Did you know that more than half of all moves in the United States take place during the summertime from Memorial Day through Labor Day, with June 30th, July 31st, and August 1st being the most popular moving days? Essentially, 50% of all moves occur in the three hottest months of the year!
There’s a reason why summer moves are so popular, and if you’re planning to move, it’s a good idea for you to give some thought to the time of year. There are several advantages to moving in the summer months for both you and your local moving company. Whether you are planning a local Connecticut move or moving across the country, here are some useful moving tips and advice to help you beat the heat and ace your next summer move.
Peak selling season is in the summer which means the summer is a great time to sell your home. Due to the increased demand for homes, you are likely to get more money for your home. Furthermore, you will have an easier time finding a new place to call home.
Kids are on summer break, which allows for more flexibility in your schedule and no disruptions to school routines or activities. If you’re moving to a new school district, you will have time to research good local schools and it will also help with the transition. By not pulling them out during the school year, they will be able to start fresh in the fall. Not to mention, they will be available to help you pack and prepare for the move.
Summer may be a busy time for CT moving companies, but there are fewer chances of delays due to weather. If you live in CT and you’ve ever had to move during the winter months, you know how difficult and uncomfortable it can be. If the weather is bad during your move, the roads can be dangerous and there’s also the risk of slipping on icy sidewalks. It is also not ideal to move certain electronics, antique furniture or other fragile items in the cold weather. Not to mention, you risk the chance of tracking dirt and mud into your new (and old) home.
Additionally, better weather brings longer days and more sunlight. People are generally more productive when there’s daylight —more hours in the day means more time to pack and move. Furthermore, your movers probably won’t have to move in the dark.
Summer is a great time to have a yard sale! Yard sales are a great way to get rid of things you no longer want or need – not to mention, you can make a little extra cash to offset your moving expenses! As a buyer, you will have more yard sales to peruse for any items you need for your new home.
Summer is when your property looks its best. There is sunshine, the grass is green and the flowers are in bloom. This means better curb appeal! Also, a greater number of buyers are likely to come out to view your property when the weather is nice.
So, now that you know why summer is a great time to move, let’s go over some additional moving tips for making your summer move a success.
We’ve all heard it before – “if you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” It’s true. The summer is the busiest time of year for moving companies, so planning at least eight weeks in advance of your move is critical. This means scheduling the movers, getting your belongings organized, staying on top of your to-do list, and purchasing moving supplies (if you’re packing yourself.) Supplies are going to be limited this time of year, so stock up early. If this feels like too much, or just too time-consuming, contact RT Relocation – our professional helping hands will simplify the moving process and will keep you organized and on target for your deadline.
Moving day can be overwhelming. To reduce any undue stress, and to expedite your move, make it a goal to be 100% packed by moving day – because as always, there will be plenty of other things to do. The last thing you need on moving day is to start erratically packing odds and ends with movers waiting for you to finish up in 90-degree weather. If you want to skip the tedious process of packing all together, our professional and expertly trained, licensed, and insured movers will meticulously pack, label and organize your items, saving you well-needed time and energy. Our movers will also be mindful of heat-sensitive items. Things like candles, that can melt and create a huge mess when you least expect it or other heat-sensitive items such as electronics and combustibles, like batteries, propane, or hair spray.
UV exposure is strongest between 12 PM – 4 PM, so scheduling movers during the early morning hours will give you a head start during a cooler time of day. If you schedule your moving services with RT Relocation, our moving crew will arrive between 8 AM – 10 AM, although they almost always arrive by 8:30 AM. Another tip to beat the heat is to stay hydrated by stocking up on plenty of water. Also, be sure to take a look at what the weather is going to be like in your old location and in your new location, and dress accordingly! Last, but not least, don’t forget to keep your sunscreen handy!
If you have small kids, pets, or an elderly family member that you care for, make a plan. It would be best to make outside arrangements for small kids or pets so they don’t get in the way of the movers, or overwhelm you (think baby feedings, diaper changes or Rocky barking at the strangers moving your couch – not a good idea.) If you have an elderly family member, make arrangements for another caregiver to take care of them for the day, if possible.
This is one of those really easy-to-do and easy-to-forget items on your checklist. Making sure that the AC has not been turned off on moving day in your old home, and that it has been turned on in your new home, will make a world of difference for you and your movers. Pro tip: turn on the AC in your new home well in advance of the movers arriving.
So, now you know why summer is a great time to move, but if spending countless hours preparing for your big move isn’t exactly how you planned to spend your summer, click here to get assistance from RT Relocation, a full-service moving and storage company that provides safe and reliable moving, packing, and storage services for residential, commercial, and corporate clients throughout New Haven County, CT and beyond. Our team has over 10 years of professional high-end moving experience for both local and long-distance moves.