A little while ago we looked into the best time of year to move home, and found that Spring and Summer were big favourites with British movers. That’s why – following our top tips for moving house in the Spring – we’re putting our sunnies back on and diving into a brand new list of top tips for moving in Summer, too.
When we say Summer is a popular time to move, we mean really popular. With the long Summer holidays, good weather, and lengthier days, Summer is a great time to move house… and everyone knows it.
This means that getting organised is key. As soon as you have your moving date, get in touch with your chosen removals team to book them in right away. Leaving booking to the last minute might mean you miss out on the best removals company or, worse, get left with no help at all.
Start (Literally) Early
Sunshine is definitely more preferable to ice and snow when it comes to moving home, but bear in mind that heat can be dangerous too. The earlier you get started on your moving day, the more you can make the most of the cooler temperatures.
This also means you should be able to have the bulk of the hard work done by midday, so you can take a break or even get on the road when the sun is at its hottest.
Prioritise Heavy Items
Getting the heaviest items into the removals van first is good advice at any time of year, as it will prevent them from squashing anything else.
In Summer, however, this is also much kinder on whoever is doing the heavy lifting. Putting heavy items at the top of the queue will get them out of the way early in the day when it’s not too hot or humid.
Talking of heavy lifting, moving in Summer can be a sweaty business. Since you’ll need to turn your fridge off at least 24 hours before the move, it can be a good idea to invest in a cooler (or a simple bucket of ice) to keep cold water to hand as you move.
Don’t forget your removals team either! Make sure there’s plenty of water for everyone to prevent any nasty heatstroke or dizziness.
Keep Pets Cool
Moving can be extremely stressful for pets, and the hot weather will only add to this. If you have a cooling mat or a fan for your pet, remember to leave it out on the day. Install your pet in a quiet, shaded room to keep them cool and stress-free.
Better yet, see if you can call in a favour from friends, family, or a pet sitter to look after your pet on moving day – this is the least stressful option for both them and you.
Keep Children Entertained
The same goes for kids on a Summer moving day, too. Heat can make little ones fractious and overtired, so make sure they’ve got somewhere cool and away from the sun to play while you pack and load.
You can always help them to feel involved in the move by giving them something fun but useful to do, like labelling items with coloured stickers or drawing a fun illustrated map to their new home.
Prepare for Unpredictable British Weather
Much like moving home in Spring, Summer can come with its own heavy showers. The British weather is anything but predictable so make sure you’ve got a game plan should your moving day be suddenly beset by a Summer storm.
From raincoats and ponchos that will keep you dry, to waterproof packing materials that will keep your belongings safe from the rain, make sure you have everything you need for every weather eventuality.