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Most of the moves in America happen at some point between Memorial Day and Labor Day. While moving in the summer is helpful for families, students, and experts, it means you have to endure season’s abusive warmth.
Luckily, there are things you can do (and not do!) to stay away from a summer move that is sweat-soaked and draining.
First of all, hiring experts to help with the complicated, heavy stuff so that you can focus on other moving things is a great idea. For more tips on summer moving, check out these other ideas for moving in the mid-year heat.
Movers Demand More Money in Summer
There’s no way to avoid that summer is the most popular time to move. Everything moving-related is in high demand throughout the summer months (otherwise called “peak moving season”).
The reason? First off, with school out for the summer, families with school-age kids have no other choice but to move during this time. Undergrads are also moving into and out of their dormitories during the start and end of the summer.
Many believe the climate to be perfect for moving too. Also, there are fewer holidays to deal with and stress over. Given that summer is the most mainstream time to move, you’ll likely be paying a premium to move during these months.
Offer Water to the Movers
Moving in the summer heat means you will more likely than not be ‘dying of thirst’ a majority of the time. To avoid overheating, make sure to pack a lot of water bottles with you for the move.
Regardless of whether you’re hiring expert movers, it’s a smart idea to keep water bottles close by at the old and new homes. Make a point to offer water to the movers and any other individual assisting with the move. Trust us – they will greatly appreciate it.
Wear Light and Thin Clothes
Moving day isn’t the day to stress over your sense of style. You don’t want to be stuffy and uncomfortable just because you’re trying to make a fashion statement.
If you’re moving in the summer heat, you need to wear light, breathable clothing (think: cotton) and closed-toed shoes with socks. Pass on the thick garments and high heels that day, for the obvious reasons.
Moving includes constantly lifting heavy boxes, walking back and forth between rooms, and often driving long distances. None of these things will be pleasant if you’re wearing the wrong clothes.
Turn on the Air Conditioning
There’s nothing worse than to spend all day packing up a moving truck only to arrive at a home that is horrendously hot. To keep this from happening, turn your utilities on before the move.
Schedule to turn off and on the utilities beforehand so you don’t arrive at a home that feels like an oven. Cooling off your new home in advance will make everything much more bearable and give you the strength to keep pushing forward.
It’s something you can easily schedule with your electric company ahead of time whether you are moving in or out of state.
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.