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40 million people across the country move each year, and of those 740 million 80 percent of those moves happen during the summer months. Summer in Valparaiso is considered peak moving season. But what draws everyone to move throughout the summer? Like every season, summer moves have their pros and cons. Longer days and sunny weather are major pros, but higher moving rates and less availability are the biggest cons. Even if the cons outweigh the pros, a summer move might be necessary due to this being the time when most lease agreements end and start. Either way, have no fear. If you plan and prepare, your summer into your new MJF apartment rental here in Valparaiso, Indiana will run smoothly with these moving tips.
IS SUMMER A GOOD TIME TO MOVE IN VALPARAISO?
If you’re on the fence about a summer move, you should consider the advantages and disadvantages. Based upon your list, you should decide what’s most important to you and make your decision. If you can’t avoid a summer move, it’s still a good idea to make a pro and con list. This way, you can figure out ahead of time how to prevent possible issues and difficulties associated with an off season move.
In Valparaiso, the most obvious factor when considering your new apartment or townhome rental moving date to add to your pro list is the weather. With harsh winters, summertime moves are a big plus. Another plus to a summer move is longer days and more sunlight. This allows you to wake up early and end the day late while maximizing daylight hours.
If you’re moving your family into one of MJF’s family friendly apartment rentals, a summer move could be best because school-age kids are on break. This means that they won’t have to change schools halfway through the year if you’re moving out of the district. If your children are older, they can potentially help with the move.
However, be prepared. As mentioned above, 80 percent of moves happen during the summer. Moving companies in Valparaiso and the surrounding areas are in high demand. Their prices will be higher, and they will have limited availability. To help offset this higher cost, consider moving during the week as opposed to the weekend. Typically, moving companies’ rates are cheaper during the week, and there’s more availability for moving trucks on weekdays.
PLAN EARLY WHEN MOVING IN THE SUMMER
The key to a smooth summer move in Valparaiso, Indiana is to plan and be prepared. Summer is hectic for movers, landlords, and renters. Making last-minute moving plans is not impossible but can be very challenging during peak summer months.
First, know when your current apartment lease ends and whether or not you will be renewing it. If not, start looking for a new apartment rental as far in advance as possible. Many apartment leases in Valparaiso end in the summer, so you want to beat your competition by looking as early as you can. It’s generally recommended to start looking for a new place about two to three months before your current lease ends. You can start as early as four months ahead of time, but you may run into availability issues.
Once you sign the lease for your new Valparaiso apartment rental, start making arrangements for the move. Moving companies are extremely busy during the summer months, so call as soon as possible to schedule. If movers aren’t going to fit into your budget, you still need to make early arrangements. Make sure you reserve a moving truck and asking your friends and family in advance for help.
Start packing at least a month in advance. This may seem like a lot of time, but it’s not, and it allows you to go at your own pace and take breaks when needed. Just make sure that by the time moving day is here, your boxes are packed, sealed, labeled, and organized before the movers arrive. The biggest mistake people can make while moving is not being fully packed before moving day.
PACKING TIPS FOR MOVING DURING THE SUMMER
Packing for a summer move in Valparaiso is another essential part of the moving process, but how to pack for a move isn’t always obvious. You need to be strategic about how and when you pack and unpack your items to avoid damages to your most important items.
First, make sure that the air-conditioning is running in your new place. Some items such as electronics, candles, food and other perishables can’t handle the heat. Consolidate these items together and pack them last. Then, make sure they are the first things that gets unpacked and settled in.
Another great tip is not to fill boxes all the way and to double check how heavy they are. Lifting a light box in an air-conditioned apartment is a lot different than lifting a heavy box off a moving truck in 90-degree heat. For most people, it makes more sense to have several lightweight boxes rather than a few heavy boxes.
Summer weather is known for pop-up storms. Even if it’s not in the forecast, it’s a good idea to plan for rain. Any small item that could get damaged by water should be placed in a plastic container instead of a cardboard box. Items too big for a box should be wrapped in plastic to prevent water damage. Even if you are 100 percent certain it won’t rain, putting items in plastic containers and wrapping oversized items in plastic is still best practice to prevent damage such a scrapes and scrathes that can occur during the moving process.
SAVING MONEY ON SUMMER MOVES
Since summer is the most popular time to move, it’s also the most expensive. But it doesn’t have to break the bank; there are plenty of ways to cut costs when moving into your new MJF apartment rental this summer.
Moving companies typically have higher prices during the summer, so consider doing the move yourself. Close friends and family members may be willing to help. If moving yourself is a no-go, shop around for moving companies. Be prepared for higher costs, but, as mentioned above, summer is the most popular moving season, so there is more competition. Don’t be afraid to bargain to find the best option.
Another way to make the move cheaper is to make the move quicker. Be smart about what you’re moving. Don’t move items like food or something that’s going to be stored in a basement or garage until your next move. Moving is the perfect time to purge, declutter, and start fresh by donating or tossing items you don’t want or use anymore.
Cutting small costs that add up is another way to save extra money. One box might not be expensive, but multiple can get pricey. Instead of buying boxes, ask around. See what you have and what you can get for free. People you know may have boxes or bins they can let you use. Places like liquor stores and bookshops will let you have cardboard boxes for free. Just make sure they’re sturdy, and don’t use boxes that were used for food because these can attract bugs. Another place to look for free boxes and moving supplies is social media. Get on neighborhood pages to see if anyone is looking to get rid of moving materials.
A summer move doesn’t have to be stressful or break the bank. Planning and being prepared for anything will help the move go quickly and efficiently. Hopefully, these moving tips and tricks take the stress out of your next summer move and get you into your new Valparaiso apartment or townhome rental on the right foot.
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