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Moving Tips for the Summertime

I’ll cut right to the chase. Summer in Boston is hot and humid. Right now we are apparently in Spring purgatory with this oh so lovely why-don’t-we-just-rename Boston, “Seattle”- weather.

Give it time though. It should dry out and heat up to egg frying temperatures soon.

But Summer really is the IT the season for things like real estate (when homes start to sell, which naturally means more moving), getting married (new couples want to find a new place to live) and seasonal work (housing needed for temporary assignments).

If you plan to make your big move in the summertime, here are some things you may want to take into consideration when planning this momentous occasion. Keep in mind that a lot of this may seem like “well DUH”, but we all need to be gently reminded that we shouldn’t do things against our better judgement every once in a while.

1. Sure it’s hot. Sure you might need a tan, but if you’ll allow me to be real for a moment, what you NEED are shoes. not sandals, not bare feet, SHOES. If you drop something on your feet, you can pretty much guarantee that your summer fun will  be cut short. While we’re on the topic of attire, you definitely don’t need to be in vogue by wearing your valuables. Save that for Boston Fashion Week. Keep it simple with a tshirt, light pants and sneakers. Anything you’re ok with getting dirty.

2. If at all possible, try to choose a cloudy day for moving. I know you’re probably thinking, “is she serious?!” , but yeah I kind of am. With erratic New England weather it can be hard to make that call. It would probably be preferable to have hot summer sun over rain if you can’t score a plain old cloudy day. But try anyway.

3. Don’t do a bunch of heavy lifting without help. Try to get as much help as possible, because if it ends up being 100 degrees, you don’t want to pass out on the sidewalk because you thought you were a superhero and wanted to prove your strength.

4. If you have original boxes for your technology (computers, stereos, tv and the like) use them. Add bubble wrap  to stabilize the items. Don’t forget to move all your cords and cables. if you have CDs, records, cassette tapes, ATRAC tapes(sure, why not) make sure to keep them extra safe because the plastic can melt in extreme heat.

5. Similar advice goes for wood items. If you’re moving from a cold climate to a hot day in Boston, rapid climate changes can damage hard wood and in some cases, plastics.  Take extra care of valuable items made of those materials.

5. If you want to use a moving service, shop around until you find the best deal. Find out about each company’s insurance policies and find out if they can assist with the packing. You DO have to work on that tan after all.

6. Summer is a great time to have a yard sale to get rid of all the stuff you’ve accumulated over the years. If you don’t get rid of it all, donate it. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

7. While you’re outside having this yard sale, start consuming all the frozen food that’s been in your freezer. This way you’ll avoid tossing it, or making arrangements to transport it in a freezer bag.

8. On that note, defrost and clean your fridge and freezer a few days before you move. You might even be able to store other small objects inside for the move instead.

9. Don’t forget to report your address change and transfer your utilities, It would be a bit of a bummer if you didn’t have electricity for a week in your brand new home.

10. And lest not we forget, get your self a top notch real estate agent. And wouldn’t you know it, but we have a bunch of them right here. A great agent can help you streamline that arduous moving process and provide his/her own great tips and suggestions as well.

If moving in the summer just isn’t your thing and you’d much rather wait, I don’t blame you. It’s less expensive and generally more comfortable to wait. For another option try opting for the middle of the month in late fall, preferably midweek to get the best rates.

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