If you’re like most people, the best time to move is during the summer months. The weather is sunny, kids are out of school, and you’ve probably got some vacation time saved up. The downside is that great minds think alike, which is why summer is known as peak moving season.

What does that mean for you and your family and how should you plan a move during this time of year?

Though moving can be difficult at best, getting started is easy! Just follow these five simple steps and you’re well on your way.

1. Understand Peak Season Moving Problems

It makes sense that most residential relocations are conducted during spring and summer months, and there are some important things to keep in mind that will make planning during peak season much simpler.

·  Movers are in demand: Quality moving companies are booked up fast, so you’ll want to make sure your choices aren’t limited by securing your mover quickly.

·  Your summer is sacrificed: Who wants to spend their whole summer break moving? Planning ahead helps you save time for doing those sun-filled activities you love.

·  There’s a lot to get done: Summertime is busy for everyone, so the sooner you get going the easier your transition will be.

2. Choose a Moving Date

Getting started early is obviously important, but where do you begin? To get your gears going, the first thing you should do is set a moving date. Although you should allow for some flexibility to account for unforeseen challenges, having a date in mind will help you with the next phase of peak season planning.

3. Create a Moving Checklist

So much to do and so little time, right? You’ll feel accomplished once you have a to-do list in place—and even better once you start checking things off! If you’re not sure what to include on your moving checklist, here are some ideas to get your mind flowing:

·  Put in a change of address with the post office.

·  Research utility companies in your new area and schedule a setup date.

·  Locate important documents and put them in a safe place.

·  Get your vehicle inspected before travel.

·  Sort through belongings to decide what goes and what doesn’t.

·  Have a garage sale or donate items you won’t be taking with you.

4. Determine Your Budget

Moving during peak season will cost more, but there are some things you can do to save money. First of all, compare moving companies to make sure you’re getting the best rates. Just be careful. If a rate is too good to be true, then you’re probably going to end up with damaged property or otherwise underqualified service. A reliable moving company will provide up-front pricing and help you create a custom moving plan to suit your budget.

5. Compare Moving Companies

When looking for dependable movers, comparing pricing is just the first step. You’ll also want to make sure that the company you choose is BBB-accredited, insured, experienced in managing your type of relocation, and able to demonstrate consistent results that customers can trust.

Whether you need quality long distance moving services for your household or help managing a local office relocation, Thomas Transfer & Storage provides the solution you need at a reasonable price. Get started with a free cost estimate and custom moving plan today!