When summertime hits California, school is out, the beaches are full, and everyone relaxes into the ease of the fun summer season. However, the warm weather and sunshine doesn’t always mean that your summer will be all play and no work! For many residents of California, summer is the ideal time of year to plan and execute a household move—making it the busiest time for residential moving companies.

At Burgess North American, we know that moving in the summer comes with its fair share of benefits and challenges. The best way to ensure that you have a breezy summer move without the stress and hassle is to stay prepared throughout the process, and that’s where a moving checklist comes in handy! By breaking down your move into a manageable timeline, you can stay ahead of the curve and ensure that each stage of your relocation goes smoothly.  

Two Months Before Moving Day—Get a Jump Start on Planning

As soon as you know you are moving, or at a minimum of two months beforehand, it’s time to start finalizing the big details of your project. Knowing your moving dates, budget, and the scope of services you’ll need is the first step in planning out the process, which leads to the next big task on your to-do list—choosing a moving company!

You’ll want to get estimates from several different moving providers before making your decision, and it is important to find a mover that offers the following:  

  • Professional website and high ratings from past customers
  • BBB-accreditation and membership in industry organizations
  • Recognitions and awards for quality service
  • Affiliation with an esteemed transportation van line
  • Written cost estimates done after an on-site survey

One Month Before Moving Day—Start Downsizing & Packing

Once you have your moving dates in writing and a team of local or long distance movers onboard, it’s time to get started on the nitty gritty of getting through the moving process. This is the prime time to start making a big dent in organizing, downsizing, and packing-up your home, and there are several ideas that you can add to your checklist for the weeks prior to moving day:  

  • Hosting a garage sale
  • Collecting quality packing materials and supplies
  • Donating unneeded items to charity
  • Handling utilities, record transferring, and finance changes
  • Reselling or consigning high-value items

Moving Day—Control the Chaos!

It’s finally here—moving day, and you can’t wait to get through the final push of your summer moving project! While the end might be in sight, having a seamless experience when the big day arrives depends on how much you have prepared and followed your checklist over the last several weeks. To make sure that you have the best experience possible through the chaos of moving day, you’ll need to:

  • Practice Self-Care: Moving in the summer often means high temperatures, unpredictable weather, and a hot, sweaty moving experience, so don’t forget to take plenty of breaks, stay hydrated, and dress for the weather!
  • Be Prepared: You don’t want to be left scrambling when the movers arrive at your door early on moving day. Stay ahead of the game by ensuring that all of your boxes are easy to access, children and pets are taken care of, and everything is packed-up and labeled.
  • Pack Your Vehicle: Some items shouldn’t go onto the moving truck. Be sure that you are clear on any restrictions your provider has about moving items like household plants and specialty pieces, and don’t forget to pack your moving suitcase and any essential personal care items or important documents in your personal vehicle.

Want More Tips and a Free Quote for Your Summer Move in California? Contact the Experts!

In many ways, summer is the perfect time of year to plan a residential moving project in California—as long as you have a team of professionals on your side that can help you overcome the obstacles of relocating in this busy season!

Get the experience you deserve at a price that fits your budget when choosing the expert team at Burgess North American for your next household move. As an award-winning North American Van Lines agent, we are committed to delivering high-quality solutions at an affordable, honest price. Get started today by giving us a call or by filling out our online form for a free, in-home estimate! 

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