Tips for Moving During the Summer Heat
Peak moving season is upon us and yes it happens to fall in the hottest time of the year. I am sure by now you have see moving trucks dotting your street and all up and down the roadway this summer and that would be the reason.
We get it, nobody really wants to move in the middle of a snowstorm so most moves take place during the summer months. With this, come high temperatures that can make the task of moving a bit more challenging. To help you get through your summer move we have compiled a short list of things you can do to make moving during the summer heat much easier to deal with.
Having water on hand is key. Moving can feel just like a workout and having water nearby is a must. Bottled water in a cooler is a great alternative to the tap if your water has not yet been connected or if on moving day you have already had it turned off.
Wear Proper Clothing
Depending on who is doing most of the heavy lifting you will want to make sure that you are wearing clothing that is appropriate for the task. Make sure that you wear items that cover your arms and legs to avoid the cuts and scratches that are bound to happen when moving things in and out of your house. Even though it’s hot out, having the right clothing on to protect you is essential.
Time of Day
If at all possible plan your move for the morning hours. This will keep you out of the hottest portion of the day when the sun is directly overhead. Afternoon moves work well too, but remember that once you arrive at your new location you may want more daylight to move some of your essentials in.
Have cool damp towels on hand to stay cool when you need a boost of energy and a little comfort. A cool towel around your neck can do wonders. Dry towels are also great for toweling off after sweating in the sun and working so hard.
Leaving things in the Sun
Some of the things that you will be moving are not intended to be in direct sunlight. Items such as televisions, computers, and other electronics don’t do so well in the heat so make sure to move those items last or at least place them in places where they are not in direct sunlight.
Pack Furniture Accordingly
Make sure that you pack your furniture properly. Like the tip above, some items do not fare well in high heat. For example some furniture pieces like tables and benches and other wooden furniture can warp in the heat. Using blankets to protect them is a good way to shade them from the impact of the sun.
If possible, it is recommended that you start your utilities at your new home before arriving. This includes things like electricity, water, and gas. Most likely these things will be up and running but it is always best to check as to avoid moving in with out the essentials. Don’t forget the cable guy! Setting up cable can take a good week or more so having that taken care of before moving in can save tome and boredom.
Take A Break
Take it easy. Strenuous activity in the heat can be dangerous, so make sure that you take breaks every once in a while to catch your breath and regain some energy. Heat exhaustion comes on quick so avoid it by taking a tie out from time to time.