Summer is the peak season for house removals and with good reason: most people usually have summer break, the weather is generally predictable, removals are easier to manage, traffic isn’t held up by any sudden rain or snow, the driving conditions are conducive even if traffic is a bit more dense than the winters and the days are longer, which means there is more time to affect the move in.
That said, there are still some things that you should do to make sure that when you move in the summer, it is done in the most time-effective and cost-effective manner possible. Just as is the case with rainy weather or the winter season, moving in the summer has its own drawbacks, but there are easier solutions to these. Let us take a look at some things you can do to make sure your summer move is a hassle-free process.
To begin with, summer days can get very, very hot. While this might be easier to deal with than extreme cold, it is uncomfortable in its own right. Whether you are moving on your own or you have hired a team of professional packers and movers to help you out, you must take into consideration how warm weather can affect one’s productivity and efficiency. For summer moves, you should plan the actual moving process either for very early in the day or towards the evening, so that you can do it in mild weather and not get bothered by the midday heat and sun. Keep lots of water and refreshments on hand for yourself and the moving team. They might be used to working in all kinds of weather but they will still appreciate any assistance you offer!
Next, you have to take the summer heat into consideration when you decide which things are to be sent in the moving vehicle and which you should take on your own in your air-conditioned car. This choice is possible only if you are driving down to the new place yourself. There are some alternatives if you aren’t, and we’ve discussed these later. Another determinant of what you should send along in the moving truck is how long the journey is. If it is a short distance move, most things will not be too badly affected. However, for interstate moves, you will have to make arrangements for things that can spoil in the heat.
Anything that will spoil, melt or burst in the heat should not be sent on the moving truck. This includes food items, potted plants, things that melt easily (wax-based products) and toiletries that may burst en route in extreme heat.
Now, since your own vehicle will have limited space and you cannot take along everything that might spoil in the heat, what do you do? Also, what if you aren’t taking a car along and you’re using the train or flying to the new city/ country? What happens to these things then? Well, you have two options: you can either sell them or you can give them away to friends, family or charity. Given that these are perishable or breakable items, giving them away is probably a better option.
Do remember that since summer is the peak season for house moves, most companies start receiving booking orders by early spring. If you wait too late you might not find a moving service that suits your needs and you most certainly won’t be able to negotiate the rates. If you know that you have to move in the summer many months before, try making the booking in January or February. You’ll get good deals and you won’t have to worry about scheduling dates later.