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Is it just us, or is this summer exceptionally brutal in terms of the heat? In New York City, this summer really is no joke, especially when you’re a reputable New York moving company. People move every day, especially in NYC because it’s one of the most populated areas in the nation. At Divine Moving, we are no stranger to helping NYC apartment owners move from one place to another when the sun is truly unforgiving. In fact, we often see those we are assisting struggle with the temperature more than we do.
Moving during the summer is all about preparation, and that’s from the actual packing to making sure you have enough cold water in the refrigerator. So, if the summer is such an excruciating time to move, why do so many people do it? Well, that’s because it’s all one big equation that’s relatively simple. Allow us to explain…
When you moved into your first apartment after college, you most likely signed the lease for the beginning of May (if you went home for a few months during the summer, you signed during June or July). So, as the years went on, each yearly lease you signed was up during those months. Hence forth, you’re stuck moving during the summer as long as you keep signing for a 12 month lease. So, if you’re stuck moving during the summer, allow us to give you some helpful tips that may help you out a bit.
Why Move During the Summer?
- The kids are out of school, so the school year isn’t interrupted provided they switch school districts.
- The US Military more often than not moves their personnel between May and August.
- With more homes being offered for sale during the spring, the real estate market sticks to their “warm weather cycle.”
- It’s not freezing cold outside.
7 Tips for Moving During the Summer
- Plan ahead. Since the summer is the most popular time to move, you can expect that moving companies fill their schedule relatively fast, so you want to make sure to quote at least three moving companies well in advance. Two months ahead of the move is usually recommended because if you wait until you’re four weeks out, there’s a good chance the moving company you want won’t be able to fit you in.
- Pack early. New York moving companies will offer to help you pack your things, but they may charge you extra. Consider whether or not you’ll be able to pack all your belongings by yourself or if you’ll need assistance. If you do enlist in the help of a New York moving company, that will also tack onto the time they’ll need to assist you which could in turn affect their booking you.
- Keep it cool. The summer is hot (obviously), so you want to make sure that the electric is on at your new apartment and that you keep it on at your old one as well. Even if your new apartment is initially cool, without AC the cool air will go right out of the propped open doors that the movers are using to bring in your belongings. You’ll also want to make sure that you have plenty of water for yourself, whichever friends are assisting you, and the movers.
- Dress appropriately. The last thing you want is to be wearing your casual pair of slacks or sweatpants when it’s over 90 degrees outside. Make sure that when it’s the day of your move, you keep out a set of clothes that are lightweight and not baggy. You’ll also want to wear closed toe shoes (even if it is sweltering out).
- Keep the candles cool. Everyone loves to have candles in their home. However, if you like your candles, you’ll want to take them with you in your vehicle rather than let them sit in the back of a hot moving truck. You’ll also want to carry CD’s and DVDs with you because the heat will warp them. This applies to all of your items that may be sensitive to heat.
- Consider your pets. You know how when people take their pets to the grocery store and they’ll leave them in the car, but they’ll crack the window? Well, this point is kind of like that in the sense that you want to take your pets into consideration while moving during the summer. Keep your pets in mind at all times when moving, whether you’re leaving them in the car or keeping them in the apartment. The movers will most likely prop open a door in order to make moving large objects into the home easier, so with that in mind, you’ll want to figure out when the right time is to move the animals. In NYC, there are plenty of vet clinics that will board them for one day, so you can focus on your move without having to worry about your furry little kids.