Ah, sultry sizzling summer! With all the growth in Frisco, I’m sure you’ve spotted a moving truck (or several) lately because 70 percent of all moves take place between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekend – “peak moving season.”
Unfortunately, these sweltering summer months – while popular – are a tough time to move. Not only will you (most likely) have to deal with higher moving costs, but you’ll also have to prepare for dealing with hot and humid weather. Lifting furniture and heavy boxes in normal weather is tough enough, but the scorching sun is almost unbearable.
So, leave the load to Two Men And A Truck, and to help you out, how about 10 tips for moving in this summer’s heat? Good luck and stay cool out there!
1. Stay hydrated with a full day’s supply of bottled water
One of the most important summer moving tips to keep in mind is to drink water, and plenty of it. Moving is essentially a long workout, and you wouldn’t head to the gym without a water bottle, so why forgo one now? After all, when lifting boxes and coordinating a move, you’re going to be sweating a lot.
2. Dress Appropriately
Who cares how dirty the whites get? It’s in your best interest to stay away from dark, heavy clothing during a summer move. Instead, choose garments that are lightweight, white, and comfortable. Plus, athletic sneakers are key… You don’t want your toes exposed to possible dropped items and flip-flops while moving are asking for twisted ankles, or worse.
3. Move In the Middle of the Month
Because of typical rent schedules, the beginnings and the ends of the summer months are the busiest times to move. Plan to move in the middle of the month and you won’t have as hard of a time renting moving trucks or finding packing boxes.
4. Be Careful What You Pack
In the heat we’ve been having lately, you have to be careful about what you leave in the moving truck. Those accent candles sitting in a hot truck is like leaving chocolate in your purse when you’re at the beach. Not a good idea because they will melt all over the box and run over other items.
Electronics, computers, videos, and CDs can also warp if they’re sitting in a hot truck for a long period of time. Make sure to pack those items that are susceptible to the dangers of summer heat last and preferably transport them yourself in your air-conditioned car.
5. Get started early
Rise and shine and beat the heat. I know the thought of starting a move at 6am isn’t desirable, but if you’re looking to beat the heat, it’s best to aim as early as possible. In general, the intensity of the sun and UV rays are strongest from the hours of 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., so moving during this time frame is not ideal.
First, go over to your new home and turn the AC down… WAY down! Overall, early mornings mean a much cooler (possibly 10 degree difference or more) move, but it will still heat up soon. So having your new location, where you’ll be doing the most work, cool to start will make a huge difference. Most moving companies will prefer to get started in the morning anyway. But if not, I suggest choosing a different move date – one where the movers can opt for a morning start.
6. Turn on AC in the new house before the move
Don’t forget the utilities! If you’re moving during the hot summer months, make switching on the air conditioning before you move a top priority. This way, you and your movers won’t be sweating to death on moving day. By cooling down your house ahead of time, you’ll be able to better focus on the tasks ahead, instead of on that sweltering heat.
7. OR, if you’re not sure about the AC, bring portable fans
Not sure if the air conditioning will be up-and-running on moving day? Make sure to bring a few portable fans with you. These fans can cost as low as $10 and can be found at Target, Walmart, Home Depot, or Bed Bath & Beyond.
8. Apply sunscreen
Before you get moving, douse yourself in sunscreen! Whether it’s the spray form or the lotion, make sure you’ve completely covered your face, neck, ears, shoulders, arms, hands, feet and legs. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, you should choose a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher; one that is water resistant; and one that provides broad-spectrum coverage. Apply the sunscreen 15 minutes before heading outside, and make sure to reapply every two hours to remain protected. wear sunglasses. And finally, make sure to remember to bring a hat! Protecting your head and face from the strong sun is extremely important.
9. Have cold towels on-hand
One of the best ways to stay cool during a summer move is to have cold towels on-hand for yourself and for the Two Men And A Truck guys. I recommend first filling a cooler with ice. Then folding and rolling several damp washcloths up, and placing them inside the cooler. Let them sit for several hours and replace the ice throughout the day. Having these cold towels on-hand will help keep everyone involved in the moving process as cool as possible.
10. Be aware of overheating symptoms
Finally, exposure to high temperatures can be dangerous. In the temps we’ve had lately, it’s important to be aware of any signs of overheating and heat-related illnesses like elevated body temperature, headaches, nausea, dizziness, weakness, fainting, muscle cramps, seizures, and general confusion. If you or anyone with you on moving day exhibits any of these symptoms, get yourself or them out of the heat and into the air conditioning as soon as possible. Experts advise those affected by the heat to drink plenty of water, lie down (so that you don’t pass out and hurt yourself), and take a cool shower or dab yourself with cold towels.