Summer is the hot reason for real estate—figuratively and literally! But while buying a home when the market is hot might seem the logical thing to do, moving during that sticky summer heat might not be so favorable. Here’s how to keep your cool while moving during the summer.
The Dos of Moving During the Summer
Moving during the summer can be advantageous—longer days, kids out of school, perhaps more free time of your own. But it definitely has its downsides, too: namely, the heat. But with a little planning and preparation, you can make the most of the long days of summer to welcome yourself into a new home.
Here’s what you need to do.
Leave plenty of time to prepare
Because summer is a hot homebuying season, it’s also a hot moving season, which means that many moving and rental truck companies book up fast. If you plan on making a move in the next month or two, make sure you book your truck or trailer or hire a moving company ASAP.
Leaving more time to prepare will also give you more time to shop around for the best prices, rates, and deals.
Pack in advance
As soon as you know you’ll be moving, start packing. You likely have a few rooms or closets full of things you don’t use often—like winter clothes or coats. Packing little by little will give you time to get, and stay, organized, and will save you from too much last-minute frantic rushing.
When packing, try to use smaller boxes, and pack by room whenever possible. Be sure to label everything, and make sure to note anything containing fragile items or items that won’t do well in a non-temperature controlled area (such as a hot moving truck). You may want to separate out the latter into their own box or boxes.
Start early to beat the heat
One of the best ways to beat the heat is to start early. Typically, the sun’s rays are strongest between 11am and 3pm, so it’s best not to move during this time, if possible. If you can get up early to start hauling boxes, do so.
Try to plan your day so your traveling or unpacking/cleaning times fall during the hottest parts of the day. For example, you might want to haul things out of your home in the morning, drive to the new home and clean it during the midday heat, and then unload during the afternoon.
If you can’t avoid being out in the heat (and realistically, you probably won’t be able to) at least make sure you’re ready for it. Stick to lightweight, loose-fitting, breathable fabric. Avoid synthetic fabrics, and try to wear light colors. Sunglasses and a hat can bring additional relief, too.
Bring lots of water (and snacks)
Moving is sweaty work! It’s easy to become dehydrated in the heat and sunlight, especially when you’re focused on a task, so make sure you’re hydrating. Bring plenty of water (or glasses, if you can drink from the tap) for everyone helping out.
You might also want to keep some salty snacks handy, too. Sweating releases a lot of salt, which, combined with ardent hydration, can actually lead to an electrolyte imbalance—but nothing a little salt can’t cure!
Beware of leaving boxes in the heat
Hopefully you remembered to separate out your temperature-picky belongings when you packed! You probably won’t want to leave such items on a moving truck or in a box in the sun for a long period of time. You might even want to take them with you in the car in a separate bag or box, or at least make sure they’re the first off the moving truck and into the new house.
Bring cooling devices
Even if your new home has air conditioning, you may still want to bring some additional cooling devices, like fans or window ACs, along with you. You might also want to keep some cold towels on hand—just fill a cooler with ice and roll several damp washcloths inside.
Know the symptoms of overheating
Hot weather isn’t just uncomfortable; it can be dangerous if you’re not prepared! Should anyone start to experience headaches, nausea, dizziness, weakness, muscle cramps, or confusion, get them out of the heat and into air conditioning ASAP. Drinking water, lying down, or taking a cold shower can also be helpful.
Ready to Make a Move in the Triangle Suburbs?
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