According to the US Census, more people move during the summer than any other time of the year. More than 13% of moves occur in June and February is the least popular time to move, with only 5.2% of moves. If you're planning to move this summer, it's time to start planning. We've compiled a list of summer moving tips to help make your move as simple as possible.
1. Book moving services as soon as possible. Since summer is the prime time for moves, make sure you book your professional movers or your moving truck as soon as you have firm moving dates. Weekends and the end of the month are going to be the busiest moving times of any month.
2. Have a garage sale now. If you're going to be downsizing or just want to purge some of the clutter you've been collecting, consider having a yard sale before the weather gets too warm. Plan a neighborhood sale or invite friends and family to brings their things for an even bigger sale.
3. Be aware of the danger of heat for your items. Pay special attention to your things that might be damaged by the heat like wine, electronics, CDs and DVDs, stamp collections, comic books, art and coin collections. Depending on the length of the move, you may want to move these items in your air conditioned vehicle rather than the moving truck.
4. Make sure utilities are on and functioning in your new home. It could be a very unpleasant surprise to arrive at your new home to find that the AC isn't working. Your Realtor should be able to provide you with the appropriate utility companies for your new neighborhood. Call before closing to make sure everything is transferred to your name without at pauses in service.
5. Keep hydrated on moving day. If you're packing up your fridge, it should be unplugged or defrosted prior to loading. In this case, keep a cooler out and filled with water and sports drinks. If you'll be making multiple trips between the homes, keep drinks at each house. Heat stroke is a real threat; do everything you can to prevent it.
6. Don't move heat sensitive items in the moving truck. Candles, aerosols, combustible or flammable items can melt, explode or catch fire in a hot moving truck. If you can't move these things in an air conditioned vehicle, consider donating them or throwing them out.
7. Plan for your pets. It's easy to forget about Fido in the back yard on moving moving day. If doggy day care isn't an option, make sure any pets in the yard have a shady spot to relax and plenty of water.