By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
It's no surprise that summer is the most popular season for moving, as very few people want to brave cold winter weather or (for those with school-age children) deal with the stress of relocating their family in the middle of a school year.
Of course, this means that there will be challenges that you'll have to overcome to make your move a success. Nevertheless, with some forethought, planning, and a little help from a professional moving company, things are bound to work out in the end. Here are some do's and don'ts for moving during the summer:
- Plan and book your moving company as far in advance as possible. Since summer is peak moving season, you don't want to wait 'til the last minute to make arrangements with your professional movers, as you may find that your preferred company is already booked up.
- Stay hydrated. Many people are unknowingly struggling with chronic dehydration, and the summer heat only makes things worse. To avoid fatigue, muscle cramps, headache, and a host of other symptoms, make sure that you're taking in enough water. And if you can spare a few water bottles for your professional movers, they'll be grateful for the hydration as well, trust us.
- Protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Wear plenty of sunscreen and/or a wide-brimmed hat to protect your body from the sunburn and other issues that stem from overexposure to UV radiation.
- Start the move early in the day. If you can, pack and load the heavier items before the sun comes out in full force, it will make you and your moving company crew much more comfortable throughout the rest of the loading process.
- Make sure perishable items are stored in a cool place. Whether it's food or items that could suffer damage from prolonged exposure to heat, make sure that you have a plan when it comes to keeping perishable items cool.
- Expect to pay more. Unfortunately, summertime's popularity for moving usually means that you'll end up paying a little bit more for the same services than you would during other times of the year.
- Delay the transfer of your utilities. The last thing you want is to arrive at your new home only to find that it's 90 degrees outside and there's no air conditioning.
- Forget to take extra precautions with your kids and/or pets. As mentioned previously, make sure that your children are wearing enough sunscreen, and are dressed appropriately for warm weather. Be aware of the dangers associated with heat exhaustion and heat stroke, and keep your children and pets hydrated throughout the moving process.
- Underestimate how long the moving process takes. Far in advance of moving day, you should begin the relocation process by packing up certain items that you won't need for a while. You should research different moving companies, interview the movers that you prefer, and then, if you decide to hire them, do so several weeks in advance.
It's true, summer moving does have its unique quirks and challenges. However, with adequate planning and the help of professional movers, such as the friendly experts at the A-1 Freeman Moving Group, you'll be able to enjoy a relatively smooth and seamless transition as you begin a new chapter in your life. If you'd like to learn more about how we can help, reach out to us today.
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