It’s no secret that summer is the most popular time of the year to move – about 70% of all moves take place between Memorial Day and Labor Day. And for good reason – the weather is nice, all homes look better in the summer, and summer days are long enough for a jam-packed moving weekend. If you’re planning on moving this summer, here are some tips to help you stay cool, calm, and collected – from the professional movers at Gallo Moving and Storage. 1. Plan your move for a quiet day Summer weekends are the busiest possible days to move. While there’s nothing wrong with moving on a summer weekend, you may have more luck finding an available moving company (and scoring a great rate) if you consider a mid-week move, instead. Remember that movers book up months in advance. The sooner you start searching for a moving company, the easier it will be to secure the team and moving date you want. 2. Plan ahead This isn’t a “summer moving” tip so much as it is an “anytime you move” tip. Still – it’s important. Moving is a big process – even if you’re just going around the block. You can’t afford to throw the transition together at the last moment. Instead, give yourself plenty of time and plan ahead. Here are a few perks of giving yourself a few months to plan: You’ll avoid last-minute, peak prices with moving companies You’ll have time to declutter and downsize your home before you move Your move will remain as organized and low-stress as possible You’ll have plenty of time to do your research and find the moving team that’s right for you If you’re moving this summer, start planning now. If you have questions, contact our team, or check out our Resources page for more professional moving tips. 3. Handle the heat While summer weather makes moving easier, it can also make for a long, hot, exhausting day. With this in mind, make a plan for dealing with warm weather. We recommend getting an early start on moving day. In addition to encouraging productivity, this also decreases the chance that you or your moving help will suffer heat exhaustion. Be sure you have ample water and snacks available, and that you take breaks when you need them – especially if you’re moving heavy items, or dealing with challenging moving obstacles like stairs. Finally, wear lightweight, breathable clothing that you can move in. 4. Protect your belongings Some items won’t travel well in a hot moving truck. To protect these items, you’ll need to make different plans for them. Things like houseplants, which will wilt and die in the back of a hot truck, candles, electronics, and delicate heirlooms or high-value items should be transported in a personal car, or with a moving company that can make special accommodations for these delicate items. 5. Get a quote As always, make sure you get a moving quote before you pack up and head out. Here at Gallo Moving and Storage, we make it easy to budget your move by offering two easy ways to get a quote. Either call our team for a free estimate or get a head start on your moving budget with our DIY video quoting tool. This fast, no-cost, no-obligation, free quote tool provides an accurate free estimate in just minutes – from the comfort of your own home. Click here to learn more and get your free moving estimate. 6. Prep your new home Make sure your new home is comfortable and welcoming by preparing it for move-in day. Turn the AC on to cool the home down before you arrive, and have utilities turned on before your move. If you’re moving long-distance, streamline the move by visiting your new home and making a floor plan before you arrive, so you know which rooms to place boxes in and exactly where you’re going to place your furniture and other heavy items. 7. Relax and enjoy Last but not least, make time to slow down and enjoy your new home! Moving is a big process, but it’s much easier when you plan ahead, declutter first, and secure the professional help you need to get the job done. If you’re moving this summer, Gallo Moving and Storage can help you pack, move, and plan for the most streamlined move of your life. Contact us today to learn more about our local- and long-distance moving services, or to book your move.