The peak moving season lies between the months of April and September when an estimated 32 million Americans move every year. Of those months, June, July, and August tend to be the busiest of all for moving companies across the nation.
Summer, therefore, ranks top among the seasons for Americans to move whether it is across town or across the country. The reasons are varied but mostly center around the fact that children are out of school at that time, making for a good time to make a move. Additionally, many businesses have a lighter than usual workload during the summer months, making it easier for parents to take time off to schedule, plan, and execute a move.
Unfortunately, summer also comes with some challenges, the first of which is the potential for soaring temperatures and high humidity, depending upon your location. In addition to the heat is the fact that summer is a moving company’s busiest season, which means you will want to book well in advance if you can.
Here are a few tips for your moving plan if a summer move is in your sights.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Moving is physically and mentally exhausting. Even if you are not the one lifting the boxes or making multiple trips to the moving van, make sure to be aware of your water intake. It’s also a good idea to have a cooler of bottled water for your movers as a way of keeping them hydrated if the temps soar and the humidity climbs. They will greatly appreciate it!
Reserve Your Moving Company Early
If you know several months in advance of your moving date, house closing, or job relocation plan as far ahead as you can. Book your moving company and schedule a time when you can have a manager walk through your home to give you an estimate of the cost and time that will be needed.
Plan Your Packing
If you are not planning on having your moving company assist you with packing, you will need to organize your time and plan accordingly to get everything packed in time. Since summer can be brutally hot, get lots of packing done in the early morning hours or late evening hours when it is cooler.
Arrange for Child & Pet Care
Moving can be stressful no matter what the weather or temperature. It can be downright torturous if the heat and humidity are high.
Plan for a playdate for your child where they can stay out of the heat and chaos of a move. The same goes for your pets who may be very unsettled with visitors to the house and the movement of furniture.
Consider Items that May Suffer Heat Damage
Items like medications, candles, electronics, artwork, records/CDs, and other items can be damaged when exposed to high heat. Be sure to inform your movers of any items you are concerned about. Mastodon Moving has temperature-controlled storage facilities that can be used to keep items out of the high heat during a move.
Are you ready for a summer move? Check out our ultimate checklist for your move and get planning!