Tips for moving in the summer
Summer is an extremely popular time to move, but not always an easy time to move. Things like extreme weather (high temperatures and rainstorms etc.), plus bad traffic due to things like construction, rush hour and summer tourism can make it a real challenge. If you're planning a move this summer, here are our best tips for moving in the summer.
So many people move in the summer because of things like university and college. If you're going to hire professional movers or rent a moving vehicle or cube, be sure to book very early as it may be a challenge to secure a booking for your desired day.
Avoid long weekends
Try to avoid moving on a long weekend because it could entail bad traffic and limited parking for you and/or your movers.
Moving can be an all day affair full of hot, physical exertion. Depending on how far away you are moving, you'll want to bring plenty of water to avoid dehydration. Even if you are using movers, it can be a very nice gesture to offer them water on a hot summer day. We don't advocate for bottled water, but boxed water is a great alternative!
Be prepared for rain
Rain can come out of nowhere on moving day and it can spell disaster for your furniture. If you're using a moving company, talk to them ahead of time about the protective solutions they offer to keep your belongings dry. If you're moving yourself, large garbage or recycling bags can offer some water protection in a pinch. Drape or tape them on top of items that you need to waterproof. Bring a whole box with you so you can react if the weather changes.
Bring a change of clothes
Moving can get messy on a rainy day, so bring a change of clothes so you don't have to riffle through moving boxes to find some.
Dress in layers
Summer temperatures can shift wildly throughout the course of a day, so bring layers of clothing so you're covered if it's cool out, and not trapped in too much clothing if it's hot.
Switch on the air-conditioning
If it's sweltering out, as soon as you arrive at your moving destination, switch on the air-conditioning unit if you can. This will quickly cool down the space so you'll get a little relief from the heat outside as you move items from the truck to your new space. We recommend that you do this whether you're moving yourself or you've hired professionals as they'll appreciate it too.
Be open to alternative routes
You may know your city like the back of your hand, but depending on the day you move, you may find yourself up against unexpected traffic. To keep things moving, use the Waze app to help you navigate the fastest route possible in real time.
Connect with building management
If you're moving out of and/or into an apartment complex or building, it's wise to connect with building management in advance to arrange for parking/loading and access to an elevator if you need it. Relying on street parking is a nightmare if you live in a city, especially if you're using a large moving truck. Not arranging onsite parking could actually cost you extra if you've hired movers as many charge you if they need to carry your items a long distance.
Waiting for the elevator in a busy building is also a big problem to avoid, so ask building management if you can reserve an elevator for a set timeframe.
We wish you all the best with your summer move! We hope these tips will make it a smooth and easy experience.