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Getting ready for your summer move

Getting ready for your summer move

Every season has its advantages and drawbacks when it comes to moving. Summer has more benefits than most, but there are also some things you need to be aware of when the moving truck pulls up and professional movers begin loading your possessions for the trip . Review the advice below and you'll be in great shape to get your belongings and your family to your new home.

Everyday moving considerations

Some aspects of moving never change. Consider this checklist as moving day approaches, regardless of season:

  • In general, plan ahead and budget extra time for most tasks.
  • Decide whether you want to use a packing service or take on that major task yourself.
  • Set up shutoff dates and times for your utilities, cable, garbage pickup and similar services.
  • Take the time to set up turn-on appointments for those same services at your new home.
  • Pack items you'll need soon after arriving, like toiletries, phone chargers, towels, bed linens and similar items in a clearly labeled box.
  • Pack fragile belongings, high-value items and other possessions movers can't bring on their trucks and bring them in your own vehicle.
  • Check out Atlas's How to Move Guides and Moving FAQs to answer any additional questions.

The advantages of summer moving

"Summer has more benefits than most when it comes to moving."

What makes summer a great time to move? The longer days, warmer temperatures and relatively dry weather all come to mind. Moving in summer means not worrying about the sun setting before 5 p.m. and your new home's heating system working overtime with all the trips in and out of the house on moving day.

These same seasonal advantages make it easier to show and sell your home and to host a yard sale to sell off any possessions that won't make the trip. Additionally, kids are generally out of school, which means the move is less disruptive - whether or not you're moving to a new school district.

Summer-specific considerations for a successful move

Summer can be very hot. Make sure to have plenty of water on hand and wear loose-fitting, light clothing, as well as a brimmed hat. With all of these benefits in mind, it's easy to see why so many people move in the summer. However, there are also some important seasonal challenges to take into consideration. The following list will help you tackle any potential issues:

  • Don't push yourself and risk exhaustion or heatstroke. Take breaks as they're needed and budget enough time so you don't need to rush.
  • Extended sun exposure can be dangerous. Use sunscreen on the day of the move, and have more on hand to replenish your protection throughout the day.
  • Work with movers to limit your activity level and ensure professionals with the know-how to move safely in the summer take on the biggest tasks.
  • Don't forget about children and pets - they'll have similar risks in terms of dehydration, sun exposure and heat exposure.
  • Don't let items vulnerable to heat, like wax candles, CDs, Blu-Ray discs and vinyl records sit in the moving truck. Consider moving them yourself.

With this guidance, your summer move can be cool, efficient and satisfying.

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