Tips to Beat the Heat on your House Move
Preparing for a Move in Scorching Temps
Summer months can present unique challenges for your move – whether you are moving across the country or down the street! While we hate to complain when the nice weather returns, hot days can require some additional planning. Check out these great tips for planning your house move when the temperatures are on the rise. Keeping your belongings protected, your family and pets safe and ensuring you don’t incur any extra costs as a result of hot temperatures can be easy!
Prep for your House Move
When planning a summer move, take a few extra steps to reduce utilities spending in the days leading up to, as well as the day of your move. If temperatures are high and you typically run air conditioning, keep the house cool and closed up the day or so before your move. This can make the temperatures inside your home comfortable, but allow you to turn off the AC on moving day when the doors will be opening and closing repeatedly. Also plan to leave out fans to be packed up last, to allow them to run while your move is happening, keeping indoor air circulating.
Alternatively, for the rooms near to your entry / exit doors that will be used during the loading process, close the air vents if possible – having boxes staged and ready for loading can reduce the time spent on your move, but also keep a centralized area from needing AC flow while the doors open. This will keep your house cool, without letting your AC air escape. Also remember to turn off your AC and refrigerator as you depart, so long as situation deems appropriate.
Keep Kids and Pets Safe
During cooler temperatures, leaving pets or kids in the car may not be a big deal – so long as properly supervised. During the summer months, take care to ensure your car AC is up for the challenge, particularly for longer distance moves. Interior car temperatures can heat up fast, even if your vehicle isn’t sitting in direct sun light. Ask a friend or family member to help during this process if necessary, to ensure that you have proper supervision if your move will require some car-time while in transition during loading, unloading, etc. Also plan to have a safe, cool place for pets to be secured during the loading process, that is shaded and has adequate temperatures and water supply. For travel, ensuring that pets or kids are never left in hot vehicles should be a top priority.
In the days leading up to your house move, stock up on water and water bottles to ensure you and your family have plenty enough to keep properly hydrated and cool during your move. If you have re-usable water bottles and ice trays, set them aside while you are packing to have easy access.
Have ice cubes ready, and gather coolers for storage while packing up your refrigerator and during transport. Combining the heat and increase in activity can lead to faster dehydration, even if you have hired movers to do the heavy lifting!
Dress for Success
While it is necessary to make sure you have proper clothing and shoes for moving in order to avoid injuries, you can still keep cool and protected at the same time. If you have gear that is designed to keep you dry – such as sweat-wicking workout gear – this could be a great choice for moving day.
As far as shorts and shoes for your house move, just make sure you can safely move about with everything in more disarray than normal! If you plan to wear shorts and are doing the heavy lifting yourself, plan to have protective pads for your knees and even shins. As far as foot wear, it is typically a good idea to wear closed toe, laced shoes or boots – despite the temperatures, this will help ensure solid footing and protection while heavy objects are being moved about.
Plan for Food and Household Goods
Typically, your refrigerator and freezer are some of the last items in the house to be packed. In the summer months, this can take some extra care and planning to ensure that you don’t have food or household items ruined from the high temperatures during your home move.
For food, plan to have coolers and ice ready – ask to borrow from friends or family if necessary, but ensuring adequate storage will allow you to move your food and freezer goods without risk of spoiling. Trying to use up as much as possible leading up to your move is pretty typical, but make sure to research proper temperatures and transport instructions for anything that is going to make the move with you!
For non-food household goods that can’t stand up to the heat – plan to have a cool staging area, and if necessary – keep them with you in your cooled vehicle for transport. This could include aerosols, candles and more – anything that could have an adverse reaction to high temperatures!
Beat the Heat
While the summer weather makes home moves easier in many ways, the higher temperatures can require some extra thought and care! Longer days, no school, less traffic delays and nicer overall weather can make your home move easier in summer in numerous ways. With proper planning and information, high temperatures won’t be cause for worry. If you hired professional movers to do the job, consideration and planning is communicated on each and every move to ensure safe transport!