Whether you’re avoiding moving during the harsh winter weather or are fitting that move in while your kids are on break, the warmer season is a popular time for many to plan their move. However, a summer move requires a fair amount of preparation and planning compared to the average move. Here’s how to make your move easy despite the busy season and the summer heat!
The summer season is the most popular time for the relocation industry! So, if you will be utilizing professional movers or packers, it’s better to plan well ahead of time since their schedules fill up easily. Planning early with your movers will not only solidify help on moving day, but it will also help you stay organized right from the start.
Remember to take care of yourself in the days leading up to moving day!
Although you want to take advantage of the good weather that summer brings, sometimes the sun can get overbearing and through all of the hustle and bustle, you forget to take care of yourself.
Stay hydrated—We can’t stress this enough!
Between packing up your belongings at your old place and preparing your new space before moving day, you will be expending more energy and sweating more than you normally do. Have a stockpile of water bottles readily available so that you can keep replenishing your lost water and stay productive even when the heat is putting up a good fight.
Pump up that AC or invest in a few fans to make your move a breeze
It’s possible that your electricity may not be running while going through your moving process, which means no air conditioning. So, we think a few portable fans are starting to look like a solid investment right about now. Portable fans placed strategically around the house will help keep air flowing and keep you cool throughout your move. It’s a good idea to go with battery-operated fans rather than fans that plug into the wall: No cords to trip over while moving throughout the house.
Breaks should always be encouraged, no matter how close you are to packing up those last few boxes. They will not only serve as a much-needed reenergizer, but they will also give you time to spend with your family. It is summer after all—a trip to get some ice cream won’t set you back too much.
Dress to de-stress
Wear clothing that will allow you to move comfortably and will help you release heat, not keep it in. This means wearing lighter colors as to not attract the sun as much as a darker color would and wearing lighter fabrics. These lightweight fabrics will let your body breathe and won’t feel constricting. Also, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to bring a wardrobe change, or two!
Choose your moving time wisely
When scheduling your move, it would be smart to consider the day of the week you’re thinking of taking on the task, as well as the time of day. We suggest scheduling your move for the middle of the month—that’s when moving companies have better availability and your apartment building elevators won’t be overcrowded with people while you’re trying to move the entirety of your living space. Also, aim for an early morning start time before the sun has a chance to beat down on you. Hopefully, you’ll be done loading up the truck before the temperature reaches its peak for the day.
Be aware of what items are sensitive to heat when packing up and moving out
The last thing you want to see upon arrival at your new house is that all the DVDs in your beloved collection have been warped due to heat exposure. That would really put a damper on the first night in your new home, so it’s essential that you understand how to properly pack these heat-sensitive items!
There are a few ways to keep your sensitive electronics protected during the move to your new place. If possible, keep the expensive essentials out of the moving truck where there is little to no control over the temperature. Instead, take them with you in your personal vehicle, where you can maintain a comfortable temperature and not risk their condition.
You should also try and pack the items in their original packaging, which is normally constructed to prevent overheating with quality air circulation. As for your beloved DVD collection, you should either take it with you in the car or place them inside travel CD cases that will keep them cool and protected.
Things around the house
There are a couple of items that you may feel comfortable packing up in the moving truck but could actually be affected by the heat. Keep candles that can easily melt and plants that would be suffocated, off the moving truck. Also, avoid bringing perishable food with you no matter the season you move in. There is a very good chance that it won’t make it through moving day anyway!
Stay cool during your move this summer and find the movers that can help you do it! Whether you’re moving across town or across the country, call on the professional movers and packers at Dowell’s Moving & Storage! Give us a call at 250-361-9866 to get a free moving quote or schedule your summer move today!