summer move

For some people, moving is the beginning of a new adventure filled with fun memories and experiences. For others, it is simply a nightmare, thanks to the complexities of transporting your entire life in boxes. For many, it’s both. However you view the moving process, most people can agree that moving in the summertime is a miserable experience without the right preparation. If you’re due for a move this summer, there’s no time like the present to start making a checklist of tasks to complete before the big day to make the process easier overall. Try starting with these tasks to get on the right track.

Downsize

It’s never too early to begin preparing for your summer move, especially if you happen to live in a larger home. Decluttering your home and prioritizing your belongings is an important step to ensure you aren’t doing more work than necessary on the date of your move. This task can be started weeks or even months in advance, giving you plenty of time to purge your unwanted items and acquire packing materials for those you want to keep.

When downsizing, it’s easiest to tackle the job room-by-room. For example, you may choose to get rid of all your unnecessary possessions in your bedroom one week. The next week, you may move on to the bathrooms. Later, the kitchen. The order in which you declutter your rooms is entirely up to you, but it requires discipline and adherence to a schedule to ensure your home is sufficiently downsized in time to start packing.

If you aren’t sure which items to keep and which to throw away or donate, consider these questions:

  • Have you used it in the last six months (12 months for holiday items)?
  • Do you have duplicate items?
  • Does it have irreplaceable sentimental value that you would miss terribly?
  • Is it old, worn or nearly unusable?
  • Would it be replaced in the near future anyway?

These questions can help you gauge whether or not an item should be kept or given up. If others could use it, try donating it instead of throwing it away. Otherwise, recycling and trashing your unwanted items is the way to go.

Get Quotes

Securing a reliable, honest moving company to help you handle your possessions during your move may seem like a breeze, but it’s important you know who you’re going into business with. Hiring movers isn’t just about getting the nearest company to haul the heavy stuff. It’s also about finding a team that will help you along the way to reduce your stress and take great care to make sure your belongings make it to your destination safe and sound.

Shop around for quotes from at least three moving companies to get a good sense of what your options are. However, don’t be tempted by companies that lowball your quote just to get you in a contract. These shady business practices are unethical and often end up costing you more money later on when you’ve already committed. Remember: You get what you pay for, so don’t go with the company that offers the lowest quote simply because they’re cheaper.

Consider what the cost gets you. Do they conduct a background check on their movers? Do you get a Personal Move Coordinator who w