With 70 percent of all moves taking place in the summer months, “peak moving season” is officially upon us! Unfortunately, these sweltering summer months – while popular – are a tough time to move. Not only will you (most likely) have to deal with premium moving rates but you’ll also have to prepare for dealing with hot and humid weather. Let’s face it, moving furniture and heavy boxes in the scorching sun is no easy task. To help you out, here are a few tips for moving in this summer’s heat. Good luck and stay cool out there!
Get started early
When dealing with a summer move, it’s always best to aim for an early morning move. In general, the intensity of the sun is strongest from the hours of 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. So moving during this time frame is not ideal. Overall, early mornings mean a much cooler move. Most moving companies will prefer to get started in the morning anyway. But if not, we suggest choosing a different move date – one where the movers have an early start available.
Wear the right clothing
There are several uniform rules to live by when dressing for a summer move. Make sure you’re wearing something made of lightweight, loose-fitting and breathable fabric, like cotton or linen. These materials absorb sweat and moisture, allowing faster evaporation so that you stay dry during the move. Tip: stay away from synthetic fabrics, such as rayon and polyester. Wear a hat that protects your head and face from the strong sun as well.
Bring plenty of water
Staying hydrated during the summer months is important. When lifting boxes and coordinating a move, you’re going to be sweating a lot. If you’re not replenishing your body with enough water, you could experience some seriously undesirable symptoms of dehydration. So make sure to bring a cooler of bottled water for yourself and the movers. To save money, you can also bring extra paper cups and ask everyone to utilize the tap water.
Turn on utilities before the move
Don’t forget the utilities! If you’re moving during the hot summer months, make switching on the air conditioning before you move a top priority. This way, you and your movers won’t be sweating to death on moving day. By cooling down your house ahead of time, you’ll be able to better focus on the tasks ahead, instead of on that sweltering heat.
Be aware that not all items fare well in the heat
When packing up your belongings, be aware that not everything can handle sitting in a hot moving truck for hours. Some of your items (anything that has the potential to melt) simply won’t fare well in that kind of summer heat. Make sure to pack these belongings (i.e. electronics) separately and get them inside the air conditioned house as soon as possible.