For many people, the summer is the best possible time to move. After all, the kids are on vacation from school, the weather is good and it’s prime time for buying a new home, so it’s not surprising that round 13 percent of all moves in the United States happen in the summer 5 percent more than at any other time of the year.
If you are planning to make your own move this summer, before the removalists rock up to take your stuff away, here are some things you should do to take the stress out of your move:
A Month Ahead
A month before the day you plan to move house, you should start notifying all of the relevant people that you will be terminating service. You should also start looking for a quality removal company who offer value and expertise so that when the time comes to move, you can do so quickly and efficiently.
Remember that, when you are looking for removalists, you should always get as many quotes as possible, so that you can get the best price.
Three Weeks Ahead
Three weeks before your move, it is time to start taking inventory of your household. Go around every room writing a list of your stuff and start boxing up anything that you will not need between now and the move.
As you come across important documents, that you may need as you move, like birth certificates, school records, and passports, leave them to one side, and when you have time take copies, before storing them somewhere safe and accessible.
You should also try to weed out stuff you no longer need and either donate it, pass it on to friends or trash it depending on its condition. This will help to make your move a lighter one.
2 Weeks Ahead
Two weeks before you move, it’s time to start working out the logistics of your move by working out your travel plans, looking at the layout of your new home and how your furniture can be best utilized and making any special arrangements for pets and items that your remover can’t transport for you.
1 Week Ahead
It’s time to clean your home, pack up any last things that you’ll be taking with you and ensure that your home is as it was when you moved in. Once that is done, check the arrangements with the movers, ensure you have paid them and start eating any perishables you will not be able to take with you.
On the Big Day
When the big day arises, check that you have not overlooked anything like locking the windows or turning the power off. Pack enough water, snacks, and cold drinks to get you where you are going comfortably in the summer heat and then show the movers the pictures of your new apartment to discuss where you want your furniture to go. Now it is time to get moving.
Once you’re in your new place, be sure to say hello to the neighbors and offer them one of the cool beers you packed, because they’ll be a valuable source of information about all the best restaurants, stores and places you’ll probably want to avoid.