Summer is a time for so many opportunities, whether it be a big job offer in another state or starting an internship in a new city. Moving in the summer means you and your movers will be spending a lot of energy in the sweltering heat. If you have an important job offer or an opportunity that would mean moving during summertime, there are ways you can make it a stress-free move. Don’t let the summer heat hold you back from a new home and career just because summer isn’t always the most ideal time of year to move. Moving in the summer can also be less challenging considering the icy ground and heaps of snow in the winter. If you’re planning to move during the summertime, there are some simple things you can do to make the relocation a lot easier on yourself.
Book Your Mover in Advance
Moving companies are especially busy in the summer, so prices are often higher then. If you know well ahead of time that you will be moving in the summer, book your mover as soon as possible! Their prices might be lower if you book your summer move well in advance. If you need storage services so you can set some items aside during your move, you’ll want to book that well ahead of time, too. If you start to plan your move a few months prior to moving day, you won’t be running around trying to tie up all the loose ends when that day arrives. Instead, you’ll be more prepared leaving you more time to reflect on this new opportunity.
Dress for the Warm Weather
Wear shorts and a T-shirt or tank top to keep you cool. Make sure you’re wearing a breathable fabric such as cotton or linen. Avoid wearing pants, long sleeve shirts, sweaters or jackets. You might be a little chilly in your air-conditioned home, but once you start moving in an out of the house or unpacking boxes, you’ll start feeling the summer heat.
Don’t Pack Certain Items
Don’t pack items that can’t stand the heat. Any electronics, CD’s, and tapes can get damaged when overheated. Keep all your valuable items that can suffer from heat damage in a cool place while being transferred. You might even want to consider taking those items with you instead of putting them in the moving van. Candles, crayons and makeup should be kept with you. Don’t leave these items in your car if you make a stop and turn the air conditioning off, as they could melt on the car seat or in the trunk.
Drink Plenty of Water
Staying hydrated in the summer is important in general, so it’s especially vital to stay hydrated during your move. You’ll be using a lot of energy during the moving process, and your body needs to be able to keep up with you. Don’t get so focused on your move that you forget to stop and take a few sips of water! It’s easy to get so wrapped up in moving that you don’t think about how thirsty you are. If you hired movers to help you, they’ll be hot, too. You should definitely keep an ice-cold supply of water on-hand to appease your movers.
The last thing you want is to get to your new home and realize you got sunburnt! Whether you’re moving by yourself or using a moving company, you’ll be in and out of the house at some point during your move. If you want to avoid looking like a lobster on your first days in your new town, protect your skin with a high-SPF sunblock.