Summer is prime time for moving to a new home. Generally, you can count on dry weather, and moving during the summer months means your kids don’t have to switch schools in the middle of the school year. One downside to moving during the summer is that it can get really hot. Additionally, it may be more difficult to book your movers. Therefore, you may want to follow these tips to make the process easier.
Care for Your Kids and Pets
When it’s hot outside, you need to pay extra attention to what your kids and pets are doing. Your children may have to spend time outside to stay out of the way of the movers. On a mild day, that’s not a problem, but if you’re approaching triple digits, that’s a concern. Make sure that your kids are dressed appropriately in light fabric. They can wear a hat to protect their heads and eyes from the sun.
If your yard doesn’t have any shade, you should let your kids play in one of the empty rooms in your house instead. But even in the shade, they’ll need to stay hydrated and wear sunscreen to protect them from the heat.
Your pets also need supervision during a move. It may be necessary put your dogs or cats in a crate to prevent them from sneaking out as the movers go in and out of your home. You should check on them regularly and offer them a chance to relieve themselves. You should always keep your pets in a cool place and make sure they have food and water, too. This is important when you’re traveling from one house to the other and while you’re packing, loading, unloading, and unpacking.
Pick a Less Busy Day to Move
Moving during the summer makes sense, which is why you’ll find that you’re not the only one doing it. If you want a better chance of getting the ideal moving crew to move your belongings, you’re advised to pick a less busy day to move. Most people pick a weekend day or even a holiday weekend, such as Memorial Day. That’s when they’re already off work and not inconveniencing their employer.
It may not be ideal for your schedule, but if you move on a Tuesday or Wednesday instead, it will be easier to get a moving company in the middle of summer. On a positive note, the staff at the utility company will be available, just in case you have any issues when you’re moving in. Lastly, it may be faster to order delivery for a celebratory dinner at your new house.
Protect Heat-Sensitive Items
The summer heat is nice when you’re relaxing at the beach or pool. However, if you’re in the process of moving your belongings, the sun can actually damage some of your things. For example, if you like candles, you may find that they’ll melt in the heat of the move. Other items can also be sensitive to heat, such as CDs, videos, and electronics.
If you plan to put any of your things in long-term storage, you must be even more sensitive to potential heat damage – unless your storage is climate-controlled. To protect your belongings from heat damage, you can put any sensitive items in specially labeled boxes. These can be put on the truck last and unpacked first to limit their exposure to heat.
Keep Utilities Running
This is the time of year when you’ll really appreciate running water and a working air conditioning unit. It’s a good idea to keep your utilities running at your old place while also getting them started at the new place. You don’t have to turn the A/C to the coldest setting, but it helps if your new home is cool when you arrive. You’ll also appreciate the ability to take a refreshing shower whenever you need, without having to trek back to the old house.
Book Your Movers Early
The most important thing you can do to guarantee a successful move is to plan ahead. Booking your moving company early is essential when you’re planning a summer move. The weekends are usually booked up first, but it never hurts to ask. If you can be flexible and move during the week, you’ll probably have better luck on short notice. Otherwise, the early bird catches the worm. Give Professional Moving & Storage a call today to find out if your preferred moving day is available!