Planning Your Summer Move

moveIt’s moving season! Did you know that 45 percent of all moves occur between Memorial Day and Labor Day? That means almost half of all moves take place during three short months. If you are planning on moving during the summer, here are some helpful tips you might want to keep in mind.

Reserve your equipment early. The earlier the better. With so many people moving in one short period, trucks and trailers are going to be in high demand. Don’t wait until the last minute to call your local U-Haul center, or stop by on moving day and expect to drive off with the truck or trailer of your choice. Just because the location has equipment on the lot, doesn’t mean it’s available. It could be reserved by someone else later that day. Calling ahead ensures that you are the “someone” with the reservation.

Plan your move during an off-peak time of the month. The last weekend of the month is the busiest for moving companies. Many people close on their homes or vacate apartments at the end of the month. If possible, time your move around mid-month. Lines at the moving center will be shorter and you’ll be in and out quicker.

Save on moving supplies. There are a few ways you can save on moving supplies.

  • Buy in bulk. U-Haul offers a bundle price that significantly lowers the cost per box. Make sure you keep your receipt, because they will buy back any unused boxes.
  • Save money on moving supplies by using U-Haul Customer Connect. It’s a way for people to exchange used moving supplies like boxes or the remaining wrapping paper or tape from their last move.
  • Take advantage of U-Haul’s “Take a Box, Leave a Box” program. In every U-Haul center there is a container where customers can leave used boxes. Check it out. You may be able to score some free boxes.
  • Put the word out with friends and family that you’re looking for moving supplies. A social media site like Facebook is perfect for this. You never know who might have a hidden stash of bubble wrap.

Skip the van line and opt for a DIY move. You’ll save money and your belongings will always be in your possession. Lots of people are drawn to the idea of moving with a van line, believing it’s easier and only slightly more expensive. But in fact, a DIY move can be accomplished for less than half the cost of a van line. No scams or hidden fees.

It’s hot! Make the moving process quicker with moving help. Sure, your friends and family are ready to help, and you only have to “pay” them with beer and pizza. But, as we all know, sometimes friends and family aren’t the most reliable help. Why not take the money you saved on moving supplies and a DIY move and use it to get some professional moving help? You can pick the price that fits your budget and read customer reviews. The moving helpers can load and unload your goods, drive your U-Haul truck, and even help you pack and unpack. Some moving helpers even offer cleaning services. Returning to your old place to clean up after your move is probably the last thing you want to do.

Stay cool. Make sure you don’t turn off your electricity until you are completely moved out of your old place. An air-conditioned home will make the whole process a lot more comfortable. Also, there are certain supplies you’ll want to have on hand during your summer move. Keep a cooler filled with ice and bottled water in the cab of the moving truck or your car. It might be helpful to have some non-perishable snacks on hand, like granola bars, nuts, or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

Make arrangements for kids and pets. Moving can be chaotic. If possible, have a friend or family member watch your children on moving day. Moving is especially stressful for animals, so it may be helpful to do the same with your family pets. If no one can watch your four-legged family members, you might want to make a reservation to board them.

Follow these handy hints and your summer move will be a breeze!