May is National Moving Month—and kicks off the start of the busiest season for moving in the entire year. From Memorial Day to Labor Day weekend, more households and commercial businesses relocate more than at any other time of the year. In fact, it’s estimated that a whopping 70% of the whole year’s moving projects are planned and executed over the summer.
As convenient as moving over the summer can be for many people, peak season moving comes with a unique set of challenges that anyone relocating should be aware of. At ITS Global Relocation, we know how hard relocating can be during any time of the year—which is why we’re always ready to help people learn what they can do to prepare themselves for a successful moving project.
If you’re getting ready to move over peak season, don’t get discouraged just yet. Just ike at any time of the year, moving over the summer can be easy and stress-free—as long as you take the time to prepare for your relocation and to follow the proper steps for organizing a calm and enjoyable moving experience. For best results, take a look at these tips to help you prepare for the smoothest transition possible from your trusted Portland movers at ITS Global Relocation.
What are Some of the Challenges of a Peak Season Move?
Summer moving is unique from moving during the other seasons, mostly due to the high rate of people requesting the same services during this four-month period of time. There are some other challenges to look out for as well, but being aware of them and preparing ahead of time will help you to make a smoother move.
Here are some of the most notable issues that come with moving over peak season:
- Hot, Hot, Heat: Summer heat can be more than just uncomfortable—it can be dangerous as well. Make sure to plan your summer move appropriately to avoid dehydration, heat stroke, and heat exhaustion. For example, start as early as you can and take frequent breaks as the weather gets hotter. Also, drink plenty of water and turn on the air-conditioning system in both homes to provide a bit of relief in between rounds for yourself and your movers.
- Booked, Booked, Booked: The most reputable and established moving companies are often extremely busy between May and September.A particularly frustrating challenge during a summer move is experiencing a high volume of people trying to obtain the same services on the same day. Avoid this by booking as early as possible, and try to remain as flexible as you can be while scheduling your summer move.
Get a Move-On
Starting out early with any move during any time of the year is key to planning a smooth and stress-free experience. This is particularly important during National Moving Month and peak season. As soon as you can, begin planning your project (we recommend at least two or three months in advance—if not earlier). If you’re having trouble figuring out how to get started, get the ball rolling by beginning to reach out to reputable moving companies for a moving quote and consultation in your home. A qualified moving coordinator will know exactly how to begin your project and can provide you with important planning and logistics resources to help you get a move-on with moving.
Starting early will also give you plenty of time to hold a garage sale, donate your unused belongings to charity, and to get many other things done without rushing. Some of these important tasks include changing your address and registering your new one, scheduling utilities and other services like cable and internet at your new residence, making last-minute doctor visits and performing maintenance on your vehicle, and others.
Avoid Moving Scams
The peak moving season often means that the most reputable and professional companies are not able to provide services for everyone, especially for those that start out late in the game. What happens in many cases is that unlicensed moving companies, or outright scammers, begin advertising impossibly low rates to lure in desperate customers. Avoid losing your belongings or a hefty down payment by making sure that the companies you reach out to are real, licensed, and honest.
A legitimate, professional Portland moving company will count with full licensing and insurance and is often affiliated with a highly recognized, international van line like Bekins. Make sure that the company you hire is recognized by the BBB, has a full website and outstanding customer reviews, and is ready to offer a free, personalized pricing estimate in your home. Avoid moving companies in Portland that don’t seem to exist online, or that hide behind an inactive social media account, that offers too-good-to-be-true rates, and that isn’t registered with any local organization.
Portland Moving Made Easy
If you’re ready to start planning your move this summer, the time to start is now. The longer you wait, the more complicated things can get—so give us a call and let us help you make the most out of your peak season moving situation.
At ITS Global Relocation, we’ve been moving families and businesses during peak season and throughout the rest of the months since 1926. Our expert Portland movers are ready to handle any move of any size, whether it’s a local, long-distance, or an international relocation for a household, company, or industrial enterprise. To find out more details about our award-winning services, give our team a call to speak with an agent now. You can also get started by filling out our online form to request an in-home, free, and personalized moving quote.
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