What do you need to know about a spring-time move? The weather is warmer, the flowers are in bloom, and the weather forecast calls for sprig showers galore. Before you prep, pack, or start the move-out/move-in process, take a look at what you need to know about moving in the spring.
Plan for the Weather
While the local meteorologist’s predictions may or may not come true, you need to consider the general type of weather expected in your region. It’s not likely you’ll need to worry about snow or ice for your spring-time move. This means you won’t need to invest in rock salt/ice melter or have shovels on hand.
Even though you don’t need to plan for a foot of snow, you should prepare for the possibility of a spring shower. To get ready for the mid-move weather:
- Have a plastic sheet or tarp ready. A stray spring shower can ruin your upholstered couch or lead to moisture-induced mold on your mattress. Stop these potential spring issues before they start with a quick cover (using a plastic sheet or painter’s tarp).
- Dress in layers. A chilly a.m. can lead to sweltering p.m.—or a warm, sunny morning move could turn into a cold, rainy afternoon. Dress in layers for a full day of moving comfort.
- Have plenty of help. The quicker your boxes, bins, bags, and furniture go from your home to the moving truck, the less likely it is spring showers will damage your belongings. A professional moving contractor with several employees can make this type of quick move happen.
Along with ways to keep your belongings dry and yourself comfortable, you also need to keep your home and its exterior safe for the movers. Have a rake or broom ready to sweep away wet fallen petals from flowering trees and shrubs or stray yard debris. Not only will the movers track the dirt-drenched plant-life throughout your home, but this type of debris can also pose a serious slip and fall risk.
Keep Allergies Away
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), over 50 million people in the United States experience some type of allergy annually. While this figure includes everything from ragweed reactions to food allergies, seasonal spring-time hay fever is a common issue that affects 20 million Americans.
If you’re one of the many adults with a tree, pollen, ragweed, or another similar type of outdoor spring allergy, make your move easier and:
- Take your medication. Did your doctor prescribe allergy medication or recommend an over-the-counter option? Take your medication as directed to reduce the itchy eyes, sneezing, and congestion you may experience during your outdoor move.
- Stay indoors. Is the pollen at a seasonal high? Even though medication can help, you still may want to stay away from the outdoor area of your home. Let the movers handle the home-to-truck transportation and stay indoors as much as possible.
- Schedule your move around your allergies. Are your allergies worse in the dewy a.m. or do they kick into full swing later in the day? If your allergies act up during a specific time of day, schedule your move around these high-trigger times.
Do you have concerns about the movers potentially tracking plant debris and other allergens into your new home at the end of your move day? Talk to the contractor about ways to reduce the risks. They may suggest the use of disposable booties (used after the movers go into your new home) or have another option to eliminate potential outdoor allergens.
Are you ready to plan your spring season move? Contact Dixie Moving & Storage, Inc. for more information.