Everyone wants to move in the summer, and why wouldn’t they? The kids are out of school, the weather is better, you can get more time off from work — it just makes sense. Despite all of the benefits, there are some dos and don’ts of summertime moving. Here are a few considerations to keep in mind as you begin the moving process.
It’s easy to assume that moving won’t take that much time to execute. Unfortunately, moving is one of those things that can’t be perfectly planned out. It takes extra time to actually load those packed boxes, you’ll naturally double and triple check the house for anything that got overlooked, not to mention the travel time from one location to another.
Moving in the summer can be particularly tricky because of higher traffic volumes (both pedestrian and automotive), and those hot, humid Virginia summers are sure to make you take more breaks. Don’t forget that the heat will play a factor in the entire process. When packing, keep your electronics together and try to keep them in air conditioned areas as much as possible. Also, consider packing and hauling your perishable food items in coolers!
Like they say, the early bird gets the worm! That rings true to moving day, too. Beat the heat by getting an early start to moving. Starting earlier in the morning not only gives you less time in the humidity, but it also gives you the opportunity to move in less traffic. If you’ve hired a moving company, consult with them to see the earliest you’d be able to start.
Hydration is key! That summer heat mixed with the rigorous activity of packing, lifting boxes, loading and unloading is quite the workout. Bring enough water to last the entire day for you and everyone helping. It’s recommended to keep plenty of water bottles in both locations. Remember to take breaks whenever necessary and possible. Dehydration or overheating can cause serious medical problems. Stay safe and stay healthy by drinking plenty of water throughout the entire moving day.
The only thing worse than moving all day in the heat is settling down in a hot home. Don’t forget to turn on the AC as soon as you can. If you live nearby or are moving around a local area, go ahead and have the air turned on the night before. You won’t regret it! If you’re moving to a new state, turn the air on as soon as you get to your new address. A cool and refreshing space will be much more comfortable for you and a pleasant break during your hot, summertime move.