Monday • August 17th, 2020
“BEAT THE HEAT”
Summer Moving Do’s & Don’ts
Hello, fellow Floridians! We are approaching the end of summer and we’re pretty sure we can speak for all of you when we say the cooler weather can’t come soon enough! Are we right?
Although the summer months are painfully hot here in Florida, they are some of the most popular months for moving, especially for students, families and busy professionals. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to help your summer move a little less sweaty and exhausting.
First thing is first – we’d highly recommend hiring professional movers. They can take care of the heavy lifting so you can focus on your other moving checklist items. Let’s not add “back ache” to an already taxing experience. Check out our “do’s and don’ts” list below. It could be a game-changer!
DON’T FORGET WATER
Moving in the summer heat means you will most likely be thirsty the majority of the time. To avoid over-heating, make sure to keep plenty of water bottles on-hand at the old and new home. If you’ve hired professional movers, it’s a great idea (and a very kind gesture) to offer them and anyone else helping with the move water throughout the move as well. Trust us – they will thank you!
DO APPLY QUALITY SUNSCREEN
If you’re from Florida or another state notorious for being hot most of the year, you probably stay stocked up on sunscreen. Moving day is no different, especially if you plan on being outside for part or most of the day. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends choosing a water-resistant sunscreen with broad-spectrum coverage as well as one that has an SPF of 30 or higher. Make sure to apply the sunscreen 30 minutes before heading outside. It’s also a good idea to apply it multiple times throughout the day to avoid a sunburn, which may be one of the last things you’d think about amongst the “moving day” chaos.
DON’T FORGET TO PACK COOLERS FOR PERISHABLES
If you’re staying local, there’s no need to throw the contents of your fridge in the trash. If you have a large cooler, try packing it with perishable items such as milk, juice, fruits and veggies along with ice and/or ice packs to keep them fresh during your move.
DO BRING A PORTABLE FAN
Having a portable fan easily accessible during your move can be a life saver during these hot summer months, especially if the AC in your new home hasn’t been turned on yet. You’ll want to have a fan set up near the entrance of the home and/or where your movers will be loading and unloading the truck. Luckily, portable fans are fairly inexpensive and can be found at plenty of nearby stores including Target, Walmart and Home Depot.
DON’T UNDERESTIMATE THE AMOUNT OF PREP TIME
Let’s be honest – no one wants to make moving a longer process than it has to be, especially in this heat. However, just throwing everything willy-nilly in the back of a truck and taking off will just create more stress and chaos during transit and the unloading process. Moving during the summertime takes careful thought, preparation and planning in order to be successful. Start packing your boxes and bags at least a month ahead of time. Start getting estimates and hire your professional movers several months before.
DO TURN THE AC ON IN YOUR NEW HOME
Picture this: You finally get to your new home; it’s all finally coming together. BUT…you walk inside and it’s unbearably HOT. That’s the last thing you want, right? To avoid this situation, we recommend turning your utilities on prior to moving day. If you live nearby and can switch on the air conditioning the day before the move, then make sure to do so right away. Cooling down your new home in advance will make the move and transition much more seamless. If you’re moving long distance, make sure to turn the AC on once you arrive at the new home.
READY TO MOVE THIS SUMMER?
Moving in the summer heat is much simpler when you have professionals to help with the heavy lifting. To get started on your moving process, give us a call for your FREE estimate. We are licensed and insured, so you can rest assured that your move will be in the hands of true professionals. Even though we only move within the state of Florida, we can assist with the loading or unloading of a rental truck for those of you moving out of state or from out of state. Wishing you the best of luck and happy moving!!