Summer is finally here!
Do you know what that means? It means that the moving season has officially started.
Therefore, do not be surprised if you see a lot of moving trucks passing by. This is a time when most people plan their move as they and their children are probably on vacation and all those rainy and snowy days are far gone.
However, you should not get your hopes up just yet. Moving in summer during the peak season is not as easy as you might imagine. Some people actually claim that moving during the summer is far more complicated than moving during the winter. You still have to do all the planning and preparation as well as figure out a way to deal with all that sun.
Do not worry, though, because that is why we are here. You can follow these 6 important tips when moving in summer and have a breezy move.
1. Hire Movers Ahead of Time
The first thing you must do when planning a relocation is to decide whether you will have a DIY kind of a move or hire professionals to get the job done. The first option will, of course, save you some money. But, the second one will save you a lot of time, energy and nerves. Thus, if your budget allows it, hire a moving company.
However, you must do this ahead of time. Why? Because for movers, this is the busiest time of the year. They will either be over-booked or will be able to offer you some services which will definitely break your budget.
So, be smart. If you plan on moving in summer and it is approaching, book your movers on time and let them help you avoid those common moving mistakes! You will save money and get the best possible services your move requires.
2. Start With Moving Preparations Early
After you have found your movers, consider giving them a call and making a rough plan of your moving day. For example, ask them whether there are some items that can’t be moved. Or, ask them about the exact time they will come to your home and when, approximately, everything will be finished.
Organize your activities accordingly - plan a move and put it on paper. This will help you stay organized and, as previously mentioned, it will help you stay sane. If possible, try to involve your household members in these moving preparations as well. The more everybody participates, the easier the move will be.
3. Prepare Your Bottled Water
When moving in summer the most important thing is to stay hydrated!
This is especially true for when you are carrying all those boxes up and down the stairs, and when your air conditioner must be turned off because the doors are constantly open. Trust us, you will be sweating a lot. Unfortunately, when it comes to that, there is nothing you can do.
However, you can ease the process of moving into your new apartment or house by preparing a lot of bottled water. Buy enough so that it can last you the entire moving day and the day after. Moreover, buy enough for your entire family, movers, and everybody who will be helping you move. This will save you a lot of time as you will not have to keep running to the store to buy water a couple of times a day.
4. Be Careful When Packing
If you want to save money and time, consider packing your household knick-knacks and those personal items by yourself. For these, you will only need those basic packing materials like cardboard boxes, plastic wraps and packing paper. Do this a couple of days before your movers come to help you with the rest of your belongings. With all those bulky and heavy pieces of furniture, that is.
Be careful when packing, though! Some items cannot handle the heat at all (electronics, for example). Do research on this before you load your moving truck. If you think that some of your household items might 'melt', leave them for the end of packing, and unload them first.
Moreover, if you plan on keeping your items in a storage unit for some time during these summer months, make sure that the storage has the right features. Most importantly, it must be climate-controlled.
5. Wear the Right Clothes
Well, this 'rule' is rather straightforward, but it will not hurt to mention. Especially because people still make this mistake! Namely, when doing some kind of physical work during summer months, in this case - when moving, you need to wear lightweight and breathable fabrics. If they are loose-fitting, even better!
Stay away from synthetic fabrics as they will force your body to sweat more. And, if possible, wear whites or some other light, neutral colors! Avoid darks as they 'attract' more sunlight.
However, moving in summer does not mean that you should enter the 'summer state of mind' and wear flip-flops, dresses, or something similar. Besides all the things mentioned above, make sure that you are wearing non-slippery shoes and light clothes that cover most of your body. That is the best way to prevent moving injuries during the summer move.
6. Apply the Sunscreen
Before you go outside, before you do anything moving-related during those summer months, do not forget to apply the sunscreen.
Apply it to all parts of your body that are not covered - legs, arms, face, neck, ears, shoulders, etc. Choose sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to be safe. Moreover, make sure that sunscreen is waterproof too as you will be sweating a lot.