Autumn is a wonderful time in the Midwest. The leaves change color. There’s a chill in the air that’s perfect for a hooded sweatshirt or a chunky sweater. And as much as Chicagoans love this time of year, people who need to move in the Fall months might face obstacles like leaves being brought into their home, rainy weather, and time challenges.
The good news is that you can have a smooth and successful move regardless of the time of year. Here is everything you need to know about how to move in the Fall.
1. Watch the weather
Since the weather in Chicago can be unpredictable, there might be a chance for precipitation or wind on your moving day. Rain, snow, and wind can slow your move down. It’s also a good idea to keep an eye on the forecasted weather for your move day. This will help you and your moving company plan for a successful move—even if the weather won’t be ideal.
2. Protect your floors
One of the biggest concerns that clients have when they move during the fall is protecting their floors. And you want to protect your hardwood, carpet, and tile floors from water, dirt, and damage.
Your move crew will have neoprene floor protectors on their truck. Think of these as a super long yoga mat! If you have a lot of long hallways or a carpeted area that the movers will need to walk across, just contact your moving company before you move day to let them know. Your crew can bring additional neoprene floor protectors as well as carpet covering to keep your floors clean and dry.
3. Clear leaves out of the move crew’s path
Leaves can be surprisingly slippery and hard to navigate. If your moving crew has to move the leaves out of the way or walk around them, it can slow them down. And since most moving companies charge by the hour, time is money!
Before your crew arrives, take a little time to rake or sweep the leaves out of any walkways, gangways, or pathways. It’ll help your move go more quickly and keep the movers—and the items they’re carrying—safe. Leaves can make moving in the fall a bit challenging, but the challenges are easy to overcome if you’re prepared!
4. Dress in layers for your move—and pack away those summer clothes
Changing Fall weather means that morning chills could become summer sweats in the afternoon. And you want to make sure you’re comfortable throughout the entire day. If you dress in layers, you can stay one step ahead of the temperature.
Although the weather might warm up during your move day, you probably don’t need those tank tops and flip flops if you’re moving in the Fall. So pack them up into suitcases or rental plastic moving bins. The more you pack ahead, the less you’ll have to stress about on move day.
As you near your move day, try to follow a moving checklist to keep you on the right track to a successful move. This checklist should include important dates and events that could affect your move.
For instance, if school is in session, you can anticipate heavy traffic between the rush hours of 7am-9am and 3pm-5pm. And if you live close to a school, your street might have parking restrictions for the moving truck.
Daylight savings time can also present a challenge to your move. If you’re moving in November, be sure to keep an eye on when the time will change. Also keep in mind that if you’re in a low light area, your crew can really struggle navigating dark walkways. So try to book your move in the morning if there’s not much light available.
Moving in the Fall can be tricky—and even a little messy. Fortunately, Move-tastic! is here to keep your move clean and stress-free. Contact us or request a free estimate to start planning your Fall move!