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9 Tips for Moving in the Summer

Lockaway Storage | June 20, 2024 @ 12:00 AM

Moving during the summer can be both a blessing and a challenge. The weather is generally cooperative, kids are out of school, and the days are longer. But because of these factors, summer can be a popular moving choice – so you’ll face greater demand for moving services, as well as increased prices. And don’t forget about the heat! Here are ten essential tips to ensure your summer move goes smoothly.

1. Plan and Book Early

Summer is peak moving season, so it's crucial to book your moving company or rental truck well in advance. Aim to schedule your move at least a month ahead to secure the best rates and availability.

2. Stay Organized

One of the most common packing mistakes is letting the stress of moving get to you instead of organizing. You can avoid this by creating a moving checklist and timeline to keep track of tasks and deadlines. Make sure to include tasks like changing your address, transferring utilities, and updating important documents.

3. Hire Professionals

If your budget allows, consider hiring professional movers. They have the experience and equipment to handle the heat and ensure your belongings are transported safely. Plus, it saves you a lot of physical effort and stress.

4. Beat the Heat

Schedule your move for early in the morning or late in the evening to avoid the midday heat. This will make the process more comfortable for everyone involved. No matter what time of day you’re moving, though, take the heat seriously – moving is physically demanding, especially in the summer. Make sure that everyone has plenty of water. Don’t try to do everything in one go: rest and rehydrate at regular intervals.

Depending on where you live, you may also have to deal with summer storms or other heavy weather. Check the forecast ahead of time and prepare accordingly.

5. Protect Your Belongings

High temperatures can damage certain items. Be mindful of heat-sensitive belongings like electronics, candles, and perishables. Transport these items in a climate-controlled environment if possible. If the conditions at your new place make you concerned about damage from heat and humidity, consider renting a climate-controlled storage unit for storing your more fragile items.

6. Dress Appropriately

Wear lightweight, breathable clothing and sturdy shoes. Avoid synthetic fabrics that can trap heat, and choose clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty or sweat-stained. Don't forget sunscreen! Set timers on when to reapply sunscreen so you’re always covered.

7. Pack Smart

Use smaller boxes for heavier items to prevent injuries and make lifting easier. Label your boxes clearly so you know where they’ll go. Also, consider packing an essentials box with items you'll need immediately upon arrival – toiletries, snacks, clothes, etc.

8. Take Care of Your Pets

Moving can be stressful for pets, especially in the summer heat. Keep them in a cool, safe place during the move, and make sure they have plenty of water. Consider boarding them for the day or arranging for a friend to look after them.

9. Prepare Your New Home

Before moving in, get your new home ready for the summer heat. Check the air conditioning, fans, and windows. Clean and prepare any outdoor spaces for immediate use.

Final Thoughts

Moving in the summer requires extra planning and preparation, but with these tips, you can make the process more manageable. Stay cool, stay hydrated, and look forward to enjoying your new home!

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