Should you move during the summer or winter? A lot of that depends on where you are moving from and where you are moving to. Generally speaking, moving during the summer has a lot of advantages, which is why it’s the most popular time of year for people to move. Now, if you’re moving for a job and can’t wait until the perfect time of year, then that’s one thing. But, if you’re able to choose when to move, then there are a lot of reasons that moving during the summer makes a lot of sense. We’re here to provide you with some summer moving tips that will help to make the moving process as easy as possible for you. We understand that moving causes major upheaval in your life, hopefully, the tips we offer will be able to help things go a little more smoothly.
Why is summer a better season to move for most people? Well, the weather’s a good place to start. While it can get very hot in some parts of the country, that still beats moving when there are ice and snow on the ground. If you’re really concerned about the heat, there are steps you can take to lessen the toll that it will take on you and the people helping you to move. First of all, don’t move during the middle of the day if it’s going to be hot outside. Plan your move to start early in the morning, take a break when temperatures reach their peak, then get back to work as it cools down during the evening. Will this approach take longer? Probably, but it will also keep you and your assistants from suffering through oppressive heat. If you’re wondering how hot does it get inside a moving truck, you shouldn’t have to worry about it since most moving trucks are air-conditioned. Now, before you start moving, take a few minutes to read through these summer moving tips, so you can get through the process as quickly as possible.
- Rent an apartment for a month or two while you search for more permanent accommodations. This tip is especially helpful when you’re moving to a new city that you’re not familiar with. Before settling on where you’re going to live, take some time to get to know the area. You want to find a neighborhood that’s suited to your needs. For example, if you have kids, then choosing a neighborhood in a good school district should be a priority. You should also think about your commute time, if you can get a home near your work, then you could save a lot of time on your daily commute.
- Since you’re planning on renting an apartment for a month or two while you look for a permanent home, don’t throw your money away by renting an apartment that’s going to cost you a lot of money. This isn’t going to be your home, it’s just a place to sleep while you get your life in order, and find a permanent place to live. So, you don’t need to worry about anything other than renting the smallest, least expensive apartment that you can get by in for a month or two. It may not be comfortable, but it’s a minor inconvenience that will save you money. Remember, this is just temporary, so if that means that your kids have to share a room for a few months, then they’ll just have to learn to get along. Who knows, maybe the experience of living in such close proximity will help your family to grow closer to one another?
- One concern you probably have if you plan to rent an apartment for a month or two that’s smaller than your current home is what to do with all of your stuff. The solution here is easy, rent a storage unit. CA Storage has a large selection of climate-controlled storage units that are perfect for keeping your things in. When you plan to live in a small apartment for a few months at most, does it make sense to unpack everything, cram it in there, then pack it back up again when you move into a permanent home? Our climate-controlled storage units are inexpensive, and since they are climate-controlled, you don’t have to worry about any of your more fragile belongings being damaged by the summer heat.
- Make sure that if you rent an apartment for a month or two that you call ahead and have the utilities turned on in advance. This will save you the trouble of having to do this after you move, plus who wants to move into a place that has no running water or power?
- When moving in the summer you need to be careful with certain items that you put into a moving truck. The cab of a moving truck will be air-conditioned, which should keep you comfortable. But, the storage area of the truck won’t be, and that means that temperatures can climb into the triple digits pretty quickly. That means that any of your belongings that are sensitive to heat, such as electronics, should be packed in a truck last, and they should be the first things taken out and brought into the air conditioning once you get to your new place.
- Start packing well in advance of your moving date. Moving is stressful enough without having to rush, and that’s exactly what you’ll have to do if you don’t plan ahead of time and pack before you move. Start by packing things that you know you need, but you don’t need right now. For example, if you’re moving in the summer, then start by packing up your winter clothes and holiday decorations. The more you pack before your move date, the easier that the moving process will for you.
- Make sure that you stay hydrated. Even if you do most of the work in the morning and evening, summertime temperatures will still be taxing and cause excessive preparation. Heat exhaustion and even heat stroke are both possibilities when you are doing a physical job in the heat. There are a few ways to combat this, chief amongst them is to stay hydrated. Water is good, but sports drinks that have sugars and electrolytes are better. Also, wear comfortable clothing, and avoid moving during the hottest part of the day.
- Make sure that you change your address with any companies that you do business with. This isn’t so much a summer moving tip as it is a general moving tip. You should usually inform any creditors or other companies you have a relationship with that you are moving about a month in advance. This will ease your transition to a new place so you won’t have to worry about your mail not showing up. You might also want to consider using a P.O. box for the time being if you plan to rent an apartment for a month or two while you look for the right permanent home for you and your family.
- Consider hiring a moving company. Moving is hard work, and during the warm summer months, it’s even harder. If your budget allows for it, maybe you should consider hiring professionals to handle the moving process for you. Think about it, if you don’t have to lift heavy boxes and furniture, why would you want to? Is hiring movers a significant expense? It is, but considering the amount of hard work that it will save you, it’s an expense that worth paying if you can afford it.
- If your schedule allows it, try moving during the week. Moving on weekends is what most people do because it’s the most convenient part of the week for them to move. The problem with moving on the weekend is that everyone else is going to be doing it, so you can expect to pay more to rent a moving truck, or to hire movers. If you are between jobs, or have some personal time off that you can take from work, then moving in the middle of the week can end up saving you money.
Hopefully, the summer moving tips mentioned above will be helpful for you if you’re planning to move in the near future. Moving can be stressful, but if you prepare ahead of time, and are smart about how you plan your move, it should go smoothly. It also helps to focus on all of the things that you’ll be gaining by moving to a new area. You’ll get to meet new people, experience a different climate, and maybe even get exposed to a new culture. On a professional level, you’ll be starting to work in a new position, or for a new company, which should open up a lot of doors for future professional growth. While it can be scary moving to a new city, when you focus on the positive things that you’ll be gaining, it should help you and your family to remain positive about the experience.