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With no snow carpeting your porch and no rain pouring down
your windows, summers make moving so much easier. You don’t have to deal with
cloudy weather and your move to the new home will be greeted with happy blue
skies. Maybe this is why 60% of annual US moves take place around this season.
People with families prefer moving between May to August as it’s a break from the academic year for children. But summer moves are not limited to families alone. College students move in this season to their new college towns and working professionals find this as an ideal time to move. It’s not always sunny side up though, summer moves can be a costly and sweaty affair. Let us make your move easier with this article.
CALCULATE MY MOVE
Being the peak season for movers, moving companies are packed to the brim in summers. High rates by movers also dampen the enthusiasm of a move in this season. If you are under a budget, try planning your move before May or after Labor Day. Every company you call will most likely be completely booked. So it is better to book your move at least 8 weeks in advance. This puts you in a better position to negotiate and get better services.
There are easily around 6,000 to 7,000 moving companies in
the US. You have ample options to choose from if you start researching in
advance. When you do your research, contact a number of companies. Check their
reviews and whether they provide insurance cover. If all options run out, you
can even check ads on Craigslist for locating local movers. High demand does
not mean you don’t have rights to a reasonable quote, so keep looking until you
find the right mover.
When you do zero down on a moving company, book a moving slot early in the morning. Organize and plan the move 3-4 weeks in advance so you can keep last-minute panic at bay. Because remember, panic and hot summer are a bad combination.
See also: When Should You Call Movers
You already know that movers are in high demand in summers.
Let’s understand how you can be one step ahead of others. Since the beginning
and end of the month is a time most lease agreements terminate, many people
move to their new home. Weekends are a time many families prefer moving, as
employees are on leave. Movers are booked on such days, resulting in higher
If you want to save money, plan your moving day in the middle of the month and middle of the week. You can have the full attention of your mover and their moving professionals won’t be in a hurry to cover more moves during the day. This acts as an advantage as your move will be smoother and flexible. Taking breaks during the move will also be possible when your movers are not in a rush to finish and leave. This ensures both you and your movers are away from exertion, reducing the chances of heatstroke, rashes, and exhaustion.
See also: Best Time to Move
In the extreme heat between May and August, storing some
items in your truck’s storage unit isn’t an idea we encourage. There is no
ventilation in a pickup truck’s storage, exposure to extreme heat inside such
storage can ruin some items. Some items that can melt over and spoil your other
belongings should be packed separately.
There are hidden candies or chocolates in your kids'
clothing that can melt while sitting in the storage of your truck. When you pay
attention to details like these while packing, your move will be more organized
and less messy. Pickup trucks have no air conditioning in their storage area,
so all the belongings we mention below should go in the truck’s cab. To make
sure they get a place in the cab area, pack and load them in the truck last.
These are the items that can melt, warp or lose their effectiveness when
exposed to heat:
If you don’t find a place for these belongings in the
driver’s cab area of the truck, store them in your car during the drive to your
new home. Unload these items off the truck/car as soon as you reach your
destination so that they don’t spend a lot of time exposed to heat.
Your body is going to thank you if you start the move early
in the morning. When the sun is high up in the sky, harmful UV rays are best
avoided. So start early and take a break during the hottest time of the day.
Time the indoor tasks of the move around afternoon so you won’t be outside
straining yourself. Summers in the US see temperatures soaring upto 80°F or
more. Such temperatures often lead to rashes and heat exhaustion, and if you
aren’t careful enough it can even cause a heatstroke.
During moves, people keep their air conditioning turned off
since the doors will be open all the time to carry things out. This can cause
heat buildup inside the house, staying hydrated and taking breaks is the
answer. Moving around the house and loading smaller items in the pickup truck
can be exhausting. In the excitement and exertion of it all, don’t forget to
drink plenty of water. Keep a check on your intake, and make sure you drink at
least 2-4 glasses of water every hour.
You can keep damp towels handy to sponge your face and neck
to cool yourself down. Appliances are packed and loaded for moving, which means
air conditioning is out of the question. You can make use of portable fans to
beat that heat. Make sure that the air conditioning at your new home works,
don’t blindly believe the seller when they assure you about it. It is always
better to check it out for yourself a week prior to moving.
Signs To Watch Out
A fever of more than 104° F is a sure sign of heatstroke,
until medical help reaches, some steps can act as a savior. Like removing
excess clothing, sponging the person with cool water, placing ice packs near
the person's head, neck, groin, and armpits. Quickly immersing the person
experiencing heatstroke in a tub of cool water can work well too.
You are going to be distracted with the move to pay close attention to your kids and pets. But moving in the summer can be dangerous to them, having them sent to a relative’s or friend’s place is the best bet. You can even involve your older kids in the move, this fills them with a sense of involvement and ownership.
Never have your pets lose in the home while the move is in
progress as it exposes them to dangers. Nor should you tie them in a room with
no air conditioning, tying them outdoors too could be harmful in summers.
Making the mistake of leaving them in the car while the move is on is
incredibly dangerous as the temperature in a parked car can reach 120° F within
an hour or less if the temperature outside is 80° F.
Temperatures in the morning are bearable, making it the
right time to start the move. You won’t sweat a lot as the humidity levels too
are low early in the morning. As the day progresses, heat climbs up. Many US
cities record temperatures between 70-80° F in the summer months. To avoid high
temperatures, it is better to start the move at 7 am or earlier.
You even avoid the traffic this way, especially if you are
moving on a weekend. Remind your movers to arrive early and keep everything
ready before they come. If it’s not possible to start in the morning, schedule
the move for late afternoon or early evening. This way, you won’t find yourself
carrying heavy boxes to the truck while the sun is harsh.
Ample breaks are going to keep you energized throughout the
move. Snack on watermelons, cucumbers, or ice cream when you take breaks. Sit
in a cool room with a portable fan or a battery-operated fan. Apart from just
water, drink lemonade, juices, margaritas, or slushies. Prepare such drinks in
advance and store them in coolers, offer them to your movers and they are going
to remember you forever!
Lightweight, breezy, and loose clothes… such breathable
fabric is going to make you more comfortable. Synthetic fabrics are a huge no
as they are going to make you sweat. Try going for white clothes over any dark
color. When it comes to footwear, put on something that has a good grip. Though
your shoe stand holds flip-flops in summers, we don’t recommend wearing them
during your move. They won’t offer the same protection to your feet as shoes as
you will be carrying heavy boxes and furniture around.
This might sound like a frivolous tip, but you will be
thinking otherwise after reading this. UV rays in the summers come to you like
daggers. Lather yourself up with lots of sunscreen, get one with an SPF of 30
or higher. Clothes with long sleeves also protect you against the sun. Pay
attention to your eyes as they are sensitive to sun rays. Exposure to the sun
for long hours during the move can be an invitation to issues in the long run.
It’s better to protect your eyes with shades that are oversized and have a UV
protection label on them.
Keep extra bottles of water, easy access to more water, cold damp towels for them. Ask them to take breaks and provide them with fruits to hydrate them. Movers sometimes move multiple houses in a single day, so ensure their safety too—especially on hot summer days. Show them a place where they can refill water and have unlimited access to it. Let them know the way to the restroom in advance. Make them feel comfortable to take breaks and rest in between the move. In the end, tip them for their efforts on a hot summer day.
See also: Tipping Movers
Though summers are host to clear weather, summer storms are
not rare. There can be sudden rainstorms. If you are not careful enough,
tornadoes or flash floods can put a roadblock on your move. Keep track of the
weather forecast right from a week prior to your move. If it does end up
raining on your moving day, cover belongings like clothes, shoes, electronics,
etc with garbage bags or plastic sheets. You can protect larger items like
furniture and appliances with shrink wrap. Lastly, rains in the middle of summer
can make everything slippery. Place a carpet or cardboard in the front of your
door so no one slips as they rush in and out carrying things.
In the end, don’t forget to enjoy this experience. A summer
move means that your children will be around, and if you haven’t sent them off
to the babysitter, it’s going to be memorable packing with them. Plan and take
precautions, this will make your move less stressful. Soon, you will be sipping
a margarita on the porch of your new home.
Should I Hire An Air-conditioned
Temperatures in the storage of a moving truck can climb to
102° F within 10 minutes and upto 125° F in half an hour. You might want to
consider a truck with an air-conditioned storage unit, but it’s not a
necessity. With smart planning, you can eliminate the need for air-conditioned
storage. Just make sure belongings that cannot withstand heat ride in the
truck’s cab or in your car.
How To Pack
Perishables For A Summer Move?
If you are moving over a long distance, it is better to dispose of your perishables and buy new food when you arrive at your new home. But if you want to retain them, there are several ways to do it. Pack perishables in pre-packed foam coolers before packing them in boxes. In case you are carrying frozen foods or refrigerated items, put them in a cooler filled with ice. That will do the trick.
Is it more expensive to move in the summer?
The best time to move is during the summer. Not only are there longer days, warmer temperatures, and safer driving conditions- but it's also more convenient! While all these factors make moving easier in general, they're also what makes a summer move expensive.
Also See: Pros and Cons of Selling a Home in Summer | Staying Cool During a Summer Move
See also: Things to Expect When Moving to a Hot Climate
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