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Tips for Moving During the Fall

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Fall is often considered to be a picture-perfect time of year - with mild temperatures, ever-changing outdoor scenery and pleasant weather, it is a favorite season for many. Not only is the fall a beautiful time to camp outdoors and enjoy nature, but it's also one of the best times for moving.

Benefits of moving in the fall

Depending on where you live, you’ll get to enjoy leaves changing colors in vibrant reds, yellows and oranges from the end of September through November, and a crisp quality to the air that isn't present during any other season.

We all know that the summer is the busiest moving season, due to the easy transition for kids in school, warm weather and longer days – but prices are high and moving companies are busy. Winter, on the other hand, has unpredictable weather conditions making it an unfavorable moving season.

Let's have a look at some of the benefits of moving in fall, as well as some tips to ease your fall move right along:

Get better service at lower prices: Moving during the fall will make your move more cost-effective. Moving companies are not as in demand as in the busy summer season, so you can find moving services at a much lower rate. You also won’t have to worry about a shortage of moving supplies during the fall, and you can probably expect to spend slightly less on these items as well.

Cooler temperatures: The cooler weather during the fall makes for a much easier move, especially when compared with the hot and sticky weather that usually accompanies summer moves. By moving during the fall, you can also avoid having to move during the winter with dangerous icy road conditions and the potential to have your move delayed by a snowstorm or other bad weather.

A beautiful drive: If you decide to move during the fall and you're traveling to a place where the fall foliage is prominent, like in the northern portions of the country, you can enjoy the scenery and the leaves changing colors, which is sure to add some enjoyment to an otherwise rather tedious journey.

Preparing for your fall move

For many people in the moving industry, the fall is the ideal time to move. The best way to approach a fall move is to prepare for some of the more unique conditions you may encounter during this time. The following useful tips can help you to minimize the stress involved in a typical move and make sure the job is done to perfection.

Make sure to clean and clear your walkway. Though the beautiful fall leaves are a symbol of the season that provide generous photo opportunities, when done changing colors, they must fall off the tree. When they do, they can create quite the mess. If you don't clean up the fallen leaves by your home, they can become wet and slippery over time and become a hazard, especially for your movers on moving day. Clearing off the fallen leaves from your walkway and other areas around your home should be your number one priority before the move. One slip and fall on wet leaves can be a disaster and it can lead to damaged goods and, even worse, injury for you or for the movers.

Wet leaves also tend to stick to the bottoms of your shoes. When you enter your home with them on your shoes, you can risk creating a potential hazard for slipping and falling in your home, as well as the potential for damaging your carpets or floors.

Tip: It is always a good idea to place a broom in front of the house, so either you or the movers can clear the way before they begin moving the goods. This can reduce the risk of new leaves being blown onto the sidewalks or driveway and creating a hazard.

Transitioning your child into a new school. While the fall is an excellent time to move, it also comes with some difficulties, especially if you have children. One of the reasons why many people with children choose to move during the summer is because of the easy transition between schools during summer vacation. However, the transition during the fall becomes a little murkier to navigate since the new school year has already begun.

It can be difficult for children to leave their school and classmates behind a few weeks or months into the school year, only to immediately begin at a new and unfamiliar one. To add to the difficulty, the classes are likely to be different, and your children will have to catch up with the rest of the class.

In addition to preparing your children for the change well in advance by talking with then and allowing them to ask questions, you should contact the new school well before your move. You can ask your children’s future teachers for assignments and well as supplemental material that may assist in getting your children up to speed.

Clothing tips for moving in the fall

The way that you dress plays a fairly important role when moving. To make your move comfortable and stress-free, you need to dress according to the season.

Make sure to wear comfortable clothes on your fall moving day. While you can't predict the weather, you can certainly plan for it, so keep your eye on the forecast and make sure to dress accordingly. Dress in layers so that if the temperature becomes cooler you'll be warm enough, and if it warms up by the afternoon, you can always remove some of the layers. Make sure your clothing does not impede your ability to move around or to carry heavy items back and forth.

Have a look at the following table for suggestions on possible clothing ideas for your fall move:

Season type and temperature Seasonal clothing
Early Fall - brisk, warmer during the afternoons, cooler at night Light-weighted clothes, cotton tee-shirts and shorts or comfortable jeans
Late Fall - much cooler temperatures throughout most of the day, chilly breezes Lightweight sweaters, jackets, jeans, long-sleeved shirts

Make sure to also always have rain gear on hand, not only for you but for your belongings as well, like tarps and blankets to cover them with. If it rains suddenly, you and your things will stay dry. Pay special attention to your shoes, as they may be slippery because of wet leaves. Do not wear open-toed flip-flops or sandals during your move.

Robert Moreschi  Posted by Robert Moreschi on February 20, 2013

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