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Maximizing Your Spring/Summer Move

While moving is standard practice, most people dread its logistics, especially during the summer heat. So why do 70% of all moves occur between May and September? Simple: the benefits are hard to match during any other time of year. With favorable weather conditions, not having to worry about school for the kids, and being able to make an easier transition, it’s hard to beat.

One of the most significant benefits of hiring a moving company during this time—say, Maffucci Moving & Storage—is that you don’t have to worry about shucking your items in the high temperatures. We handle all that for you. As it’s the busiest season for us movers, slots fill up fast. Don’t waste time. Contact us today for a free moving estimate.

Benefits of Spring/Summer Moves

About 30 million people will move at least once next year, most of which will favor moving during the months with more desirable weather. So, why is late spring/summertime the peak moving months? We can help you answer that question:

    • Reduced risk of damage. The warmer temperatures mean little risk of dangerous roads covered in ice, reducing the risk of damage to belongings during transportation.
    • Increased curb appeal. Your yard looks its best this time of year with its green grass and blooming flowers, making selling easier.
    • The availability is higher. As 12-month leases are up, there are usually more options for those looking to rent or buy now.
    • There are more hours of sunlight. With the sun not setting until late, moving in in one day is a breeze.
    • It’s yard sale season. You can make extra cash for your move by selling unwanted items or finding items you need for your new house.
    • School is out. Moving during this time means you won’t have to worry about disrupting the kiddo’s schooling and progress– if that concerns you. 
    • You’ll sell your home for more. Since spring is such a popular time to buy a home, you have a good chance of selling it at a higher rate than in the winter.

With these benefits in mind, let’s talk about the trade-off.

Potential Trade-offs and Challenges

It’s true– moving between spring and summer will help you avoid troublesome weather. But, moving during this time has its drawbacks as well. For example, moving costs might be higher than during the fall or winter– and you’ll have to endure the humidity and heat. Other challenges you might face during a summertime move include:

    • Limited availability. As we mentioned, this time is the most popular move, so if you don’t book your moving service early enough, you could miss out on a quality service.
    • Damaging your belongings. There isn’t much ventilation or moving air in the back of moving trucks. When your possessions are in there for too long, fragile items could overheat or melt.
    • Scheduling conflicts. With movers being in high demand, you run the risk of not being able to secure a moving team during a time that works best for you.
    • Overheating. The sun is great, but not when it causes overheating and exhaustion. Moving in summer means a lot of heat and humidity, making a move uncomfortable or dangerous.
    • High storage prices. At this time of year, most storage units will be occupied or reserved ahead of time. On top of that, prices may be higher.
    • Stressful for pets. For those with pets, summer is a tricky time to move as they could get overheated in the car on top of already being stressed from being in the car for so long.
    • Higher energy costs. Summer is infamous for costing the most to cool your home. You quickly waste money when going in and out the door as much as you will while moving in.

Weather Expectations and Preparations

Once you’ve decided summer is the best time to move for you, it’s time to start planning. The weather will significantly impact your schedule and how smoothly things run, so you need to plan accordingly.

For example, start as early in the day as possible to avoid high temperatures and humidity. Ideally, you should begin around 8 a.m. or earlier to get the most out of your day before the heat gets unbearable. Plus, starting early also means you won’t have to deal with as much traffic as later in the day. If morning doesn’t work, wait until things cool down in the late afternoon or the evening. If you must operate during warmer parts of the day, we recommend keeping a wet, cold towel around your neck to keep your body temperature down. It’s important to take frequent breaks and seek out shade. And, of course, stay hydrated. Drink a lot of fluids steadily, and don’t wait until you’re thirsty.

Other tips for combating the summer weather while moving include:

    • Wearing a loose-fitting cotton t-shirt or other light materials
    • Wear a hat
    • Avoid dark-colored clothing
    • Eat lighter meals with high water content

For more seasonal moving advice, visit our website: www.maffuccimoving.com.

Managing Logistics

Now, let’s get down to the gritty details. During peak moving months, it’s recommended to reserve transportation and movers well in advance. We’ve already discussed May- September as the busiest time for moving services. If you wait to book, you could find yourself with fewer options than if you consult early and plan ahead. No one wants to be left to move their entire home on their own!

Consult with the Maffucci Moving & Storage team at least a few months before your ideal moving date so we can add you to our calendar. At this same time, we’ll help you reserve a truck that is the best size to fit your home’s furnishings and decorations.

In the final two weeks before your move:

    • Fill and transfer prescriptions
    • Cancel or transfer club memberships
    • Contact utility providers to transfer or start services
    • Move bank accounts if necessary
    • Cancel newspaper subscriptions, forward mail

Cost Implications and Budgeting

While summer is undoubtedly the most common time to move, it’s also typically the most expensive due to the high demand for industry services. But have no fear! Maffucci Moving & Storage is ready to offer tips on reducing moving costs and sticking to your budget.

  1. Get a few quotes. Movers’ rates can vary by thousands of dollars, and they may charge you for even obtaining a quote. Not us; Maffucci Moving & Storage offers free quotes and flexible pricing.
  2. Take what you can in your car. While moving everything yourself is the cheapest option, it’s not always feasible. We recommend packing as much as possible into your vehicle and leaving the heavy stuff to us.
  3. Clean out your closet. The less you have, the less it will cost you to move—and every penny counts when you’re on a budget. Purge your possessions of the things you don’t need and hold no sentimental value.
  4. Keep an eye out for scammers. Always get references and check online reviews. If something feels off or a website looks fishy, trust your gut and choose a more reliable company like Maffucci Moving & Storage.

For a Smooth Move Choose Maffucci Moving & Storage

When you’re making a big move and need to choose a moving and storage company you can rely on, the choice is clear—it’s Maffucci. We offer a series of specialty services, such as climate-controlled storage and packing assistance, with personalized solutions meant to meet the needs of each unique customer. We’ve prided ourselves for over 100 years on providing exceptional, reliable, and transparent residential moving services.

Don’t hesitate to contact Maffucci Moving & Storage for a free estimate. We get the job done right at a reasonable price.

By maffuccimoving April 01, 2024