Because it is such a popular choice, however, scheduling a summer move can be a little more challenging. Your mover will try to accommodate your preferred dates, but be prepared to be flexible. The busiest times are Memorial Day and July 4th, but any time from the beginning of May through the end of September is peak season.
We have some suggestions to make your summer move easier:
- Contact your mover as early as possible, and at least eight weeks before you need to relocate.
- If you can, book your move during the least busy days of the month, i.e., midweek and mid-month.
- Heat-sensitive items such as medicines, photographs, videos, certain foods, candles, cosmetics and sunscreens need special attention. Pack them separately and transport these items in your own vehicle. If possible, keep them in coolers, and unpack them as soon as your reach your destination.
- Certain furniture items (especially leather, which needs to breathe) may develop mold if they are shrink-wrapped and then exposed to prolonged heat. Talk to your movers about how to avoid mold issues, especially if your belongings will remain in the truck for more than a few days.
- Keep your important documents and medications near you throughout your move, as well as your telephone and other media chargers. On moving day, if they are in a box, label them clearly, with clearly visible instructions to not load them into the truck.
- Ensure that the utilities are already set up in your new home so that move-in day isn’t compromised by excessive heat and humidity, or lack of lighting.
- Keep in mind that summer heat and humidity is an additional stress for your movers. Keep lots of liquids on hand at both ends of the move and be sure that you—and your moving crew—take appropriate breaks during hot spells.
- The sheer volume of moving activity during the summer may delay the arrival of workers at your new abode. You may have to do without your wardrobe or your favorite items for a few days, so pack an “essentials” bag for each of your family members.
- Remember that certain items should not go into a moving truck in the hot months of the summer.
- Remember to keep well hydrated throughout your move.
- Try to do most of the heavy work in the early part of the day to minimize heat exhaustion.
- Consider hiring professional extra hands to help with the heavy lifting.
- Plan extra time for your move. Summer means increased traffic, reduced exertion and frequent breaks to hydrate and refresh.
Cliff Anderson, Owner – Mighty Movers, LLC
Cliff possesses over 20 years of moving and relocation experience and started Mighty Movers with the primary mission of helping local homeowners and businesses have a hassle free moving experience. When he is not working Cliff is likely shuttling his four kids to activities and spending time with his wife Hannah.
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