Moving is an exciting yet difficult challenge that most of us will go through several times in our lives. Whether you are packing up an apartment, home, or office building, there are aspects of moving that we look forward to and others that we absolutely dread having to experience.
Moving in the summer has its own unique set of challenges. With an average of 32 million people moving every year and 90 percent of this moving taking place over the summer, you may find yourself hard pressed to find the help that you need and desire when you need it. The good news is, if you plan and prepare for your move well in advance, you’ll stay safe, cool, and happy on moving day. Follow these simple tips for an efficient and comfortable move on your big day, and enjoy the new space you’ll be creating as your office or home:
- Make your reservation for movers in advance
If possible, hire movers or a truck at least a month prior to your moving day. This may involve putting down a deposit, scheduling help, and making arrangements with a moving company to hire help to get the heavy lifting done. Summer moving season is in peak swing, and you want to make sure you’re not left doing all the work yourself because you failed to plan ahead.
- Try to avoid the weekend
We know that friends and family may be more available on the weekend, but the reality is that moving companies and movers will not be as available. While you may pay a bit more for professional moving services, your move will be cleaner, safer, and more efficient if the majority of it is done by professionals. Also consider the fact that weekend moving rates may be higher, as this tends to be a time that many people contract their services.
- Make a plan for the kids
Change can be exciting, but it can also be stressful, especially if you are a child. Moving to a new neighborhood, home and school can make your child nervous; prepare your children in advance of moving day and let them know what to expect. Have a conversation about how much they want to be involved, and make plans for resting, snacks, and entertainment for them if the day goes long. If your children are young, you may want to make arrangements for them to be watched by a friend or family member so you can attend to moving details without having to worry about their safety and comfort. Focus on the positive changes that your family will experience, and the new journey that you will all be on together as you move to your new home.
- Pack properly
Whether your move is across town or across the country, you’ll want to make sure that your valuables are safe and protected, and that everything arrives at your new destination in one piece. Use quality packing materials such as sturdy boxes, extra padding between breakable items, and blankets and sheets over vulnerable pieces of furniture to prevent chipping and scratching. If your moving budget allows, you might consider employing your movers to pack your valuables as well; they are knowledgable about and efficient with the process, and this will give you more peace of mind that your moving details are being handled properly.
- Plan for the summer heat
You may luck out and get a moving day that is 75 and breezy, or it can be 98 degrees and oppressively humid. Plan for the latter as you approach moving day with the following strategies to help everyone stay safe and healthy:
- Plan an early morning or late evening move to avoid heat
- Wear sunscreen and sun-protective clothing
- Hydrate yourself and others on your team well
- Take frequent breaks if you are getting too hot or faint
- Avoid coffee and alcohol, which can dehydrate you and cause electrolyte depletion
- Offer healthy snacks that keep up everyone’s energy
- be on the lookout for signs of heat exhaustion and seek medical treatment immediately if any member of your crew is experiencing these symptoms
Looking forward to a new adventure
A move to a new location and a new home is exciting! Approach the task with determination, resolve, and excitement around the new life that you will be creating, and your infectious enthusiasm will rally the support and teamwork of others around you. Best of luck to you on your new adventure!