Sunny skies and warmer temps announce the summer season, popular for longer daylight hours, vacations, and school-free days for the kids. Moving to a new home can be easier and more comfortable in the summer for many families, and for members of the military, summer tends to be the busiest season for new assignments and relocations. With all of this in mind, it’s important to start planning for your move as early as possible rather than waiting until the last second to get your ducks in a row. Here are some tips to help you prepare for your upcoming summer move.
As soon as you know you’ll be moving, contact us and find a way to discuss a worry-free move. No matter if you are moving across town, across the country, or internationally, a good moving company will give you peace of mind that your belongings are moving with you, safely and securely.
Since the summertime tends to be the busiest moving season, schedule your movers with as much advance notice as possible. Also consider any special needs you may have, such as having a piano or a large mirror moved, or transportation for a pet if you are traveling a great distance to your new home. Discuss these special circumstances with your moving company or look for a special mover devoted to that kind of item, if necessary. Even if you plan to rent a truck or van to facilitate the move yourself, it helps to plan ahead.
Sort, Organize, Pack, and Plan
Begin to go through your belongings, setting aside what needs to come with you and what doesn’t. Out of the items you are leaving behind, determine if they’re bound for the trash, the recycling bin, or for sale or donation. For the possessions you do wish to bring along, you should determine which items you’ll need to keep handy–including important paperwork, electronics, and so forth–and which ones are fine to go into boxes or storage.
Begin with your closets and drawers as you start your packing process. Organize your things into moving boxes labeled by room or by category. Keep all like items together when possible and only pack what you won’t need in the next couple of weeks. Discard, sell, or donate what you no longer wish to keep. As it gets closer to move date, you’ll need to pack the remaining items you are using on a day-to-day basis, clearly labeling them as important so they don’t get mixed in with all the other boxes.
Before your move, try to snap a few photos of the main rooms of your new house. Consider how the available space and your current furniture can translate into the ideal setting, further optimizing your moving experience. You should also speak with someone at the post office to learn how to forward your mail and officially change your address.
Finalize the Details
Once you’ve packed and planned, consider the finer details. Schedule a babysitter or childcare service if it makes your move-out day easier for you and safer for the kids. Consider a move-out cleaning service to leave your home in better shape for the new owners. Don’t forget to arrange payment for your movers, gratuity, and any other important final details. Most of all, take some time to relax and celebrate your new chapter in life after a successful move day!