Summer Moving Guide

Are you preparing for a move this summer? Although summer is the most popular season to move, it also brings its share of challenges. If you’re looking for the most effective ways to tackle your upcoming summer relocation, we’ve got you covered. In this comprehensive summer moving guide, you will discover 10 simple steps to make your summer move feel like a walk in the park—or a day at the beach! Keep reading to discover the best ways to facilitate a successful summer move.


Easy Steps to a Successful Summer Move

In just 10 steps, you can unlock a successful summer relocation. Learn how to orchestrate your upcoming move below!

  • Budget for Summer Costs

Summer is peak moving season, meaning costs can be higher due to increased demand for moving services and supplies. Start your relocation planning by creating a detailed budget that includes all potential expenses, such as hiring movers, renting a truck, packing supplies, and travel costs. Consider any additional costs that might arise, such as temporary storage or hotel stays, if there’s a gap between move-out and move-in dates. Allocating funds for unexpected expenses will help avoid financial stress during the move, allowing for a more streamlined process.

  • Book in Advance

Due to the high demand for moving services in the summer, booking your movers or rental truck as early as possible is crucial. Ideally, you should secure your moving date at least a month in advance, but booking even further out can ensure you snag the date you want. Early booking not only ensures availability but can also save you money, as some companies offer discounts for early reservations. Don’t forget to confirm all bookings a week before the move to avoid any last-minute surprises.

  • Make Travel Plans

Whether you’re moving across town or to a different state, you should always plan your travel route in advance for the best results. Consider factors like traffic patterns, road construction, and the best times to travel. Book your tickets early to get the best rates if you’re flying to your new location. For long road trips, plan your stops for food, fuel, and rest breaks. Make sure your vehicle is in good condition for the journey, and keep an emergency kit handy. By thoroughly preparing for your travels, you will experience a smoother move.

  • Declutter and Host a Yard Sale

Moving offers the perfect opportunity to declutter your home so you have a clean slate moving forward. Sort through your belongings and decide what to keep, donate, sell, or discard. In summer, hosting a yard sale can provide an excellent way to get rid of items you no longer need and make some extra money for your move. Advertise your yard sale in advance to attract more buyers. Once you’ve completed the event, you can consider donating items that don’t sell to charity.

  • Gather Packing Supplies

Collect all the packing supplies you’ll need well in advance. This includes boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, and packing paper. Start packing non-essential items first, such as seasonal clothing and decorations. Clearly label each box with its contents and the room it belongs to in your new home. By taking these steps, you will ultimately save yourself time on unpacking. Don’t forget to pack a “first-night” box with essentials like toiletries, a change of clothes, and basic kitchen items to get you through the first day and night in your new home.

  • Protect and Prioritize Weather-Sensitive Items

Summer heat can damage certain items during a move. Items like electronics, candles, and perishable food need special care to ensure they don’t sustain damage in transit. Pack these items in climate-controlled boxes or move them in your air-conditioned vehicle if possible. Avoid leaving such items in the car or moving truck for long periods. If you’re moving plants, ensure they’re adequately watered and protected from direct sunlight during transit.

  • Plan for Kids and Pets

Moving can be particularly stressful for children and pets. Keep them in mind while planning your move. Kids should be involved in the process by being allowed to pack a special box of their favorite items. Arrange for childcare on moving day to keep them safe and out of the way. For pets, make sure they’re comfortable and secure. Consider having them stay with a friend or in a pet care facility on moving day to reduce their stress and prevent them from getting lost or injured.

  • Beat the Heat

Summer temperatures can make moving physically exhausting. Plan to move early in the morning or late in the evening when temperatures are cooler. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and taking frequent breaks to avoid heat exhaustion. Wear lightweight, breathable clothing and apply sunscreen periodically to protect yourself from sunburn. If you’re hiring movers, provide them with water and snacks to keep them safe in the exhausting conditions.

  • Power Up The AC

Ensure your new home is ready to provide a cool environment as soon as you arrive. If possible, have the air conditioning serviced and turned on a day before your move. This way, you can avoid the discomfort of moving into a hot house. If your new home doesn’t have central air, consider setting up portable air conditioners or fans to cool down the space quickly as you handle moving day tasks.

  • Prioritize Safety

Safety should be a top priority during your move. Lift heavy objects correctly to avoid back injuries, and use moving equipment like dollies and straps to help with large items. Clear pathways in your home to prevent trips and falls. Be mindful of the difficult conditions during this hot time of year, and take the necessary precautions to ensure you don’t face heat exhaustion. Throughout the entire process, take care of yourself and those around you.


Prepare for a Successful Summer Relocation!

With these steps, you can handle your summer move like an expert. Whether you’re moving near or far, these strategies will allow you to efficiently transition to your new home as conveniently as possible. Looking for a reputable moving company to help you through the process? Count on the team at RLD Relocation & Logistics to effectively handle your move. 

For over two decades, we have provided high-quality moving, packing, and storage solutions to customers in Ohio and beyond. Our expert services can make your move exponentially easier, no matter where you’re headed. Request a free quote online or call us today, and find out more about our highly-rated services at affordable rates!

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