1. Summer Is the Busiest Time to Move
Whether you are moving nearby or planning a long distance move, it is important to keep in mind that summer is the season for most people to move. It is estimated that 80% of all moves happen between the end of April and September, so if you are planning on moving this summer, make sure to plan ahead. Look at the calendar and try to avoid holiday weeks and weekends where traffic will be increased. If you can, consider taking some time off work during the week, as the roads are much less busy during the week. Also, make sure that you book your moving and packing dates as soon as possible so that you ensure that you can move exactly when you want to move.
2. Summer is the Best Time for A Yard Sale
Why not take advantage of the warm weather and have a yard sale? Moving is the best time to take a look at the things you have accumulated and pair down that clutter in your life. Not only will it reduce your moving costs, but it’s a great way to give yourself a fresh start in your new home. This is a fun way to say your goodbyes to the neighborhood and make a couple bucks in the process. If you have a family, make it a fun learning experience for your kids and have them go through their things and manage their own section of the yard sale.
3. The Pandemic Will Make This Summer Different: Give Yourself Extra Time
Just like everything else in this crazy year, packing and moving will, inevitably, come with some additional, unforeseen, challenges. Give yourself extra time to account for administrative delays such as delayed closings, renters not getting out on time, or whatever else your COVID summer move might throw your way! Also, consider making your move easier by hiring packing services or movers to take one thing off your plate during this stressful year.
4. Real Estate Is Sizzling This Summer
If you are still looking for the perfect place, do not wait too long! With so many people switching to partially or permanently working from home, the residential housing market has been booming. If you find the right place, do not hesitate because you will miss out and end up having to spend more money. Also, consider getting a 3+ bedroom house, one with a den or bonus room, because as this trend continues, you could find a quick offer for your new home from someone in need of home office space. Make your space work for you, but make sure you are maximizing your return on it as well.
5. The Weather Matters
Alright, this one sounds obvious, but it is an often-over-looked part of a move. If you are moving yourself, be sure to hydrate and have water and food at the ready to ensure you can beat the summer heat. Consider prepping cold neck towels to avoid heat exhaustion. Also, check the weather report and humidity index and get an early start on moving day. Also, set up your move so that you are able to move the heaviest and most difficult furniture items first, while the temperature is still pleasant. Another alternative to beat the heat in your summer move is to have your friends at American Van Lines help you with your moving day experience. From estimates, to packing, to your actual moving day, we are here to make sure that you beat the heat and get into your new place with ease!