The weeks between Memorial Day in May and Labor Day weekend in September are the peak moving weeks of the year. According to experts at MovingLabor, between 60-80% of people in America move during those four months. Nearly 40 million people will move during the months of June, July, August, and September. If you are one of the millions who are boxing up your belongings to relocate, we have a few summer moving tips that could save you some time, money, and reduce your stress level dramatically.
Why Move In the Summer?
There are a number of reasons why a summer move is necessary and convenient for many Americans. One of the main factors why this time is such a popular window is the fact that most school children are off during the summer months. It makes for a good time to switch schools and get readjusted to a new town and home before the next school year begins.
Along with school children being free, work schedules for the adult members of the family tend to get a little more relaxed during the summer months. Due to this, homeowners find it a great time to take a vacation in order to get settled in their new homes.
Add to these reasons the fact that the summer days are longer in terms of daylight and usually have better weather, summer becomes the obvious choice for many families.
A Few Tips for Peak Moving Months
The ultimate goal for any family when it comes time to plan a move is to make it go as smoothly as possible. This is in terms of getting furniture and other possessions into the new home on the date desired, as well as helping your family adjust to the changes that inevitably come with the upheaval.
There are some logistical things you and your family can do to make moving during the often hot and humid summer months a breeze.
- Plan ahead and schedule your movers as soon as you can. Since it is the peak season, there is often competition for dates especially at the beginning and end of the month.
- Schedule your move for the first thing in the morning when the heat of the day has not yet set in.
- Set the stage for efficiency by having all boxes packed (if you’re doing it yourself) and labelled. Don’t be still packing when your movers arrive.
- Allow for air flow by opening windows, setting up fans, or turn on your AC to a comfortable level to keep everyone cool.
- Keep cold waters on hand for your family and movers if you can.
- Inform your movers if there are items that need to remain in a cool dry place so they can plan accordingly.
- Dress in light clothing and have an extra set ready for when you arrive at the new location.
- Plan for your children to go to a friend’s house during the peak moving hours to keep them from getting in the way.
- Apply sunscreen as you would be surprised at how much outdoor time is spent when loading a truck or taking care of last minute items.
- Put your perishables in a cooler and move them in first when possible.
- Pick a day of the week that is the least busy. Avoid holiday weekends if at all possible.
Are you planning a summer move? Talk to our team for an efficient and professional move that will start your summer off right.