Tips for moving during the summer
By Julie Homsey
Jul 20, 2020
Summer moving has it's own challenges, read our tips to beat the summer heat and how to protect your items.
Summer is one of the busiest times of the year to move. Not only is it busy, but the weather can make moving a challenge. You can get around these issues with planning and by setting your expectations. Here are five tips to help you.
Moving companies are fully booked during the summer months. It can be challenging to get on their schedule. Be flexible with scheduling pick-up and delivery dates. The best time to schedule your move is mid-month. We also recommend moving during the week, rather than Friday thru Monday, because there is less demand Tuesday through Thursday.
Like movers, moving supplies are in high demand during the summer. If you plan on doing all your packing, you will need to be resourceful. Ask family and friends for boxes that they aren't using. Replace packing tape with duct tape or masking tape to seal boxes. Use packing peanuts and bubble wrap from your online purchases to protect your items.
Weather is another factor that you need to keep in mind. Heat and humidity can make moving uncomfortable, and hazardous. Wear comfortable clothing that breathes to keep from overheating. Hydrate regularly with water or sports drinks. If you start to overheat, place a cold towel on the back of your neck or wrists to bring your body temperature down. Even though moving is no day at the beach, remember to apply sunscreen to prevent sunburns.
Items that don't fare well in the heat should be brought with you, rather than packed in the truck, as temps inside the truck can be high. For example, candles will melt at 99 degrees, and candle wax can ruin other items. Records warp at high temps, so those are best moved in an air conditioned car. And most medications have storage guidelines that include temperature, so check those before packing them.
With these tips, you have the know-how to navigate the challenges of a summer move. Get a quote so we can get started making your next move a breeze.