Summertime moving when children are out of school, graduates are relocating to their new jobs and professionals are making changes is common. Up to 13% of people and families move over the summer months whereas the rest of the year less than 8% move. Here are a few tips that should make your upcoming move easier.
Setting a timeline will ensure everything’s done well in advance. With a month before your trip call the moving or the moving van company to schedule the pickup and drop off dates. Take photos of each room so set-up goes more quickly once you arrive. The familiarity of the set up will also help children adjust more quickly to their new home. Collect copies of the children’s records from school and put them in a special box you’ll take with you along with other important documents like copies of health records, vehicle titles, etc.
With 3 weeks to go, begin weeding through things to decide what you need to take and discard things you no longer need. If you haven’t used something in over a year, put it in a donation bag. A cupboard full of butter tubs can go in a recycle bin. And things that are broken or no longer work should be trashed. Be sure and designate a spot for packed boxes.
2 weeks before the move confirm your reservation with the moving company and find out what they don’t allow so you can dispose of it. If you have pets, you should book stays at pet-friendly hotels. Create a package of activities for children that will keep them busy as well. Also, remember that summertime moving is especially stressful for children so reassurance that everything will turn out great may be required frequently. Finally, be sure and schedule any cleaning services you’ll need.
With 1 week left separate the things you’ll take from those that go in the van. Make sure everything is prepaid and eat meals that don’t require a lot of cleaning such as frozen dinners, sandwiches and cereal. Make sure you take an “open first” box in your vehicle that will contain pots and pans, silverware and anything else you’ll need to get started. Finally, be sure to check in with water, power and trash companies to cancel service and put in a change of address with the post office.
When moving day arrives you should be set. If you’re moving yourself make sure you have sufficient help. The last thing you need is to try to set everything up immediately upon arrival. By following these simple tips summertime moving should be much less stressful. Consider using All Reasons Moving & Storage to ease your next move and save you the hassle and strain of doing it yourself.