When faced with relocation, most people will focus on the internal factors of the moving process: general organization, finances, deadlines, hiring professional movers etc. In reality, people tend to underestimate the most influential external factor of them all – the season of their residential move. It significantly affects the decision making process and the overall outcome of the house-moving adventure. Summer is what you might consider the peak of the year when it comes to relocation. Roughly around 70% of moves occur during the May-September spread. Being such a popular period, moving in summer comes with certain advantages and disadvantages.
The good, the bad and the useful – Beverly Hills moving in summer analysis
In case you are considering relocating during summer months, you need to look at a wider picture before deciding. And if you already have your mind made, you might find something new to consider factoring into your summer move. So here is our modest take on the process of moving in summer to Beverly Hills.
The Good of moving in summer
We know what you might be thinking – how can sweltering heat be considered a good thing? Simple really – summer time equals clear and safe road:
- No ice or snow to cause complications when driving, which means no delays or accidents during transportation.
- Non-slippery driveways, which is good since it minimizes risks of damage during loading and unloading of stuff.
- Much more bearable since there is no frostbite involved. Level of comfort is high while risk of injury is low. And as long you remember to hydrate and not overexert yourself, the heat won’t be a problem.
Good weather also ensures that your stuff won’t get wet, moldy or freeze. And that helps when moving antiques or other items that are more sensitive to the weather. Moving in winter is problematic because of all the difficulties and inconveniences that come with inclement weather.
More free time
The school year starts in the fall, so if there is moving to be done, you should try to move before the new school year starts. Don’t forget you need to budget time to research good schools ahead of time, so summer is when you want to move to your new location. Besides, moving to a new location in middle of the school term is usually rather disruptive.
In addition to this, a lot of people take vacations during the summer, so they might be traveling, giving you a pass on hiring and conducting your move without any fuss. Also, this means that you might have more friends available to help you in case you decide on doing a self-move.
Real estate availability
The moving industry and real estate are intertwined – sell your old place in order to buy and move into a new one. Same goes even if you are renting. Basically, property moves along with people – especially in the summer. This is why it will be much easier to prepare your house/apartment for sale in addition to having a wide choice of new real estate.
Garage sale convenience
Moving in summer also means a lot of yard sales. Summer is the ideal time to get rid of unnecessary stuff and cash in some extra savings for your moving budget.
The Bad of moving in summer
Hectic time of the year for relocation
Summer is the time when high-school graduates move out of home to go to college, perhaps in another state. Even high-school graduates, who decide not to go to college or to take a year off, are also moving out of home in the summer. And if that weren’t enough, there are lots of seasonal jobs popping out in Beverly Hills during the hot summer days, which means a lot more people will be looking to relocate, even temporarily.
With all the reasons for moving in summer, it is not surprising to find the volume of moving that takes place during this peak season. So don’t forget that if you do have to move during this busy season, to allow for the fact that movers and trucks will be in demand. Also, it’s a good idea to contact your moving company before moving day and confirm that things are going according to plan.
Higher relocation rates
It should be no surprise that summer moves cost much more than winter ones. The demand for moving services is much higher, including renting moving trucks or storage units. It’s so high that most movers won’t even bother negotiating to lower their rates. On the other hand, negotiating a reduction of moving expenses in the fall, winter or spring is much more possible. But there are still ways to cut down your summer moving expenses (more on that later).
Tight schedules and very few openings
Professional moving companies are over-booked during the summer, and most of them will require deposit to accept your reservation. In most cases you can reschedule without having to pay a penalty, as long as you give them an advance notice. So book your reservation as soon as possible, preferably the moment your relocation has been confirmed.
Risk of rogue movers is higher
Unfortunately, summer is also the thriving period for fraudulent movers which use unethical (as well as illegal) tactics to lure customers. Make sure to inquire how to avoid scams and become a victim of fraudulent movers.
The heat is on
Together with all the household items that your selected moving company won’t move for safety reasons, the extreme heat in the truck trailer will prevent you from transporting any heat sensitive goods, such as electronic equipment, CDs, DVDs, candles, etc. Take note of such personal possessions. You can either take them with you or rent a storage unit to keep them safe until better conditions arise.
The Useful of moving in summer
Now that we’ve gone through the good and the bad sides of summer moves, time to wrap it all up. So here are some useful finishing tips for making your summer relocation much easier:
- Negotiate lower moving costs. Since this is the peak of the season, finding the right mover might prove challenging. So make sure to get at least three estimates worth considering. Also, makes sure to book the moving company well ahead of time, as it score you some additional discounts or points.
- Battle the heat during your summer move. Make sure to stay hydrated during the move. In addition to that, ensure that you have suitable work clothes and gloves for protection from cuts and injuries.
- Do good by your moving crew. Secure cold beverages for both yourself and your moving crew. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to also buy them some lunch or dinner once the work has been complete. And most importantly, remember to tip them for a job well done.