Although the summer months are technically winding down, that’s not to say homeowners and families across the country aren’t packing their belongings and moving to a new location. Whether the trek is short or far, home relocation is never an easy task, especially if the weather isn’t on your side. While moving in the winter may be difficult for only certain regions of the country, summer boasts the warmest temperatures no matter where you live, which can make packing, moving and lifting home goods all the more strenuous and exhausting.
Listed below are five tips to make the move go a little smoother if you’re relocating this summer:
1. Pack at night: Depending on where you’re living, the summer days can be unbearably hot. That said, Flatrate Moving’s blog suggests to pack during the evening hours, or when the temperature dips to one that’s more comfortable. This may work out well for those who work 9 to 5 jobs, as the only free time they have is at night anyway. The sun doesn’t set until later in the summer, but that’s not to say the temperature doesn’t decline during sunset and shortly before.
2. Don’t overdo it: This goes for moves during any time of the year, but it particularly applies to summertime relocations because people will likely need to take breaks during the day. Heat, combined with serious physical exertion, causes fatigue and the body to sweat. That said, homeowners need to make sure they’re staying hydrated and resting enough so they don’t harm their bodies. Citing the Institute of Medicine, the Mayo Clinic said that the average male needs about 13 cups of total beverages in a day, while women need about nine. Water and sports drinks are best advised during hot days.
3. Pack and unpack strategically: Believe it or not, there are ways to maximize efficiency when packing things up and unpacking them at the new location. Realtor.com recommends that movers plan to unpack before they open up boxes in their new homes by writing down where things should go. Major items should be assembled first as well, the rest can be filled in accordingly. Moreover, movers can change utilities and reroute their mail to the new address prior to the relocation as well so it’s just one less thing that they have to worry about.
4. See what tax breaks are available: Since the federal tax code is so convoluted, there are even ways to deduct moving expenses from your taxes if you meet specific requirements. The Internal Revenue Service suggested that a move relates closely to the start of a new job, the new job must be 50 miles farther than your former home. It also has to be full time, as new staff must work at least 39 weeks during the first year of employment. For those self-employed, they must meet this test and also work full time for a total of at least 78 weeks during the first two years of employment.
5. Make the move cool: We’re not suggesting that you put posters of John Travolta at the end location, but if you’re into that, we’re not judging. Industry website Moveline suggests that homeowners should put fans or window units in the new home right away, or at least turn on the air at both locations so entering both homes is a nice change of pace from the sweltering heat outside. Although it may not be enjoyable to move a ton of furniture and boxes during the summer, movers should at least try and be cool while they’re doing it.