I've moved in and out of dorm rooms, apartments, townhomes, and houses. Sometimes I used a moving company, sometimes I did it alone. I moved before I was a parent, and after. No matter how or where I'm moving, one thing remains constant: I have always moved best during the summer. It's my moving season of choice. The sun's shining and the time seems right for a fresh start.
If you're heading for a new home this summer, these six simple steps can help ensure you have a successful move.
1. Check the calendar. A well-timed summer move will take place in early or late summer, not in the dead heat of the summer months. Though it isn't always possible, it is definitely something to consider as you look to buy, sell, or rent a new home.
Similarly, don't forget that the schedules of moving companies (or the friends you'll use as manual labor) can be packed during the summer months. Hire or enlist help early.
2. Watch the weather and temperature. The heat of summer can make moving a bit of drudgery. Plan the bulk of your move for morning or evening, leaving afternoon for packing and unpacking indoors.
Similarly, keep an eye on the weather. If it's supposed to rain or thunderstorm, you may need to adjust your moving day itinerary.
3. Don't wait until the last minute. You won't want to spend your entire summer packing. Start to prepare for your move as early as possible, even if that means you'll have boxes around for a few weeks or a month before you actually head out to your new home.
4. Contact local schools and doctors before you move. Just as you won't want to wait until moving day to start packing, don't wait until you arrive at your new home to make arrangements for the upcoming school year, to look for a job, or to locate a new doctor, dentist, or pharmacy.
5. Make sure your utilities are set up before moving day. On a hot day, you'll want to be able to cool off at home. Make sure your air conditioner is ready to go -- you'll be thankful for it later.
6. Keep detailed records of expenses. In the summer months, the next tax filing deadline might be the last thing on your mind. Don't forget that some moving expenses might be deductible. You may also need to declare the funds provided by your company, if they helped fund your move. Keep detailed records of your expenses now so you won't need to hunt around for them later.