Fall is one of the best times to move to a new home. Aside from avoiding the sweltering heat, the summer season is also the busiest time of the year to move, and the most expensive. While the fall prices aren’t quite as low as winter, you can avoid snowy conditions and extremely cold weather. Here are 5 tips for moving in the fall.

1. Choose the best movers.

With the busiest moving season behind you, you’re likely going to see a reduction in moving rates and availability. Moving rates are all about supply and demand. With fewer people moving after summer ends, your odds of getting a lower rate are better. Most people move toward the end of the month, so if you can, try to avoid this time period to really get the best deals. Call well in advance to ensure that you get the dates you want.

2. Pack wisely.

Rushing to pack in a hurry is a mistake you will quickly regret when you reach your new place. Store similar items in containers and label the boxes. This way, when the movers unload at your new home they can place the boxes in the appropriate rooms and leave less lugging for you.

You should also consider filling a box with essentials to keep in the car with you. Extra clothes, snacks and toiletries will be very handy to find quickly. You’re going to be exhausted by the time you have everything moved in, so having a few important items like this on hand will save you from digging through boxes for your essentials.

3. Think ahead.

Moving everything into your new home can be a hectic time, so make sure you plan ahead. With temperatures cooler now it is even more important to set up your utilities in advance. You don’t want to arrive at your new house and freeze the whole night because you can’t turn on the heater. Unpacking will be hard to do after dark if you don’t have any electricity. By setting up all of your utilities ahead of time you’ll be more likely to do your research ensuring you get the best deals and packages.

4. Clear pathways. 

Autumn is full of beautiful leaves that are enjoyable during a brisk walk but inconvenient when trying to move boxes. Keep your broom near the door on moving day. Before anyone starts walking boxes to the car or truck, sweep aside leaves and other debris that has fallen across the sidewalk. This is even more important after a rain. Leaves can quickly become slick and hazardous for people trying to carry heavy objects.

5. Dress appropriately.

The weather is starting to cool off so set out an outfit that will be comfortable for moving boxes all day. Shorts are probably a little too airy for this time of year, but a sweatshirt might make you sweaty. Go with a happy medium by donning layers. Find something that will keep you warm, but is still light enough for hard work.

We hope these 5 tips for moving in the fall will help you organize for the move ahead. For all of your moving needs in Guelph, Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo contact Mike the Mover to ensure a safe and smooth moving day!