Summer is peak moving season. In 2013, 15.3 million Americans moved between June and August, according to the American Moving & Storage Association. Between 2012 and 2013, the most common reasons for moving were housing-related, at 48 percent, followed by family matters and employment. Renters were also far more mobile than homeowners, with 24.9 percent moving between 2012 and 2013, compared to 5.1 percent of homeowners, according to the 2012-2013 U.S. Census Bureau population survey.
Whether a homeowner or a renter, married or single, Mattress Firm and Homes.com offer the following moving do's and don'ts to help Americans simplify their summer moves.
1. Plan Ahead: The key to executing a move that is both efficient and stress-free is to plan your move weeks before the actual day. A moving file and calendar are great ways to keep all of your moving information, such as your lease or mortgage contract, utility hook up and power documents and other important information, in one place.
2. Get Organized: Organize boxes for their corresponding room in your new home, sealing them with colored duct tape to color code.
3. Don't Crack Under Pressure: Keep your plates in one piece by stacking Styrofoam plates in between each one, and protect glasses by putting them inside pairs of (clean) socks.
4. Vacuum Seal Out of Season Clothing: Don't waste time fumbling through out-of-season clothing. Not only will it take up less space and be a breeze to pack, but can go directly into storage in the new place.
5. Think of the Little Things: Keep sandwich bags handy to hold any small items you have to take apart, such as a mounted flat-screen television or your bed frame, and tape them to the backside. Label the bags accordingly, making unpacking and reassembling furniture a breeze!
6. Sweet Dreams: Check the mattress tag; if a mattress is over eight years old, avoid the hassle of moving it and arrange to get a new one delivered to your new home. If the mattress is still in its prime, use a mattress protector to transport it safely to a new home.
7. Green Thumb: Transport plants delicately by using a Christmas tree bag to keep all of the appendages safe and prevent snapping.
8. Survival Kit: Make life easier when arriving at the new home by packing an easily accessible overnight bag with clothes and necessary toiletries. Don't forget to include first-day essentials, such as a box cutter, paper towels, trash bags and power strips.
States with the highest number of total moves in 2013, both inbound and outbound, were California, Texas, Florida, Virginia, Georgia, New York and North Carolina, notes Homes.com. The Western U.S. experienced the highest moving rate, at 13.4 percent of all moves between 2012 and 2013, and the Northeast experienced the lowest moving rate among the regions at 7.8 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau population survey.