Summer Move? Here’s How To Keep Your Cool
Summer is peak moving season. However, summer moves can cause a lot of people to sweat. The heat combined with the amount of time and effort that it will take to get your old place cleared out and your new place all set up can make your blood boil. In our 30+ years of moving, we’ve been through many summers and picked up a few tips along the way. Whether you’re hiring movers or DIY’ing it, we have some simple tips that make moving during the summer easy breezy.
#1 Be fully packed on the day of your move
- Trust us when we tell you that everyone’s idea of being “packed” is different. To some it means all of their belongings in boxes, and to others it means piles of laundry on the floor. In our book, being packed means that your items are not loose,but are ready to load and stack when the mover arrives.
- Schedule professional packers or start the process yourself a few weeks before your move.
- Label your boxes with the room that they belong and the contents.
- Save time by skipping out on packing clothes and use a wardrobe box instead.
#2 De-Stress when you feel the heat taking over
- Moves are frequently accompanied by unforeseen situations. It’s not you (usually), but just the way the universe works. Instead of freaking out when things don’t go as planned, take a moment to calm yourself down.
- Afterward, focus on next steps. If you’re DIY’ing your move and things are really getting off track, considering calling a professional mover. If you’re working with professionals, consider calling the office to discuss your particular concerns.
#3 Stay hydrated
- Sun stroke ain’t no joke. Don’t underestimate how much moving can physically take out of you until you’re ready to keel over. Keep some water bottles on hand the day of your move.
#4 Stay organized
- Type or write out a detailed plan of everything that needs to be done during the day and who is responsible for completing the task…save yourself from the classic ”but you said you’d take care of it” nightmare scenario.
#5 If you’ve hired professional movers, try not to micromanage them
- If you’ve done your due diligence and hired trustworthy, professional movers then let them do the hard work (after all that’s what you’re paying them for).
Oversee the move and be aware of how the move is being handled, but resist the urge to jump into the truck and start rearranging boxes.
The key to a successful summer move is putting in the prep work and not letting roadblocks that you encounter on the day of your move get the better of you. If you’re hiring movers, consult our guide to protecting your move. It includes helpful tips on finding movers that you can trust. If you’re going the DIY route, make sure you start the process early and make a clear plan of everything that you need to do to get fully moved and settled into your new home.