MOVING TIPS FOR SUMMER
Moving is always a little stressful, but the summer heat can really bring the pressure. Not only is it hot outside, but often the old home’s utilities are already turned off. If it gets too hot, candles can melt, packed food can spoil, and you and your family could overheat. It all gets to be too much! To help you beat the summer heat, we’ve prepared these moving tips to help you have a great moving experience.
1. DRINK LOTS OF WATER
It’s so important to stay properly hydrated when you’re moving. Not only is your body getting an intense workout, but the summer sun can really be dangerous if you aren’t drinking enough water. Dehydration can lead to heat stroke, seizures, and a lot of other really scary stuff. The day before your move, get a pack of water bottles so you can be sure to keep everyone hydrated properly throughout the day.
2. PACK WITH CARE
Certain items can melt or become damaged with too much heat exposure. Obvious things like candles and crayons can melt and create a sticky mess, but a lot of other things can be damaged in the sun. Electronics are a big one. Leaving electronics out in the heat can cause permanent damage to internal circuitry, or even melt internal components! Make sure that anything likely to be damaged in the heat gets loaded last, or otherwise stays in the air-conditioned part of your car.
3. WEAR THE RIGHT CLOTHING
It’s important that you wear light, breathable clothing in light colors to stay cool. Dark fabrics attract the sunlight and will make it harder to stay cool. If you’re wearing shorts or tank tops, be sure to put on lots of sunscreen. You’ll also want to make sure you’ve got a really comfortable pair of athletic shoes. You need shoes that will give you the support to be running around all day. Comfort is key!
4. MOVE ON A WEEKDAY
If it’s possible, you’ll want to make sure to move on a weekday. Sometimes, things can go wrong during a move and you might not have things set up like you thought you would. Maybe your internet wasn’t hooked up in time, or your washer/dryer set didn’t get delivered. Whatever it is, you want to make sure you can get in touch with whoever you need to in order to fix it! This means weekdays during working hours. Even though it can be inconvenient, it might just be worth taking a vacation day to move.
5. SET THE A/C AHEAD OF TIME
Can you run to the new place before you move and turn up the air conditioning? If you can, you’ll be very happy you did. A lot of the time, the utilities in the place you’re leaving will already be turned off, so things can get pretty sweaty. How nice it will be after all that loading to arrive at your new place and be greeted with a blast of cold air!
6. NO FRESH PRODUCE
Make sure to eat all the fresh produce from your fridge in the days before your move. You don’t want to pack anything that could spoil in the heat during your move. This means no dairy products, fruits, vegetables, or meats. The only food items you should be bringing along are things that won’t spoil: canned goods, pasta, rice, baking supplies, spices, and cooking oils. Make sure your freezer is empty too!
7. PREPARE YOUR KIDS & PETS
Whether you have little ones or pets who feel like little ones, moving can be a really stressful time. Change is difficult for little kids, and can be very distressing for pets. For the kids, pack a backpack with activities they can do while they wait or while in the car. Think books, puzzles, and toys that don’t have a lot of small parts. When it comes to your furry friends, it might be best to leave them with a friend during the move. Especially in the summer heat, it can be dangerous to leave your pet in a crate for moving day. New to the city? Find a pet sitter near you.
Follow these moving tips and have a safe summer move! If you’re moving soon and don’t want to do it alone, get in touch! We’ve got a full range of moving services and our friendly, professional staff is always happy to help! Call us at (602) 424-3481 and schedule your summer move today!