The kids are out of school, the weather is warm and the selling market is booming. There is no doubt that summer is the most popular season for moving.
Maybe you’ve been in the market for a new home for months, or maybe you came across the perfect deal on whim. Whatever your situation, we understand that moving can be a stressful and time-consuming process. That’s why we’ve compiled our top tips on how to make your summer move as efficient and stress-free as possible.
Start Preparation Early
Right now is actually the best time to begin preparing for your summer move. The earlier you begin, the less stress you will experience down the road as moving day approaches. Start preparing months ahead of time, if possible. This early preparation strategy will give you a much higher chance of being completely ready for moving day.
You can start with a moving checklist. This detailed to-do list will guide you from day one and will keep you focused on the tasks at hand. Start with big picture tasks that can be done early in the moving process. For instance, don’t start packing away items you and your family use on a regular basis. Instead, start with the items that are already stored away in your home. Maybe they’re items only used in the winter months, for vacations, special occasions and so on. Keepsakes and items that do not provide a direct utilitarian use are perfect to begin packing away months in advance.
Book Your Movers
As mentioned previously, summer is the busiest time for the moving industry. This means that moving companies are slammed with moving dates. It’s wise to contact and book your selected movers as early as possible once you have set a moving day. The best moving companies will be in high demand during this time meaning that if you do not secure your top-rated company in advance, you may have to settle for a less professional one. You don’t want to sacrifice the quality of your move and professionalism you seek, therefore it’s important that you book your mover of choice early on in the process. You may even receive discounted early bird pricing!
Section Off Your Home
Packing your existing home up one section at a time can make the packing and unpacking process much more efficient. As mentioned before, start with items in storage that you don’t use daily. Then, section off your home, whether it be by room, hall way, corner layout, etc. By doing so, you will keep like-items together and the packing-up process will feel less overwhelming. This allows you to focus on one section of your home at a time, rather than having the overbearing thought of packing up your entire home. This strategy will also help to provide a systematic way for you to pack. Be sure to label each box with room or section of home it contains so that it can be easily placed in your new home.
Have a System for Packing
Creating an organized and efficient system for packing your items will make the entire moving process run smoothly. As you tackle each section of your home, keep boxes labeled and section off types of items. For example, when packing up your kitchen, you can have one box for the kitchen items that are not used daily such as a blender, special china, crockpot, etc. All of the items you use regularly should be packed in a separate box and labeled accordingly. While you’re at it, go ahead and outline what is in the box. Write the major items in the box and keep like-items together. This way, when you arrive at your new residence, you won’t be rummaging through tons of boxes trying to find your coffee maker and mugs. Boxes with everyday items should be recognizable when put against non-essential item boxes so they can be easily spotted.
It’s also wise to include a donate box in your packing system. As you go through your belongings you can determine what is actually necessary to keep and what you can part with at this time. This will cut down on the overwhelming amount of items to move, plus your new home will less cluttered and you’ll have plenty of room for the items you truly use.
Also, because you are moving in summer, it is important that you consider perishable items. Pack any perishable items such as food, plants and anything that could be ruined in the heat (such as candles, DVDs, and sensitive electronics) into separate labeled boxes so that you can handle them accordingly and perhaps, move them yourself in an air conditioned car.
Stay Safe on Moving Day
Moving day has arrived and the summer heat is in full force. It’s important that you schedule an early start and avoid moving between 11 am and 4 pm when the sun is at its peak strength. Also, the day before and the morning of, it is important to stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water in order to avoid dehydration and be sure to bring along water bottles for everyone involved in the moving process. It’s also important to apply sunscreen because you will be in and out of the home throughout the day.
If your considering making the move this summer but still aren’t set on a new residence, be sure to check out Platinum Home Builder’s incredible Central Florida neighborhoods. Located in New Smyrna Beach, Venetian Bay offers a multitude of communities that fit your family’s preferences and needs. It’s easy to find a safe and comfortable place when you partner with a reliable custom home builder who can craft a residence tailored to your exact specifications.
For over 25 years, Platinum has exceeded the expectations of countless Central Florida homeowners. As the leading home builder in the region, we have built a solid reputation as one of the premier general contractors in New Smyrna Beach. Contact us today to get started on creating the elegant custom home of your dreams.