It’s no secret that summer is the number one busiest time of the year to move. Summer is peak moving season, and hundreds of thousands of people make local and long-distance moves across the country and even overseas during this time. This can mean that summer moves will require a bit more planning and preparation to complete successfully—especially if you’re moving over the last weeks of summer. At 495 Movers, we’re dedicated to helping our customers make the most out of their moving experiences, whether they’re scheduling a move over the cold winter months or during the moving rush at the end of summer. In this article, we’ve compiled a list of some of the things to consider when planning your next September relocation.
What You Should Know About End-of-Summer Relocation
First things first, it’s important to determine what we mean by “the end of summer”. Summertime isn’t an official set of dates, exactly—and the end of summer can mean August 31-September 23rd, depending on who you ask. For movers, the peak season for moving starts on Memorial Day weekend in May and lasts until Labor Day weekend in September. Before these dates, and after these dates, you’re most likely to find the best deals and the greatest availability from your moving company.
This also means that end-of-summer moving can mean different things for different people, depending on when they’re moving and whether it’s actually at the end of summer or in the fall. For example, if you’re moving before school starts over the last week of August, you’re going to need to consider the fact that this is a very busy time for local movers. On the other hand, if you’re starting a new job in the middle of September and you’re set for post-labor day move, you’re more likely to skip the summer rush altogether.
Top Tips for a Successful End-of-Summer Move
In either case, a late-August or September move will benefit from early communication with your moving company for the best results. The best movers are very busy during peak season, or before Labor Day weekend. If your move has to be scheduled during those dates, it’s best not to wait too long to make your appointment. Waiting too long can mean settling on a low-quality moving company, or even falling victim to a shady one—as con-artists pretending to be movers often set up shop over the summer. For the best outcome, schedule your post-Labor Day weekend move at least two months in advance. For pre-Labor Day weekend moves, however, try to schedule even earlier than that. At 495 Movers, we recommend that customers begin collecting quotes and interviewing moving companies at least a few months in advance when planning a summer move to get the dates you want and to avoid paying last-minute rates.
Dealing with Traffic and School Sessions
If you’ve hired a high-quality, professional mover, you’re going to have assistance planning your relocation from start to finish. Your movers will help you understand what to expect on your chosen relocation date. For example, a Labor Day weekend move can mean sitting in holiday traffic for hours on the freeway if you don’t plan it just right.Back-to-school relocation dates are also important to consider, whether you’re in school or not. You’ll definitely want to be aware of or to avoid moving on certain dates altogether if you live near a college campus or campuses. Many students move in on certain dates at the end of the summer, which can mean flooded highways and neighborhoods, parking issues, and a wealth of other conditions that could throw a wrench into your plans for a smooth move. Check the Weather Forecast
The end of summer can still be as hot—or sometimes even hotter—than the middle of it. Even if the weather may seem to be cooling down a bit, temperatures can be unpredictable and can spike on certain days. Be prepared in case your relocation falls during a heatwave or other high temperatures. Know the signs of heatstroke and heat exhaustion and take plenty of breaks. Drink lots of water, and leave the AC running in both your old home and your new one to provide a bit of relief for movers coming in and out of your home.
Your Best Choice for Relocation in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
Since 2009, 495 Movers has provided top-quality moving and storage solutions for our customers across the East Coast and beyond. With customer-first policies like upfront pricing with no hidden charges or fees, we’ve made a name for ourselves as one of the best options for residential and commercial moving, and premium military moving services in the country. If you’re planning an end-of-summer move this month, we’d love to speak with you about our customized services that can help you organize an easy and affordable relocation. For more information, give us a call to speak with a representative now, or fill out our online form to get started with a free, no-obligation, in-home pricing estimate, and consultation.