Are you moving to a new apartment in Keego Harbor? Well, congrats! Keego Harbor is a beautiful area of Michigan with a wealth of recreational activities, incredible beaches, thriving businesses, and convenient access to major roads and freeways.
With that being said, if you are moving to Keego Harbor in the summer, then get ready to deal with some serious heat. Currently, temperatures are already in the 90s, with no signs of a cold front. Thus, to beat the heat, you should start planning your apartment move, if you haven’t already.
The reality is summer is peak season for moving, and many people use movers to speed the process up in the sweltering heat. If you are looking at hiring movers, then be mindful of the day (avoid weekends and peak days of the month) as well as the times available (midday moving is a no-no). Of course, getting exactly what you want during peak season can be pricey, so price compare to ensure you are getting the best rates.
Once you’ve figured out the movers, consider the following five tips to make your move to your new Keego Harbor apartment this summer a little easier.
#1. Prepare Before the Movers Come
To ensure your move goes as smoothly as possible, be fully packed in an organized fashion. This means getting rid of or donating items you don’t need, first and foremost. Once you have reduced the clutter, try selecting boxes of the same size for easy loading and unloading. Labeling all boxes clearly and double-checking that you have everything are also important. So, make sure you take inventory.
Additionally, it is beneficial to go over your new apartment’s layout or access points with your movers. For instance, if you have chosen an upper-level unit and the apartment complex doesn’t have elevators, it is helpful to tell the moving company upfront. This allows them time to secure the right people for the job and to provide you with the right moving equipment.
Moreover, you should also consider separating out items that are vulnerable to heat. In fact, if possible, try transporting these items yourself so that they can be unpacked sooner. Typically, things that are vulnerable to heat include food, medications, electronics, batteries, artwork, and household products/décor that will melt on a hot day.
Also, consider packing an overnight bag or two to put in your car. Having a packed suitcase with the essentials for you, your family, and your pets will make settling in a whole lot easier.
Finally, don’t forget to have your utilities turned on beforehand, including the air-conditioner.
#2. The Early Bird Catches the Worm
Another way to beat the heat is to schedule your move for earlier in the morning. In general, there are fewer people out, and it is cooler outside. With less traffic and cooler temps, you can quickly get to your new location and not suffer from heatstroke during the move itself.
Besides heat stroke, keep an eye out for heat rash or exhaustion. By limiting your time outside, staying hydrated, wearing the right clothing, and applying SPF, everyone can stay safe during the move. Along those same lines, don’t be that person who only looks out for themselves, make sure your movers are staying hydrated as well.
Being able to secure a prime time slot is not something you can do the night before. Remember, summer is peak moving season. Thus, the sooner you reach out to a licensed moving company, the more likely you will be able to lockdown a morning time slot.
Nevertheless, if you need to move on short notice or a specific day with no morning availability, then consider a late afternoon or early evening move. This will help to resolve scheduling conflicts and keep everyone out of the high noon sun.
#3. Help You Help Yourself
In a perfect world, you wouldn’t have to lift a finger during your move. However, even with the best help and movers, you may still find yourself carrying a few boxes. Thus, to make moving easier on yourself, purchase or bring your own dollies. Dollies are great for moving multiple boxes at a time. Moreover, dollies do most of the grunt work when moving the more substantial items, so it is virtually impossible to overdo it. If you don’t own any dollies or have no clue where to buy one, have no fear, most moving companies allow you to rent them.
Another work smarter, not harder, moving tip is to take pictures of your electronics. By snapping a few shots of the wiring or hookup situation before you pack, you can save yourself time. This way you will relieve needing to spend hours wondering which cord goes where to make the TV work.
Also, pre-move photos come in handy. If any damage is done to your belongings, especially any of your more expensive items, you have the evidence that it was in good condition prior to the move. Most licensed movers are cautious with people’s stuff, but accidents do happen. Pre-move condition evidence will ensure you can file a claim with either your renters’ insurance company or the movers.
#4. Take Care
Generally, moving takes a couple of hours with or without help. Once you factor in the time spent driving, actually unloading, and more, you could easily find yourself spending most of the morning moving.
Hours moving in intense heat is almost a surefire way to become dehydrated. Thus, it helps to have ample water on hand. Moreover, if you have time the night before, pack some healthy snacks for you and the crew. Fresh fruits, bagels, and water can show you are appreciative, plus keep everyone from getting “hangry.”
In addition to fueling your body for a move, it never hurts to get adequate rest before move-in day. If you have already packed, there is absolutely no reason you should be up at 3AM when you’ve scheduled movers for 8AM. Get some shut-eye, so you are refreshed and ready to make things happen.
You should also take the time to stretch and wear the right clothing (think gym wear as moving is indeed a workout) if you plan to be doing a lot of the lifting or unpacking.
#5. Don’t Be Superman or Superwoman
All this planning and being on a tight schedule can make you feel like you need to get it all done in one day. That kind of thinking is usually how things get broken or left behind. Therefore, consider taking your time, especially if you didn’t hire movers.
Even if you did hire them, that doesn’t mean your entire apartment needs to be together by the time the truck drives away. Instead, unpack what you can and save the rest for another day. Remember, if you have an overnight bag for yourself and your cat, there shouldn’t be anything you need immediately.
Lastly, speaking of furry friends or kids, consider getting a sitter and take a load off; you don’t have to worry about everything all time.
Moving during the summer is no walk in the park, but if you take the time to prepare properly, you can save yourself a lot of unnecessary drama. Even if you are a procrastinator at heart, at very least book the movers as soon as possible. Remember, Keego Harbor has beaches, hiking trails, biking paths, waterfront restaurants, and more. Wouldn’t you rather move into your apartment with ease and head out to the beach for an afternoon paddle board game instead? Well, you can do that if you take these five tips to heart.