7 SUMMER MOVING TIPS
Did you know that the majority of moves take place during the summer? It’s peak moving season, but sadly the sweltering temperatures, while they may be popular, are also a tough time to move. Not only will you often have to deal with higher moving costs, but there’s also preparing for the hot, humid weather. Lifting heavy boxes and pieces of furniture in the heat, after all, really isn’t fun.
Here are a few tips in the meantime to help you prepare for moving in the summer months.
1. Get a head start.
If you want to beat the heat, aim to move early in the morning. The sun is at its most intense between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., so that’s not an ideal timeframe to move in. Early mornings tend to be far cooler!
2. Dress accordingly.
There are a few rules to live by when it comes to dressing for your summer move. Firstly, ensure you’re wearing lightweight clothing that’s breathable and lose fitting, like linen or cotton. These materials are best when it comes to absorbing moisture.
Next, choose light coloured clothing for moving day. Neutrals and whites are the best. Finally, don’t forget your sunglasses and a hat – and lots of water.
3. Turn the utilities on before you move.
If you are moving in the heat, make turning on the air-conditioning before you move the main priority. It’ll help your movers keep cool during all that lifting and rearranging, and by cooling your home down ahead of time, you’ll be better able to focus on the tasks at hand.
4. Not everything does well in the heat.
When you pack your possessions, make sure you know that not everything handles sitting in hot trucks. Some items, like those that could melt, just won’t do well. So rather pack them separately and get them into that air-conditioned house as quickly as you can. Don’t worry as there are removalists in Brisbane who will do all the lifting and transferring of heavy boxes and furniture for you.
5. Grab the portable fans.
If you’re unsure whether the air conditioning will be up and running on the day of the move, take along a few portable fans. They’re cost-effective and battery operated, so you can at least keep cool while moving your belongings around. In fact, even if the air conditioning is running at full power, it’s not a bad idea to have a few portable fans in the garage for the moving truck staff.
6. Keep cold towels close by.
A great way to keep cool during summer is to have cold towels on hand for you and your movers. Try filling a cooler with ice and then roll up a few damp washcloths and place them in your cooler. Leave them there for a few hours. Cold towels will keep everyone cool during your summer move.
7. Know the signs of overheating.
Exposure to high temperatures is dangerous. If you’re moving during the extreme heat of the day, make sure you know the signs of overheating, which include:
- Muscle cramps
- General confusion
If anyone involved in the move exhibits signs of overheating, get them into air conditioning as soon as you can and make sure they drink plenty of water. Those cold towels will be useful, too!
Follow these tips and you’re sure to have a hassle-free summer move.