As the sun shines brighter and the days grow longer, summer is the perfect time for new beginnings. It’s the season for beach trips, barbecues, and for many, a big move. Moving into a new home, especially during the scorching summer months, can be daunting. But with a little bit of planning, organization, and expert advice, your summer move can be smooth and successful.
At Deluxe Moving and Storage, your preferred Cambridge (Ontario) and Kitchener Moving Company, we’ve put together this comprehensive guide to help you sail through your summer move with ease. Grab a cold lemonade, sit back, and read on!
Plan Ahead For Your Summer Move
Summer is a popular season for moving. With the kids out of school and the weather just right, it’s no wonder families choose this time to relocate. But remember, this also means movers get booked up fast.
We recommend beginning your moving process well in advance. Start by decluttering your home and organizing your belongings. Next, research moving companies and get estimates. Once you’ve chosen your moving company, book your move early to secure your preferred date. Early planning also gives you ample time to pack at your own pace, making the process less stressful.
Whether you’re moving across the city or across the country, planning ahead is the key to a successful summer move.
Hydrate and Stay Safe
Summer moves mean dealing with the heat, so staying hydrated is crucial. Always keep a water bottle handy, and take regular water breaks. Avoid caffeine and alcohol, as they can dehydrate you.
When it comes to clothing, opt for light, breathable fabrics. A hat and sunscreen will protect you from the sun, and sturdy shoes will keep your feet safe. Remember, comfort and safety should be your priority on moving day.
Read on for many more tips on how to make your summer move a breeze with Deluxe Moving, your trusted Cambridge and Kitchener moving company. In our next section, we’ll share tips on preparing your kids and pets for the move.
Prepare Your Kids and Pets for the Big Move
Children and pets may find moving to be challenging, especially during the hot summer months. However, with the right preparation, you can make the transition smoother for them.
Start by discussing the move with your children. Make it exciting – talk about their new room and nearby parks and entertainment. Keep their favourite toys at hand and consider packing a special bag with snacks, activities, and items to keep them entertained on moving day.
Pets, too, need special care during a move. Make sure they are well-hydrated and have a cool, shaded place to rest. Also, update their tags and microchip information just in case they wander off amidst the confusion of the move.
Use the Early Morning or Late Evening Hours
The summer heat can be brutal during the day, making it uncomfortable to lift and move boxes. Consider scheduling your moving tasks for early morning or late evening, when the temperatures are cooler. This approach can make the moving process less strenuous and more comfortable for everyone involved.
Coordinating with your moving company for an early start can ensure that the bulk of the heavy lifting is done before the heat sets in. If this is not feasible, plan breaks during the hottest part of the day and ensure everyone stays hydrated.
Protect Your Belongings From the Heat
Extreme temperatures can damage certain items, such as electronics and wooden furniture. Before packing, take inventory and identify items that are susceptible to heat damage. Pack these items with insulating materials and label the boxes as heat-sensitive.
Also, be mindful of where these boxes are placed inside the moving truck. Aim for the coolest spot, which is usually right against the cab rather than near the back door. Your local moving team at Deluxe Moving can help take care of all of this for you.
We’re about halfway through our summer moving tips, we hope you are enjoying them so far. Stay tuned as we discuss the importance of proper loading, managing utilities, and an unpacking strategy in the upcoming sections. Remember, moving doesn’t have to be daunting – not when you have Deluxe Moving to guide you every step of the way!
Properly Load the Moving Truck
Loading a moving truck correctly is critical to protecting your belongings and making the best use of available space. During the summer, this process requires additional considerations due to the heat. At Deluxe Moving, we’re experts at packing and loading trucks optimally, taking into account both space and temperature dynamics.
Larger items such as furniture and appliances should be loaded first. Doing so allows for stability and ensures they won’t damage smaller items during the move. Next, load boxes, starting with the heaviest and working towards the lightest. Fragile items should be loaded last and secured to prevent movement during transit.
For summer moves, heat-sensitive items need special care. The metal walls of a truck can heat up significantly under the summer sun, so it’s best to place sensitive items in the cooler center of the truck. Delicate items such as electronics, artwork, and certain types of furniture might need additional insulation or heat-protective packing. Your professional Cambridge and Kitchener moving team can provide guidance on the best practices to protect your precious belongings from the summer heat.
In a summer move, utility management goes beyond just ensuring comfort in your new home. It can also be a matter of safety. Imagine arriving at your new house, tired from the move, only to discover that the air conditioning isn’t working, and the indoor temperature is soaring. Avoid such scenarios by coordinating with your utility companies to ensure everything, especially air conditioning, is operational before your arrival.
Portable fans can be invaluable on moving day to keep everyone cool during loading and unloading. Small, battery-operated fans can provide a refreshing breeze and make the physical work more bearable. Additionally, consider having cold drinks available for everyone involved in the move. These considerations will not only make your move more comfortable but also ensure the safety and well-being of everyone involved.
Unpacking, when done right, can ease the settling-in process significantly. But in the summer, the heat can add an extra layer of challenge. The key is to have an efficient unpacking strategy that takes into account both your immediate needs and the weather.
Start by setting up the essentials: beds for a good night’s sleep, and the kitchen for meals. Next, plan to unpack the remaining items room by room. You don’t have to rush – there’s no pressure to get everything done in just a day or two. Take your time and pace yourself.
In the summer, it’s a good idea to schedule your unpacking sessions during the cooler hours of the day, such as early morning or late evening. This strategy can make the task less strenuous and more enjoyable. Remember, unpacking is also an opportunity to get to know your new space and make it feel like home.
Not everything can or needs to be moved immediately. Sometimes, you might need temporary storage for some of your belongings, especially during a summer move. That’s where climate-controlled storage comes into the picture. These units maintain a consistent temperature, which can prevent heat-related damage to items such as electronics, artwork, and furniture.
At Deluxe Moving, we understand the value of your belongings. That’s why we’ve partnered with Public Storage to offer reliable, climate-controlled storage solutions. You can rest assured knowing your items are safe and protected from the summer heat until you’re ready to move them to your new home.
Moving to a new place is more than just a physical transition. It’s the beginning of a new chapter in your life, and summer is the perfect time to explore this new adventure. Settling into your new community can be exciting and fun.
Use the long summer days to your advantage. Explore local parks, join community events, and get to know your neighbours. If you are the kind of person who likes to meet with neighbours right away, you consider hosting a casual backyard barbecue to meet new friends and share your moving journey. Remember, making memories in your new home is just as important as the move itself!
Reach Out to Deluxe Moving
Moving doesn’t have to be a daunting task, not even in summer. At Deluxe Moving, your trusted Cambridge and Kitchener Moving Company, we are dedicated to providing you with a smooth and stress-free moving experience. Our team of professionals is equipped with the knowledge and skills to handle all your moving needs, including the unique challenges of a summer move.
Get in touch with us today for a free, no-obligation quote, and let us take the heat out of your summer move! We are here to support you every step of the way, so you can focus on the exciting journey ahead. Remember, at Deluxe Moving, we move with care, so you can move with confidence!