Sydney Brodie
May 23, 2024
Article type:
Moving Help & Tips
Applies to:
All Moving

Top 10 Tips for Summer Moves

The decision to move in the summer can be a double-edged sword. While good weather and longer days can make moving easier, peak-season demand can bring logistical headaches. But with a strategic approach and some well-timed tactics, you can boost efficiency and reduce stress during your summer move.  

In this guide, we'll explore ten key tips to navigate the unique challenges you’ll face while moving in the summer, ensuring your transition to your new home is smooth sailing.

Tips for Moving in the Summer

Summer is typically the most convenient time for people to move, which is why it’s so popular. While you can’t always control when you move, there are plenty of things you can do to make sure your peak-season move goes smoothly. Here’s everything you need to know about moving in the summer:

1. Plan Like a Pro

Don't underestimate the power of an early start. Book movers or rent a truck well in advance, especially during peak summer months. We recommend booking your moving company at least six to eight weeks in advance to ensure you get the date and time you need.  

2. Dress for Success

Opt for light, breathable clothing and sturdy, closed-toe shoes for lifting and maneuvering boxes. Sunscreen and a hat are a must for outdoor tasks.

3. Stay Hydrated

Stay ahead of thirst by having plenty of water on hand for yourself and your moving crew. Pack reusable water bottles to avoid generating extra waste. Consider offering chilled beverages to keep everyone cool and motivated.

4. Protect Sensitive Belongings  

Summer heat can wreak havoc on certain belongings. Pack medications, important documents, and electronics in climate-controlled spaces if possible. Consider using insulated containers for perishable food items during transport.

5. Move During the Week

Moving during slightly less busy times will help reduce stress during a summer move. One way to avoid the surge is to move during the week versus waiting for the weekend. While this might require taking some time off work, it’ll be worth the effort.  

6. Avoid the Beginning and End of the Month

Another way to avoid a rush is to move in the middle of the month when fewer people are moving. Most leases end or begin around the last or early days of the month. So, if your schedule has some flexibility, it’s best to wait until this rush has died down.  

7. Take Care of Pets and Kids

Summer heat can be especially tough on little ones and furry friends. During your move, make sure to prioritize their comfort. Find a cool, quiet space for pets with access to water, and keep kids hydrated with breaks from the sun. A little extra planning will ensure a smooth transition for everyone in your family, even during a busy summer move.

8. Set up Utilities Early

Setting up utilities well in advance, you guarantee a cool and comfortable environment to greet you upon arrival. This not only makes the unpacking process much more bearable, but it also helps avoid any unnecessary stress or discomfort during those first crucial hours in your new home.

While you’re setting up electrical utilities, it’s also a good time to knock out other transfers as well such as cable, internet, and your mail forwarding.  

9. Expect the Unexpected

Moving during peak season can be chaotic and stressful. It’s important to go into your move with an open mind and be ready to pivot if some unexpected obstacles pop up, such as:  

  • Delayed movers  
  • Traffic  
  • Weather interruptions  
  • Slower loading or unloading due to heat  

10. Celebrate the Small Victories

Moving in the summer is a marathon, not a sprint. Take breaks in the AC whenever you get overheated, reward yourself for completing tasks, and enjoy the satisfaction of conquering each step of the process.

Start Planning Your Summer Move Today

Moving in the summer takes a lot of preparation and planning, so book your moving company today. The team at Bailey’s Moving and Storage are seasoned summer pros, so we can help you move in peak season quickly and efficiently. Click here to get started with your moving quote.  

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