Making the Summer Move
With the kids out of school, it’s no wonder that summer is the most popular time of year for families to move. Here are some tips to offer your clients as they prepare to move to a new home during the summer months. With some advance planning, they will be able to spend less time moving in and more time enjoying a cold drink in their new backyard!
1. Timing is everything. If possible, avoid moving during the last weekend of any month and definitely try to avoid the last weekend in July, which is the busiest moving weekend of the year.
2. Organized packing. Use copious amounts of bubble wrap and packing peanuts around fragile items like electronics and glassware. You can also use towels, clothing and pillows for supplementary protection. Also know that you can never have enough labels! Labels will make life much easier when it comes time to unpack.When packing up your things, it’s helpful to go through the home one room at a time, boxing up items, and labeling the boxes both according to room and box contents.
3. Booking the moving van and storage unit. Be sure to book your rental truck and storage unit as early as possible to ensure the lowest possible rates. Much like airfare, the prices will be lower if you book in advance.
4. Packing the moving van. When packing up the moving van, be sure to place your heaviest boxes on the bottom of the van to ensure that items don’t get crushed and to make unloading easier. Also, it’s beneficial to pack your essentials separately and to store these items at the very front of the van for easy access.
5. Pets. If you have a pet, it’s recommended to leave him or her with a friend or at doggie daycare for the day. In addition to dealing with the heat, dogs can get particularly frazzled during moving day, especially with movers coming in and out of the home.
6. Young children. If you have young children, plan ahead for childcare the day of the move. This will help you remain calmer and complete the unpacking process more efficiently. If you are unable to make any childcare arrangements, set up a room designated for the kids so they have their own space out of the way of the movers.
7. Mail. Notify the U.S. Postal Service about your change of address so your mail gets forwarded in a timely manner.
8. Utilities. Always call ahead to make sure that the utilities to your new home have been activated. You don’t want to learn this lesson the hard way as you move in to a new house only to find yourself staring longingly at the A/C unit and ceiling fans, as you wait for your utilities to be turned on.
9. Kids activities and leagues. If you have have kids, its recommended to research the local sports leagues and activities schedules, so the kids can make friends and feel adjusted before the school year starts.
10. Meet your neighbors. Introduce yourself right when you move in. An advantage of moving in the summer is that your neighbors are more likely to be outside, and you have more opportunities to meet them. They will be great resources to learn about local restaurants, shopping, activities, leagues and school information.