Summer months are the most popular time for moves — the kids are out of school and people have more time on their hands. But rising temperatures also pose a few other challenges for movers.
Whether you’re getting ready to move across the country or just down the block, don’t underestimate how much time and energy it will take.
Make Your Summer Move Less Stressful
Do: Make things easy on yourself when you can.
Moving requires a lot on your part. In addition to working and raising your family, you now have to attend open houses, manage your finances, and coordinate so much more. And while it can be easy to assume that you can do everything on your own, many people quickly find themselves overwhelmed by all that needs to get done.
And while some things absolutely have to be handled by yourself, not everything has to be your job. Packing your home is a major aspect of moving. With a little help from trusted movers, you can be all packed up and ready to move in hours, rather than days (or weeks).
Plan on contacting your movers as much as 60 days in advance of your expected move date. Don't wait until the last minute or you may find yourself locked out of the mover’s schedule.
Summertime is usually considered "peak moving season" when schedules for professional movers fill up quickly. This is why it's essential to contact your preferred moving company as soon as possible, especially if you’re moving out of state.
Don’t: Pack up everything.
When faced with such a big task, like packing up your entire home, it’s tempting to want to throw everything you see into a box. But, surprisingly, there are a few things you don’t want to pack right away.
On your first night in the new home, you’re going to need a few things, and you don’t want them sitting buried among a pile of boxes. Things like toiletries, bedding, and pajamas should be packed in an “overnight bag” which will be kept separate from your moving container. You should also keep important documents handy.
Do: Prepare your children for the move.
With so much to do, it can be easy for parents to forget that moving is also a big deal for their children. Moving is stressful, no matter your age, so prepare your kids by:
- Talking to them about what’s happening. Children are very perceptive. While it may be tempting to keep aspects of your move a “secret,” it’s important to prepare your kids for such a big change. From showing them pictures of the new house to asking them about their feelings, you should talk to them early about what’s going on.
- Let them feel in control. A last-minute move can be surprising for kids, so give them back a sense of control by letting them help with the packing and planning. And tell them that once you all get to the new house, they can help with some of the planning.
- Spend time together. Game or movie nights are a great way to remind your little one that no matter what, you will all be together as a family. And when you associate the moving process with something fun, it can make it easier for them to transition homes.
Don’t: Expect to get everything done in one day.
Depending on the size and distance of your move, the movers may need more than one day to properly handle packing, protecting, loading, transporting, and delivering your household goods. When you talk with one of our move consultants they will give you a good expectation of how many days your move should take to accomplish.
Do: Factor in how temperature and humidity could affect your items.
If you’ve lived here for a few years, you know that summers in New York and Connecticut can be tough. If you have valuables, paintings, or other items that could be affected by the heat or humidity, ask your moving coordinator about our specialty packing, storage, and transportation services.
Are you ready to make your next move the easiest one yet? Reach out to our team today at (866) 719-4209 to schedule a service! We lead the nation in quality scores for customer service. Plan your next move with us and discover why.