Summer is the perfect time to put on your sunglasses, take a dip in the pool, and work on your tan. It’s also the most popular time to move, which means planning is a necessity if you want to find a quality moving company. Due to the busy season, moving companies are in high demand and you want to make sure you’re not left stranded with your belongings in the sweltering heat. Here are some tips to get you prepared for an easy summer move:
1.) Getting started
Summer is the busiest time to move and moving companies schedules fill up just as quick. It’s a good idea to start looking for movers at least six to eight weeks in advance before you move. Be realistic about your options and organize your tasks to minimize stress. When looking for movers, try to find several companies to choose from. You will want to explore your options by comparing rates and services provided. The first and last week of the month, plus weekends, are the busiest of the month. You are more likely to find availability and the best prices during weekdays. Don’t wait until the last minute to find movers. Do your research in advance.
2.) Prepare to drink water
Spending hours in the sun can take a toll on you, especially with heavy lifting and moving furniture. It is best to schedule your moving company to arrive early in the morning for a fresh start. Remember to always drink water and keep a few cold water bottles handy for you and your movers. Running around and moving boxes, you’ll be sweating — a lot. If you don’t replenish yourself with water, dehydration and overheating could be a real threat. Symptoms include headaches, nausea, dizziness, muscle weakness, and fainting.
Make sure to take time to sit and take a break, and ask your movers if they would like to do the same. Wearing breathable clothing and lighter colors can minimize sweating and help you stay cool. Sunglasses and hats not only make a fashion statement but can protect you. Being under the sun, one of the most important things you can do is use SPF to cover your face, neck, arms, and legs. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher, applied every two hours.
3.) Beat the heat
Be smart about where you pack your items. Not all your belongings will handle the heat inside a moving truck. Separate candles from other belongings so they don’t melt. If you are moving long-distance, perishable items like food from your refrigerator most likely will not survive. Before the move, use up or dispose of the food in your fridge. If you have any instruments, CDs, or vinyl records, try to keep them in a separate vehicle or save them for last to avoid damage and warping from heat. Any sensitive items should be packed last and unpacked first at your new location. If you can, try to clean your new home before the movers arrive. Clean conditions will make the transition smoother for everyone. Most importantly, turn on the air conditioning and any ceiling fans.
If you have kids, have them help you by completing smaller tasks. Try to make the process fun by making it like a game, putting a toy or prize in every packed box will incentivize those tiny hands to rip open boxes quick. If you have pets, they could get lost. Especially since your doors will be open and people will be running around. It is best to send them to a daycare or have someone watch over them while you move.
After you’re settled and unpacked, reward yourself and relax. You made it to your new home and even though there’s still lots of work to be done, take a few moments to reward yourself for getting through the day!
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