Most people relocate between May and September, with July smack dab in the midst. There are advantages to relocating at various periods of the year. Summer provides the advantage of summer vacation, which means less disruption to children’s routines and sleep habits. Some people’s work duties may be lower in the summer (particularly teachers), making it simpler to free up the required time. Summer heat, on the other hand, may wreak havoc on your move. If you do decide to relocate over the summer, here are some items to include on your moving checklist.
1. Book Your Move Well in Advance
The most important thing to do when planning a summer move is to book your move well in advance. If you move a few days before the school year begins, you might be able to negotiate a discounted rate, especially if you are a repeat customer. If you are moving during the summer months and you have a few days between the move out day and the move in day, you may need to rent a storage unit. A storage unit can be a good choice because it could be a lot cheaper than paying for a hotel room, and you will have more space to store your items.
2. Start Moving Preparations Early
Summer is a busy time for families, especially for parents of small children. Moving preparations such as packing and organizing can be stressful with so many other things going on. Set aside some time to start your moving preparations early so you can feel less stressed and more comfortable with your moving timeline.
3. Keep Everybody Hydrated and Refreshed
It’s especially important to keep kids hydrated and refreshed during the summer months. There are lots of summer-related activities, and kids are likely to be up later. A quick refresher course on summer-related hydration and relief tips is a good idea for kids and for parents.
4. Dress for the Occasion
The easy part of a summer move is that you can wear whatever you want. The hard part is that you will definitely be moving in the heat. All those boxes and furniture are not only heavy, but they also soak up the hot, humid summer air. There is added incentive to complete the move quickly. So, pack smart and be prepared for the heat.
5. Watch Out for Overheating Symptoms
Heat exhaustion, or heat syncope, can happen when the body absorbs too much heat. It typically happens to people who aren’t used to the heat. Symptoms to watch for are dizziness, nausea, clammy skin, and cool, pale, or flushed skin. Those who faint due to heat exhaustion should be moved to a cool, shaded area and given some saltwater to drink.
6. Take Extra Care of Heat-Sensitive Items
Certain items and collections are sensitive to heat. For example, it is best not to ship items such as medications, perishable foods, collectibles, and antiques during the summer. These items are often fragile and might suffer some damage during shipping.
If you plan a move during the summer months, make sure you do it as early in the summer as you can. Most of the heat of summer is right at the beginning or the end of the season. The other thing to remember is to keep cool, hydrated, and refreshed to help you get through your move.
Moving can be a stressful process. If you follow these helpful tips, your move will be less stressful, and you will be able to settle into your new home more quickly.
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