Spring: The season that signifies change, rebirth, and renewal.
The weather is not warm like it is in the summer, but it is warmer than the frostbitten chill of winter. This is the time of year when the air feels the cleanest, crispiest, and breeziest. Perhaps that is why spring is the second most popular moving season, after summer.
If you ask me, spring is a better time to transition into a new life compared to summer. Movers are abundantly available during this time, there is little to no competition for moving supplies, and the moving costs are significantly lower than during summer.
But in case you doubt the feasibility of a spring move, here are 5 tips that will assure you of a stress-free move.
1. Prepare for possible weather fluctuations
Spring’s weather is notoriously unpredictable. So, it would be naïve to assume that the weather will be favorable on your moving day. Spring weather can quickly change from sunny and calm to unbearable torrential rain and strong winds. Your big day will, however, roll out smoothly if you make some preparations beforehand.
• The spring season is filled with blooming, flowers and beautiful plants. Whether you are planning to work on your garden, with or without grow lights, you need to know that pollen from easily collects on fabrics, textiles, and furniture. Make sure all your moving boxes are well sealed and furniture well covered to keep pollen at bay.
• It could also rain unexpectedly, so you will need to cover your items with waterproof covers. A tarpaulin would be a good choice. During the big day, erect a makeshift canopy outside to breach the gap between your old apartment and the moving truck. When unloading your items at your new home, erect a makeshift canopy like the one you made before.
• Wear appropriate clothes and shoes. Don’t dress too warm or too light.
• Schedule to move at least two days earlier than the moving deadline. In case the movers are delayed by unfavorable weather, there still will be a 2-day window to accommodate the delay.
2. Make your plans early
As much as movers and moving supplies are in abundance in spring, booking them well in advance will help you save on moving costs. The real estate market is also busy at this time of the year, so you should be careful not to wait till the last minute to start shopping for a new home.
Making plans also means transferring all your utilities (power, cable, water, phone, and the internet, etc.) to your to-be home and closing the accounts from the old home that you don’t need anymore.
Remember that many people are moving at this time- the phones are jammed most of the time. The earlier you make the call, the faster you will be served and the more the time you will save and don’t forget you need a plan for staging your home as well.
3. Choose the right spring moving company
If you are lucky enough, you can still benefit from the competitive prices of the off-peak winter period when you move in spring. Be sure to hunt down high-rated moving companies that could still be offering their services at off-peak prices.
Note that spring is the transitional period between winter (off-peak moving season) and summertime (peak season). Some moving companies will pressurize you to move immediately after winter because they have been money-starved for a long time, and at the same time they want to get your project out of the queue as soon as possible in readiness for the peak season.
You should not allow their impatience to rush your moving plans.
4. Hold a garage sale
Spring weather is the perfect weather for ridding your life off unwanted items and making extra cash while at it.
Selling your unwanted stuff also reduces your load, which has two major effects: It will lower your moving costs and secondly, it create more space in your new home for new, functional, useful, and better-quality items.
You could, for example, replace your outdated cabinets with the trendier and classier ready-to-assemble cabinets.
Even if you live in an apartment or someplace without a yard or garage, you can still have a garage/yard sale. Trust me.
5. Learn how to manage spring fatigue
If you have led a sedentary lifestyle throughout the winter months, a spring move might take a toll on your energy. You will be doing more physical activities within a week or so than you did for almost 4 months. This extra demand for energy precipitates spring fatigue. How do you manage this fatigue when moving in spring?
• Drink plenty of water in order to boost your metabolism and remain sufficiently hydrated all the time. Hydration will alleviate headaches and other symptoms of fatigue.
• Eat small amounts of nutritious food, most notably fresh vegetables and fruits in order to give your body sufficient vitamin C. Your body also needs vitamin B1 for an optimally-functioning circulatory system.
• Resume your workout routine at least two weeks prior to the move just to get your body fit enough for the upcoming high-energy demands
Some fraudulent movers will quote peak season prices during spring. Watch out for such movers and be extremely careful when considering different offers.
If you have any questions, feel free to let us know. We are here to help!