The summer is the busiest time of the year for apartment communities, because this is the season when many leases expire and new ones begin. Unfortunately, the blazing sun makes moving in the summer discouraging, but it doesn’t have to be as daunting as you think. Here are four tips for moving in the summer heat:
- Hire a moving company: It’s important to plan ahead if you’re moving in the summer, because moving companies and moving trucks are in high demand. If you can swing the cost, hire a licensed moving company to do the heavy lifting. You’ll be able to stay indoors away from the hot summer sun by packing and unpacking boxes, assembling furniture and rearranging your belongings.
- Keep vulnerable items out of the heat: If you want to keep your items intact, be aware of items that will be affected by the sun. Some things should be carried with you instead of packed inside a moving van. Candles will melt and potentially ruin more stuff, and CDs, cassette tapes and videos are prone to distortion in a hot van.
- Budget for your electric bill: Moving in the summer requires keeping your apartment doors open for extended periods of time. This causes your air conditioner to work harder in both your old and new home, so plan your budget accordingly for a higher-than-normal electricity bill. Be sure the utility company turns off service AFTER your moving day in your old home, and it’s turned on in the new apartment the day of your move.
- Don’t forget your kids and pets: Moving day will be hectic, and your attention will be diverted from your normal parental and pet owner duties. Find a safe, air-conditioned environment for your children and pets, because you’ll need them to be out of your way. Don’t pack their important papers in boxes, and carry them with you. You’ll want school transcripts and vaccination records readily available once you’re done moving in the summer.
There’s a plethora of reasons why moving in the summer is popular, since kids are out of school, students are getting ready for college, and it’s easier for people to take days off from work. If you’re one to execute plans at the last minute, despise the summer heat or can extend your current lease until the fall, you might find moving outside the summer season might be best for you.