Memorial Day weekend starts the busy moving season. Families start moving to new cities and homes as soon as the school year ends, so they are settled in time for the new school year to begin in the fall. The summer is also the busiest time for the self storage industry. As people are moving, downsizing homes, or even just starting out in a first apartment, they are using self storage to store the belongings that they no longer have the room for, but still need to keep.
Moving can be very stressful. If you plan and prepare ahead of time, you can be ready for your big moving day. There are many tasks that you don’t think about when you have to move, but they are vital to making things go smoothly. During the summer months, you have to take special precaution to protect the items that you are moving from extreme temperatures. It is very important to keep cool and calm during the summer moves! Here are a few of these tasks as well as some other tips to make your summer moving process as stress free as possible:
1. Decide if you are hiring a moving company or renting a moving truck on your home and having friends and family help you move. If you are hiring a moving company, make sure to have at least 3 in-person estimates for the cost of the move before you decide which company to use. Moving resources can be scarce during the summer, so be prepared to have a back-up plan in mind if you can’t get a moving truck for the day that you need it.
2. Be organized! Decide what items will go into each room in your new home. You can then prepare and pack the boxes for each room. Don’t forget to put the room on the boxes, so it can be put in the proper place. Also, label the boxes and keep an inventory list of the boxes that you are moving, so you have a reference on moving day.
3. About a month before you move, send the change of address forms to your credit card companies. Also set up the utilities in your new home and schedule the time to turn off the utilities in your old home.
4. Start packing as early as possible. This will give you the time to sort through your items to decide what you are keeping, donating or throwing away.
5. If you have children or pets, make sure that they are with a babysitter on the day of the move.
6. Dispose of paint, detergents and pesticides in an eco-friendly way. If these items need to be move, pack them in a smaller box inside a larger box to reduce the chance of leaks.
7. Move valuables, houseplants and items that you will need right away in your new home, in your car, not in the moving truck.
8. Since the summer weekends get booked very quickly, try to move on the least busy days of the week, usually mid-week and during the middle of the month. The busiest days are Memorial Day weekend and the last weekend in July.
9. Be aware of items that should not go in a moving truck in the hot months of the summer. For example, candles should not be kept in a hot moving truck, because they can melt. Leather upholstered furniture can sweat when wrapped in plastic in a hot area damaging the furniture and CDs and DVDs can warp over time in a hot truck.
10. Be kind to the movers. They get hot during the summer months as well. Make sure to have cold water available. Some people also offer lunches for their moving teams.
Good Luck with your summer moving! If you need packing or moving supplies, stop into the Stop N Stor locations in Savannah, Port Wentworth and Hinesville, Georgia.