Summertime is a popular time to move, but the heat can prove to be a challenge. Not only is the heat brutal to certain household items that don’t tolerate heat well, but it can take a toll on those helping with the move. There are some helpful tips to consider when moving in extremely hot weather conditions.
If at all possible, try to arrange to have the electricity shut off after you move out and turned on in your new home a day or so before you arrive. This will allow you to have a place where the air is cool for workers helping with the move as well as for any pets, elderly, young children or asthmatics who are all faster to succumb to extreme heat than others.
When the temperatures are scorching, be sure to take extra precautions in packaging and moving household items that are sensitive to the heat. Items like computers and other electronics do not fare well in the heat or humidity. If you can, pack these separately and transport inside an air-conditioned vehicle.
Begin loading up or unloading the moving truck as early in the morning as you can. The earlier the better because you still are able to enjoy some of the cool of the pre-peak sun time hours of the day. Try to get the most physical moving work done before it starts to really heat up between 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Have plenty of water on hand for friends and family members who are helping you move. It is extremely easy to get dehydrated in a hurry when the sun is beating down and you are constantly moving and lifting heavy furniture items and boxes. Look for signs of dehydration that include headache, dizziness, feeling extreme thirst, feeling fatigue, failure to sweat, muscle weakness or spasms.
Thick pants and long-sleeved shirts are great for protection from injuries like cuts and bruises, but they will make you hot in a hurry. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. Dark colors absorb the sun and make you feel hotter. When it comes to shoes, however, put on a good pair of cushioned socks and footwear. Work boots with steel toes are a great choice, but at the very least, put on tennis shoes to protect your feet.
Don’t forget about your skin. Use sunscreen to protect yourself from a nasty sunburn that will be painful hours after the moving day is over. Also, put on a hat to protect your head from the sun’s heat and rays.