Running Out of Time? Try Our Five Tips for a Late Summer Move

By Brooke Drake, July 7, 2015, Moving

Running Out of Time? Try Our Five Tips for a Late Summer Move Summer is the most popular time of year to move. It’s popular mainly because kids are out of school, and because it’s safer to move in warmer weather rather than in icy, cold winter.

However, due to this popularity and the summer heat, you can run across a few problems if you try to move later in summer. To help alleviate those problems, here are five moving tips to assist in a safe and successful summer move.

  1. Stay Hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids like water and Gatorade to maintain your energy and strength without becoming overheated. If you start to feel symptoms such as headache, fatigue, nausea, or muscle cramps, stop immediately, lie down somewhere cool, and hydrate (webmd.com). Note: If you are using movers, it’s a thoughtful gesture to bring water for them as well so you can maintain the safety of all parties involved.
  2. Transfer Your Energy. Keep utilities like electricity and/or gas turned on at your old residence, and be sure that those utilities are turned on in your new location too. This is especially important if you are moving into an area where temperatures are high so your new home can be cool.
  3. Register Kids for Schools Ahead of Time. Families moving in late summer should register their kids for school ahead of time (if possible) so kids will be ready to attend the first day of school. Registration deadlines should be found on the school or school district’s website. This definitely applies for children who will attend a Day Care or Mother’s Day Out program, as they tend to book up fast.
  4. Choose Your Mover. Since summer is the busiest time of the year to move, moving companies book up quickly. If you are using a moving company, reserve your spot as early as possible – at least six weeks ahead of your scheduled move, according to moveline.com.
  5. Protect All Heat-Sensitive Items. During late summer, the heat can be unbearable so you can only imagine how hot the back of a moving truck can get. Rather than blindly packing everything, take some time to research what items can be transferred in the moving truck and which items should go with you in an air conditioned car. According to the folks at Liveability.com, key items to take with you are candles, aerosols, and electronics.

Whew! Moving is hard work, especially when it’s extra hot in late summer. Hopefully, you can put these tips to good use as you and your family move into your new home!

 

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