Summer is the moving season, and we’re right in the middle of it. While it’s certainly not the summer any of us planned, it’s the one we have. We hope you’re staying safe and making the most of it. While many things have changed or come to a halt, moves are still happening. If you are moving this time around, you are certainly not alone. Here are some tips to help you get through it. 

Everyone Will be Moving, Plan Accordingly

Summer is peak moving season. While COVID-19 has impacted all of our lives, people still have to move. So we recommend you start early and plan ahead. If you’re renting, start talking to your building as soon as possible. Figure out elevator times and move requirements. The more details you have, the better prepared you’ll be when you reach out to moving companies for estimates. Keep in mind, the ends and beginnings of the month will start to book up 3 to 4 weeks in advance. Reach out to companies early and start gathering quotes so you can choose the right company for you.  

Start Your Move Early

Morning spots are often limited but ideal. If you have the option, always move early in the day. You’ll not only beat most of the heat but you also don’t have to worry about any moves scheduled before you. If you’re lucky enough to get that spot, you’ll likely experience less traffic over all as well. 

Turn On the AC

Once you have your movers started at your move out location, head over to your new home and turn on the AC. You definitely don’t want to get there when it’s unbearably hot and your crew will appreciate it. It will help them move efficiently and get less fatigued if the new location is cool and comfortable to work in. 

Avoid the Holiday Weekends

While you may think a 3 day weekend would be the ideal time to move, it’s best to avoid it. Some movers might close those days. And those who are open will likely be booked up before you know it. It’s often more expensive to move on those days as well. Keep in mind traffic will also increase as many leave and enter the city to enjoy the holiday weekends. While this summer is coming to a close, remember Labor Day is still coming up. 

Keep the Electronics Cool

While it’s easy to get distracted on move day, don’t forget about your electronics. If possible, move any TVs and laptops yourself. If that’s not an option, make sure they are packed safely. Have them loaded into the truck last and unloaded at the delivery location first, if at all possible. This way they won’t overheat or get damaged sitting in a hot truck all day. 

While this summer is unlike any we’ve ever experienced, people still have to move. Be prepared and start planning early so moving is the least of your worries this year. 

Move day can and will likely be hectic. It’s easy to forget things, especially if you’re trying to coordinate with movers and secure your next home. While you might be tempted to skip the small stuff, we’re here to help you reconsider. There are helpful techniques that will ensure you have peace of mind on the big day. Avoid these mistakes and get through move day (hopefully!) without any problems.

Don’t Leave Appliances for the Last Minute

If you’re taking your appliances with you, be sure to prep them ahead of time. For insurance purposes, most movers are not allowed to disconnect or reconnect appliances to gas lines. Be sure to secure an electrician for both the move out and move in locations. As for refrigerator or freezers, defrost and dry them out. Any moisture in the van can ruin furniture and create mold. Start a week before and begin defrosting them.

Don’t Forget Your Valuables

While the majority of movers are trustworthy (606 Movers very much included in this category!), we suggest packing and moving any valuables yourself. This can include jewelry with sentimental or monetary value and important paperwork like passports. The last thing you want to stress about is your valuables on move day, wondering what box they’re in or if they were tossed out. Do yourself a favor and take these items with you. You do not need any more stress on move day. 

Don’t Skip the Final Walk Through

You are finally moved out! While this is an exciting achievement, don’t forget the final walk through. Check every room and closet one more time. If you live in an apartment, make sure you get one last look at the elevators and loading docks. At 606 Movers, we never want to forget or risk losing anything, but we’re only human. Another set of eyes and a final walk through ensures small items aren’t left behind. 

Don’t Forget to Set Up Your Utilities

If you are finally moving into your own home, don’t forget to set up your utilities. Alert your utility company and update it with your new location. The last thing you want is to move in and realize there’s no power. It’s an easy thing to miss with all the excitement, but keep this in mind!

While this is not an extensive list, these are some of the most common mistakes we’ve seen on move day. Take your time and start early to avoid forgetting any of these small but important tasks.