Moving into a manufactured home in Fenton, Michigan, is a dream come true. This area of Michigan has it all with amazing suburban communities, a wealth of recreational parks, a lively downtown district, and access to major metro-Detroit cities. And to even make it better, the cost of living is below the national average, both unemployment and crime rates are lower here than in other areas in Genesee County, and Fenton has excellent schools. In terms of manufactured/mobile homes, Fenton’s manufactured homes are contemporary and have a variety of community perks to boot.
If you’re moving to Fenton this Summer, it’s highly recommended that you don’t overlook the temperature on move-in day. During the Summer, Fenton tends to be slightly warm. Yet despite the heat, it’s still peak moving season and movers book up fast. Therefore, consider getting ahead of the crowd and start planning today.
If you need some warm-weather moving guidance, here are five tips to help you get a handle on your move and make summertime in your new Fenton manufactured home as pleasant as possible.
#1. Consider the Logistics Before Moving
Typically, for a move to go off without a hitch, you need to be prepared. Often, when moving, you learn a lot about what you actually use and don’t use. So, before you start packing up your entire apartment or house, consider getting rid of some of the clutter first. Not only will downsizing make for a smoother move, but it will also make unpacking and settling into your new manufactured home a breeze.
Besides decluttering, it’s highly recommended that you measure your new space. For instance, if you have a sectional now, but no room for a sectional in your new home, it’s better to figure that out now rather than later.
Other formal logistics includes speaking with your community management team so you can get a rundown of the park rules, utilities, move-in procedures, and more. Familiarizing yourself with your future community will make moving easier and answer any move-in procedure questions you may have, like where to park the moving truck so it’s not blocking anyone in.
#2. Learn the Community/Park
Along those same lines, it never hurts to learn more about your future mobile home community. If there are strict rules about what can be displayed or left in your front yard, you probably want to know.
Furthermore, during the actual move, consider exchanging pleasantries with your neighbors. Getting to know your neighbors is the quickest way to get a lay of the land and help you navigate the area. Moreover, if you have children, your neighbors can advise you on the schools in the area, playgrounds/teen hangouts, and even give you valuable recommendations for sitters, plumbers, and so on.
Speaking of plumbing, don’t forget to familiarize yourself with your home’s pipes, circuit breaker, water heater, etc. Knowing where everything is located upfront takes away a lot of guesswork and gives you a chance to see if any repairs are needed before you get settled in.
#3. Pack Right the First Time
By now, you should have a better understanding of what you need to pack and, in general, of your community. So, it’s only natural that the packing comes next.
To make packing as stress-free as possible, there are a few tricks of the trade you should consider. For starters, purchase or try to use boxes that are all the same size. Doing so will make loading the truck a lot less cumbersome for both you and the movers.
You should also clearly label, and even color-code, the boxes so you won’t spend hours searching for your silverware. Note that fragile items like artwork or electronics that could be damaged in the Summer heat should be packed with extra care. You may even want to consider loading those items in your car to prevent any damage during transport and to allow for faster unloading.
When loading the truck, if you opted not to go with movers, try loading the heavy furniture first. Be as creative as possible when loading up the moving van. The more room you can create, the fewer trips you will have to make.
#4. Seriously Consider Movers
Of course, if you prefer to hire movers, then most of the truck-loading guesswork will fall to them.
Since you are moving during the Summer months, you should seriously consider movers. Having professional assistance will make your move more streamlined and less labor-intensive for you.
If this sounds good to you, then make sure you do your research and book in advance. As briefly mentioned, Summer is peak moving season, so the early bird definitely catches the worm here. Book as early as possible and always compare pricing.
Once you’ve selected your moving company, it’s also a good idea to discuss the particulars with your movers. If they are going to need extra manpower or will need to get a little creative making things fit, then tell them upfront.
Finally, when booking movers, try to secure an early morning or late afternoon time slot, if possible. Remember, moving is hard work in general, and it’s even harder in the sweltering heat, so avoid midday moves at all costs.
#5. Prep For Move-In Day
Lastly, when your special day arrives, don’t forget, there is still some prep work to be done on your end. This means getting a good night’s sleep, wearing the right clothes, and packing the essentials in a separate box or bag.
You should also change your mailing address a few days prior to moving, if not sooner. Waiting until after you have moved in, may mean you do not get your mail for a few weeks.
During the actual move itself, it’s crucial that you and your movers stay hydrated. Big moves in Summer always come with a possibility of heatstroke, heat exhaustion, and dehydration. Therefore, making sure everyone stays properly hydrated and is wearing the appropriate clothing is essential. Sunscreen and a pre-air-conditioned home will also help to stave off the effects of the sun or intense heat.
Furthermore, you should take additional steps to ensure your children and pets are being properly looked after. Leaving your kids to play outside while you are moving or leaving pets in carriers or cages could create a host of problems. Thus, we suggest hiring a sitter for both children and pets. You can leave them with family if you prefer as well. This way, you do not have to keep a constant eye on anyone or your overly curious dog. Nevertheless, if you decide to bring the whole lot instead, make sure you have extra water on hand and healthy snacks for everyone.
Once the last box is off the truck, take a break. No one expects you to be able to do it all in one night. In fact, give yourself a full day or two to get unpacked.
Unpacking should not be too difficult if everything is labeled correctly and color-coded. Moreover, you really only need to unpack the essentials as soon as possible. Typically, bedding and kitchenware are the two main essentials that people tend to unpack first. Plus, thanks to your overnight bag(s) that you packed in the beginning, you should have clothes, toiletries, food, and more readily available.
Ultimately, relocating to a new manufactured home in Fenton should be exciting for the whole family. Don’t let the heat or a little extra prep work rain on your parade. Instead, follow these tips and make your summertime move seamless.