The busy, and often expensive summer season is slowly coming to an end.
You can feel it in the air, fall is on its way.
While fall means going back to school for some, or football season for others, it’s also a good time to relocate.
Think about the cost of rent as temperatures fluctuate. The higher the temperature, the higher the rents. The lower the temperature, the lower the rent. With that said, summer is the busiest season to move.
Meanwhile, fall is one of the best seasons to make your move. Fall allows you to lift boxes and organize your belongings without the sweltering heat or snowy conditions. It sort of compromises the two extremes.
Moving in fall also means you'll also be settled in before the holiday seasons roll around.
If you have never moved during the fall, we’ve got some things for you to consider.
Generally speaking, fall is more accommodating.
With the rush of people moving in the spring and summer, you’ll have access to more moving trucks. Plus, the gas prices are typically lower.
Rather than being forced to move when trucks are available, you’ll be able to shop around and possibly negotiate on moving estimates and bids.
Keep in mind that a lot of people move at the end of the month. So, try to avoid this time and you should have no trouble acquiring moving resources.
Cover the Floors
A lot may follow you in and out as you pack and unpack boxes.
You’re likely to track in leaves, dirt, sand, and mud. To keep your floors clean and protect them from getting damaged a good idea is to cover them with a plastic tarp or cardboard.
Lay material down before anyone begins unloading your items.
Not everything needs to go to the new place.
Some clothing items, furniture, toys, and other seasonal items might not be worth the trip. Instead of packing and moving these items, only to discard them later, take some time to declutter and either ditch or donate.
Consider the season we’re entering.
With colder weather approaching, you’re going to want easy access to sweaters, blankets, crock pots, rain gear, etc. Packing seasonal items together can make these things easier to find later on.
With the season comes changing of leaves.
Although leaves are beautiful, they can become a hazard as you're moving around quickly.
Before moving anything heavy, clear a pathway. The walkways can be full of leaves and your footing might not be as stable as usual. Keep a rake or broom handy.
With fall, comes shorter days.
When planning your move, keep in mind your amount of sunlight. In November, we lose even more sunlight with daylight saving time – which begins to get dark as early as 5pm.
Move into your new apartment, comfortably.
With colder temperatures being a daily occurrence now, it’s best to set up your utilities in advance. It’d be extremely stressful to arrive at your new place and freeze the whole night because the heater isn’t turned on. Or, live by candlelight because the electricity isn’t yet set up.
Ask what is required from you to setup or transfer your accounts, so that you arrive to a bright, warm environment on day one.
With fall, you don’t know what you’re going to get.
One day it might be 67 degrees, sunny and feel warm and another day it will be 67 degrees, windy and cold. Therefore, it’s important to prepare for the worst.
Preparing for the worst includes rain. There’s no avoiding it. When taking your things outside into the rain, be sure you have an ample supply of umbrellas and other plastic covering to keep furniture and boxes dry. Wet boxes can break or mold – only making the situation worse.
So, if you’re planning to move in the fall, or if it’s unexpected, you’re in luck: fall is an awesome time to move. You'll generally save money and enjoy nice weather on the big day. We’ll see you soon!