will likely be open. Running the air conditioning at a lower or moderate level can help the air circulate, which will make a world of difference.
Summer Moving FAQ
Is booking during the summer difficult for DIY moves as well?
Professional movers aren’t the only ones whose schedules fill up in the summertime. Moving containers and moving truck rentals are best done in advance as well. Since containers are often kept by clients for longer than rented trucks, you should book even further in advance if you plan on using one.
Is a weekday move easier than a weekend move during the summer?
As a rule, weekdays are easier to book than weekends for your moving date. Most people try to avoid spending vacation days on something as labor-intensive as a move. The same can be said for the summer holidays; Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day tend to have a fair amount of moves booked around them.
What items won't travel well in a hot moving truck?
Primarily, your movers will not move anything flammable, toxic, or corrosive. Perishable foods, plants, and fertilizers are also on the ban list for most companies, as this list from Allied Van Lines demonstrates. Aside from that, any leather items you have should be prepared with care. Shrinkwrap applied directly to leather can badly damage it in hot weather.
I've heard that moving companies hire seasonal labor to cover their busier schedule. How can I be sure of the workers' reliability?
While many moving companies do engage in this, a quick search into their recent customer reviews will clue you into how good their new workers actually are in practice.