THE SUMMER months are traditionally the period when the removals market reaches its peak, with bookings up 50% over the rest of the year. As the temperature rises, Bishop's Move has some simple advice to prevent tempers getting just as heated.

Last summer saw over 200,000 borrowers making the move to a new abode, in comparison to under 160,000 between January and March. Parents especially take advantage of the long school break to minimise disruption for their children and allow sufficient settling in time before the new school year.

Even the treasured August Bank Holiday is no longer sacred, with families across the country turning their back on the traditional pursuits of DIY or gardening to relocate.

This year notwithstanding, the usually benign summer weather conditions are also a major contributing factor to the increase.

However, whatever the weather, golden rules for a stress-free move apply. Bishop’s Move – the UK's largest privately owned removals company – plans carefully and strategically for the popular summer relocation season and can give some invaluable advice on avoiding trials and tribulations as the temperature rises.

Remember to book in good time – book the removals company at least four weeks before the move date. Don't be left without a way to get a house full of possessions from one place to another – especially if long distances need to be covered

Ensure you book Cancellation Protection – no move date is ever set in stone and often the date will change at the last minute. By booking Cancellation Protection dates can be changed at no extra charge and peace of mind is guaranteed.

Hold back in booking your summer holiday – avoid booking a holiday until you are sure that the move is going ahead on the planned dates. Often last minute hitches lead to changes in moving dates and having to re-arrange an expensive holiday should be avoided!

Consider the impact it will have on your kids – try to remember, if you have children, moving in the summer will give you the opportunity to get it completed whilst the kids are off school, therefore allowing you all to settle in ahead of the new school year.

Things for the kids to do – if you do decide on a move during the summer months, make sure the kids have something to do. Being surrounded by boxes and not able to play with their favourite toys will only increase the stress levels in the house. Sign them up for a summer club or have a trusted friend look after them whilst you are organising and packing for your move.

Look after the Garden – Bishop’s Move's Guide to Moving Your Garden offers advice on digging up and transplanting, taking cuttings and the legal challenges of moving your summer bloom garden.

Take time for pets – Feline, canine, fish – whatever the animal, they still suffer from stress. Bishop's Move's Guide to Moving Your Pets offers advice on how to ensure the move is as comfortable for them as it is for you.

Nigel Bishop, managing director of Bishop’s Move comments: “We experience a significant rise in the number of moves during the summer months. We are careful to plan to ensure that we are able to satisfy customers’ demands during this period.’’

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