With the family at home and students everywhere packing up for a new semester at college, summer has quickly become a busy season for moving, despite the rising temperatures.
Before you brave the high heats in Texas, make sure to keep the following in mind to make the move as easy as possible.
Prepare for the move
- Keep important documents easily accessible such as school records you might need upon arriving to your new home.
- Pack everything into categories, making moving much easier. Separating your belongings into priority objects like clothes and cooking supplies will allow you to unpack what you need upon arriving. It will also give you a chance to see what you can easily give away to friends or give to charity.
- Set up your utilities before you arrive to have lights and cool air from your AC as you arrive. Getting the utilities taken care of beforehand will make it easier and avoid any sleepless nights in the heat.
- Pack objects that could be affected by heat elsewhere due to the high heats. Vinyl records, CDs, DVDs, as well as candles could be damaged, so packing them separately or in your vehicle will allow for less of an issue upon arriving.
- Plan ahead for your kids and pets by keeping them cool in a separate room or asking a friend to watch them so that you can take care of the packing fast.
Avoid the Texas heat when moving
- Check the weather the day of the move for higher than expected temperatures. Moving heavy furniture like sofas, beds, and electronics in the high heat could result in heat exhaustion or even heat stroke.
- Consider changing the day of the move for a later date if the temperature will be high to ensure you’re not placing yourself in harm’s way.
- Move in the early morning or evening to take advantage of the lower temperatures. Less heat also means that vehicles are less likely to overheat.
- Protect yourself from the heat by using sunscreen lotions as well as wearing loose, light-colored clothing to avoid any risk of overheating.
- Hydrate and keep yourself nourished by drinking cold water or beverages with electrolytes as well as snacks that are non-perishable. Granola, fruit bars, and mixed nuts are solid options that will keep you full of energy.
Moving companies are here to help you
Having to move boxes by yourself can be overwhelming, and having to do so with the high temperatures could be dangerous. The best option is to use the help of a moving company to make the transition as smooth as possible.
- Schedule a moving company early due to the high demand. Booking your movers as soon as possible could help reduce costs as well as taking the stress out of your move.
- Moving on a weekday makes it easier to avoid the rush of moving and is usually a solid choice for moving companies to schedule a move that works best for you. Weekends and holidays tend to be the busiest days of the year.
- Gather your moving supplies early if you will be packing up most of your belongings. Some of the supplies such as boxes and packing tape might be a bit hard to come by, so make a list of the supplies you will need beforehand.