7 Tips for Moving During the Summer
It is understood that moving can be difficult, tiring, and stressful in any situation. There are many things that go into making sure you are prepared for a seamless and easy move; being prepared for the weather being one of them. While summer is a peak moving time it is also the hottest and most humid time to move so it is important to keep some things in mind while dealing with the heat throughout your move.
- Start early
You don’t want to be stuck moving boxes at 1 pm during the most intense heat and sun of the day. Start earlier in the day to avoid these hot temperatures. Try to avoid moving during the afternoon hours from about 11am to 3pm when it’s the hottest out and aim for an early start. If you have a moving company hired, they’ll usually prefer to move earlier in the morning for this reason anyway.
- Think about utilities before you move
Try to remember to turn on the utilities in your new home before you move. This will ensure that your air conditioning will be set up and ready to be turned on for you when you get there with a truck full of stuff. You, your family and your movers will be happy to enter your new home and cool down while unpacking.
- Wear sunscreen
Although it will be a crazy and hectic day, don’t forget to put on sunscreen! You may not even notice that you’re burning but you’ll be in the sun a lot on move in day and nothing would be worse than moving into your new home with a severe sunburn. Opt for a water resistant sunscreen since you’re sure to be sweating a lot in the summer sun. Reapply throughout the day so that you stay protected throughout your whole move.
- Pack accordingly
Packing accordingly with the heat is very important. There are many things that you’ll be packing up that won’t do so well in the heat in the back of a moving truck. Anything that could possibly melt from the heat should be packed separately and made sure that it is in the air conditioned part of the truck. Items such as electronics should also be packed separately and in the air conditioning to make sure that they are safe and protected from any potential damage.
- Have portable fans on hand
Head to the store before your move and get some cheap handheld portable fans. Even if they only last one day you’ll be happy to have them. You can bring these with you in and out of the house and also into the moving truck for some extra air. It may be smart to bring larger portable fans to your new home as well. Putting one on the garage will help to keep you and the movers cool while unloading the moving truck.
- Stay hydrated
Be prepared with lots of bottled water so that no one gets dehydrated. Lifting and moving boxes in the heat is very tiring and everyone will be sweating a lot so it is crucial to drink lots of water and bring enough on move in day for you, your family, and the movers. The last thing you need on an already stressful day is someone getting dehydrated or becoming overheated.
- Dress for the heat
Dress properly! It is extremely important to wear something that will be easy to move in while also helping you to stay cool. Stick to lightweight, light colored, breathable materials to help absorb more sweat to keep you dry. Avoid anything black or dark colored that may absorb the sun making you even hotter and also bring a hat to protect your face from the heat of the sun during your move.