Summer is without a doubt the busiest time of year for the moving industry. But why is this?

Summer MovingThe number one reason summer moving is so common is the weather! Everything is harder in the winter. The cold makes moving extra challenging, with icy roads and sidewalks, snow banks hindering parking, and frozen hands and feet. Moving when the weather is warm has none of these drawbacks.

Yes, it can be hot, sweaty work, especially here in the Austin area where the temperatures soar into the triple digits for weeks at a time, but trust us, summer moving goes so much better in so many ways than winter moving. Winter weather can often cause delays for people who are moving, but even when it’s blistering hot there are rarely weather delays on summer moves.

Summer Is Also the Busy Season for Real Estate

People like to move when the kids are out of school, and that means they wait until summer to sell the house and make that trek across town or move across the country. Moving in the middle of the school year can be stressful for all involved, so waiting until the end of the school year gives everyone time to adjust and get settled before the new school year starts up in the fall. Older kids also move out of their parents’ homes to head for college in the summer, and college students typically finish their studies in the summer and then relocate for employment  (or move back home with mom and dad!).

Don’t Forget That Summer Is Wedding Season

Weather and the school year may have something to do with why people choose to get married in the summer months. And what do people do once they are married? That’s right, they move into a new home together after the wedding!

Whatever your reason for moving during the summer, remember that since it is peak season movers and trucks will be in high demand. Be sure to leave yourself plenty of time to find an available mover for the date you desire. If you have any flexibility with your move date, try to avoid moving on the weekends or during the peak end-of-the-month time period. These times are the busiest for movers, and even if you do schedule well in advance there are sometimes unavoidable delays due to the full schedule.

Need To Move This Summer?

Elephant Moving maintains crews of professional movers all year round (we don’t use day labor or sub-contractors); our field crews are trained in how to maneuver and transport household goods in the most careful and efficient manner using techniques that have been developed by us over 12 years in the moving industry.

Every crew member goes through a background check and doesn’t hit the field before he is aware of all the aspects of household moving during the summer.

As we all know, the temperature in Austin routinely climbs past 100 degrees Fahrenheit – Elephant Moving makes sure that the crew is capable of working in extreme weather conditions and that they have enough water with them for their day of work.

Your local Austin and San Antonio movers are affiliated with all the major truck rental companies in town in order to supplement our fleet of trucks whenever necessary. Elephant Moving can provide the trucks needed for any size move on short notice.

Summer is hectic, but with our movers, we ensure that every customer gets their money’s worth on each and every move!

moving particle board furnitureThinking About Moving Particle Board Furniture?

A helpful tip from your friendly Austin movers.

Furniture manufactured from pressboard and particle board furniture are designed to go into a box when it is moved from the manufacturer to the retailer then to the customer unassembled.

Press boards and particle boards are not built to withstand the normal stresses of a move as an assembled unit.

Most are not designed with the extra wood structural pieces to adequately brace the unit for movement out of or into a residence or office, nor the normal moving truck vibration, even in air-ride moving trailers. Usually, chips or dents are not repairable. Surface impressions can be made on the furniture when writing on a single piece of paper – you can imagine how it must fare when stacked in a moving truck.

Is Particle Board Furniture Covered By Moving Insurance?

Assembly instructions frequently suggest that connecting hardware pieces be glued in place. This does not significantly improve the structural integrity of the furniture but does make disassembly impossible without creating substantial, irreparable damage.

For these reasons, moving companies and third-party insurers do not offer increased insurance coverage for these types of items.

Elephant Moving’s movers will do their best to transport these items for you in a safe and careful manner, but because pressed wood furniture is so unstable we are unable to offer increased cargo valuation or increased insurance on these pieces.

If damage does occur you will be able to submit a claim only for the basic cargo valuation coverage of $.60 per pound. Full replacement value insurance excludes these items.

Pressed wood and particle board furniture is moved at your own risk!