The summer is the most popular time of the year to move. It is easier because the kids are not in school and the weather is nicer than it would be during the winter. However, if you plan to move during the summer, here are the top five mistakes you’ll want to avoid when packing.
#1. Packing Food-Related Too Early
Dishes, pots or cooking utensils can be packed anytime. It might be a good idea to pack them earlier to protect them from damage while packing up the rest of your kitchen. However, if plan to pack your spices, wait until the last minute to pack these. If your spices sit too long in a warm box or hot truck for hours, if not days, some will go bad.
It would be best if you tossed out any flour you have. If you don’t, there’s a good chance that when you open it, you find small worms inside of it. It’s not that these worms magically appear. Many bags of flour have these normally harmless eggs in them, and the heat will hatch the eggs.
#2. Not Making Fans or AC Units Easy to Get To
When you move into your new home, you might not have all your appliances up and running right away. Your new home might not have air conditioning at all. Make sure you pack your fans and window air conditioner units so that they are easy to get as soon as you move in. Plus, if the property was recently cleaned, the fans will help move the air around and get rid of any leftover smells.
#3. Not Making a To-Go Bag
One of the most important packing pointers to follow is having a to-go bag. After a long day of moving, you do not want to go searching for essentials like clean clothes or toiletries. Your boxes of clothing might be in the back of the truck, waiting to be unloaded. Having a to-go bag on hand with extra clothing will make it easier for you at the end of the day when all you want to do is grab a shower and relax a bit.
#4. Not Asking for Help or Hiring a Mover Early On
Start packing early so that you will know if you’ll need help early on. You will have a pretty good idea whether you need help moving furniture or driving the truck. Since summer is a busy time of year for most movers, many will book up quickly. It is best to contact a mover as soon as you know your summer moving date for the best availability.
#5. Not Picking Up Packing Material Early
Speaking of the summer rush, one of the packing pointers you’ll want to follow is buying your packing material early. If you don’t, it might not be available when you need it.
Moving can be a stressful time, no matter when in the year you decide to move. But these packing pointers can help you avoid some of the downfalls of moving to a new home during the warmest months of the year.