School’s out for summer! This means most families will be planning their moves during this extra sunny time of year. More predictable weather, lots of sold homes, and less rigid schedules make summer a peak season for moving. If you find yourself in this situation, read on for our top summertime moving tips.
1. Get an Early Start
Planning is key for a summertime move. Scheduling your move as early as possible allows you to take advantage of all the extra sunshine summer offers and beat the mid-day heat.
It may be best to plan a break during the few hottest hours of the day to ensure everyone stays free from heat exhaustion.
2. Dress for the Weather
Light and breathable clothing is a must. Think cotton or sweat-wicking materials, loose-fitting, and no dark colors. So, if all black is your thing, this would be the time to bust out those lighter clothes that hide in your closet.
While it may be known as flip-flop season, when it comes to moving, close-toed shoes are what you’re looking for. This will keep your feet protected and comfortable for the long day ahead.
Don’t forget accessories! A hat and sunglasses are useful. The most important accessory of all? Sunscreen!
Additionally, if you live in an area that may get monsoons or the occasional summer rain storm, don’t forget to have a few items like a light rain jacket and umbrella available.
3. Stay Cool
You will want to ensure that you have your utilities turned on at your new place so that you can run your air conditioning. Having cool air running while you are unpacking will make this process that much easier.
You can also bring a portable fan (or two) to assist with keeping you cool. Think about this in areas that tend to be extra hot, such as the garage or second floor of a home.
4. Check the Calendar
Given that summer is such a prime time to be moving, there are a few things you can do to make things go smoother for you – especially if you will be seeking the help of a moving company.
If possible, plan your summertime move for a weekday. If weekends are the only option you have, just ensure you will be avoiding any holiday weekends.
5. Plan Appropriately
Once again, it’s all about the planning. You will want to begin packing ahead of time so that you can be mindful of how and where particular items are placed. Strategy is essential with a summer move because electronic items will not withstand hot temperatures.
Food and other perishable items will need to be stored in appropriate containers and climates to protect them from spoiling.
You will also want to have a plan for children and pets. With potentially dangerously hot temperatures and distracted caregivers, it is best to have procedures in place for how you will keep your (fur and human) children safe.
6. Bring a Cooler
Since you will be trying to make the most of the cooler morning and utilizing every bit of daylight you can, save time by packing a cooler with snacks and drinks for moving. We can’t emphasize enough the importance of staying hydrated! Water and sports drinks that replenish electrolytes are both good choices.
Also, if your previous home isn’t too far, you can plan to pack perishables you’d like to bring with you to your new home.
7. Avoid Heat Exhaustion
Heat exhaustion occurs when your body has overheated, and you are experiencing symptoms such as heavy sweating and rapid pulse. This is caused by exposure to high temperatures, so you will need to practice some preventative measures to avoid this.
- Drink cool water or sports drinks.
- Take breaks in a cool place.
- Keep a wet towel on your neck.
8. Hire Trusted Help Ahead of Time
One of the best ways to cool down? Hire moving professionals you can trust to get the job done efficiently and carefully.
Allow Elite Moving to help you with your packing and moving needs.