The summer season is certainly the most popular time for moving. The real estate industry is at its peak, the kids are out of school, there’s limited rain, and you can finally take some time off of work. But like most things in life, there’s always some bad with the good.
While moving in the summer has its benefits, there is also a downside to moving in during this season – the heat. To ensure a safe and effective move during the sweltering hot summer days, follow these five tips to staying cool.
Plan Ahead of Time
Once you have your move in date, regularly check in on the weather forecast. The more information you have, the more prepared you can be. Watch the humidity and temperature levels expected for the big day, and take proper precautions to avoid any inconveniences. For example, if the weather is calling for triple digits that peak at noon, arrange your moving day to avoid the hottest hours. Moving outside of peak hours may also save you some extra cash, which is always a nice bonus.
Deciding what to wear on moving day can be a difficult task. You don’t want to wear pants and long sleeves because you’ll be too hot, and while you’re tempted to wear flip flops and shorts to combat the heat, you don’t want to risk injuries.
As a rule of thumb, dress comfortably and in lightweight material. Opt for fabrics that are breathable to keep you from getting overheated, and when in need, take a break to remove some layers before getting back to the move.
Take as Many Breaks as You Need
With the prior said, it’s important to take as many breaks as you need when moving during the summer season. Heat exhaustion can lead to serious injury and your health should be top priority. Reiterate to your friends and family members to take advantage of the shaded area and cool beverages you’ve provided for the day, and encourage them to take breaks whenever they need.
It’s also important to refrain from heckling someone for getting too hot or taking “too many” breaks. Remember, health first. Injuries and heat exhaustion will slow down your moving date far more than a couple breaks will.
Serve Plenty of Cold Beverages
If nothing else, make sure your moving day is equipped with an abundance of cold beverages. Set up shop underneath a tree or in an air-conditioned area with tables and chairs, and coolers full of ice and water for everyone to rehydrate as needed. It’s absolutely vital to the overall productivity and completion of your moving day. So, never underestimate this tip. Keep everyone hydrated all day long.
As such, you may also want to keep the beverages that dehydrate your body, such as soda and alcoholic beverages, until the end of the day.
Hire Professional Movers That Know How to Handle the Heat
If heat isn’t your maître, consider hiring professional movers. Even if you think you can handle the heat, your family and friends may have a harder time doing so. And there’s nothing worse than being responsible for someone else’s illness or injury. So, head back up to the first tip and if the weather forecast is calling for extreme temperatures, you know what to do.
Professional movers are trained and experienced with the heat, and know what to do to ensure a safe and effective move.
Don’t let the heat of summer deter the productivity of the day. Execute these tips to stay cool during your move and capitalize on the best season to move.