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- Early Bird Catches the Worm: And also beats the heat! If possible, try to schedule your crew to arrive as early as possible on loading day so that they are not moving boxes and furniture out during the hottest part of the day. The later you wait, the warmer it gets, and the more energy it takes to complete the tasks that need to get done.
- Stay Cool: Make sure you don’t cut the power to your home until after you’ve moved out so that you’re not moving without AC and electricity for things like fans for you and the crew to keep cool during the day. Also, make sure the power is turned on early in your new home so you can ensure it has time to cool down before your arrival.
- Keep Hydrated and Energized: Make sure that you keep a cooler with waters and some sports drinks to ensure that everyone stays hydrated throughout the day. Make sure to allow time for breaks throughout the day so that no one gets overheated and there is time to grab a snack or meal to re-coup, if needed.
- Pack Smart: Keep in mind that some items won’t stand up to the heat of a moving truck. When its 95+ degrees outside, it’s even hotter inside the trailer of the truck. Items like Candles, photos, some electronics, and other items like CDs or DVDs that could warp in the heat, should be packed accordingly to ensure that they will be protected during your move.
- Dress Accordingly: Make sure to wear appropriate attire on moving day, especially if you plan to help pack and load. Wear close toed shoes and cotton socks. If you’ll be outside, make sure to wear sunblock and make sure you wear clothes that are lightweight, cool or even moisture wicking so that you do not get overheated during the move.
Whether you’re hiring a team of professionals or you and a group of friends and family are planning to tackle the task, taking special precautions during the hot summer months is important. Moving can exert a lot of energy and burn a lot of calories in cooler temperatures, so the heat only makes things more difficult. Make sure to stay hydrated and listen to your body! Don’t over-do-it and be sure to plan and prepare accordingly to make sure you beat the heat during your move.