Whether you're moving in the summer because of school or work schedules, you probably know that there are several unique challenges when dealing with the heat during a move. Use the tips presented in this guide to help you get through your summer move with a minimal amount of stress.
1. Plan and Prepare Early
Just because the actual move is taking place in the summer doesn't mean you have to wait until then to get started. There are plenty of tasks related to moving that can be done over a month in advance. These include:
- Going through your belongings and purging those you don't need
- Organizing things in your house, so they'll be easier to pack up later
- Packing up some items in advance, such as winter clothing you won't need before the move
- Letting your banks, insurance companies and utility companies know you're moving
- Buying packing supplies — unless you're planning to use professional packing services
2. Move Early in the Morning
Summer heat is at its worst in the afternoon, so try to plan your move for as early in the morning as possible. That way, you can get more accomplished before the heat drains your strength and energy.
3. Schedule the Move at the Beginning of the Month on a Weekday
Everyone else is moving on weekends, so if you can square it with your work schedule, try to use a weekday, especially if you're planning to hire movers. Less demand for moving services means you may be able to get a better price.
4. Pack Well for the Heat
Be careful not to put heat-sensitive items in the moving truck. It's not air-conditioned in the back of the truck, so try to pack electronics, musical instruments and other sensitive items in your air-conditioned vehicle. You'll also want to include plenty of supplies for summer comfort, such as sunscreen and a cooler full of cold water.
5. Make Provision for Pets and Kids
If you have children and pets, you'll need to make sure you have a designated area for them inside or in the deep shade, so they'll be safe from the sun while you're moving. Make arrangements for childcare and pet care If you're worried you won't be able to watch them during the move.
6. Bring Water
Don't just bring a bottle of water. You'll want to have some available for moving personnel and anyone else who's helping out, so bring lots of extra water bottles and keep them cool in a small cooler if you have room. Be sure to pack a water bowl for your pet in your family vehicle as well.