Tips for Moving in Summer Weather

In most parts of the country, summer weather is ideal for tackling a big move. But, high heat and humidity and unpredictable storms can challenge a household move. Prepare your household and care for your body with these essential moving tips for people moving during the summer months.

Schedule Movers Early

Summer is the peak moving season because the weather is generally cooperative, and children are out of school. Be sure to schedule your move as soon as you have a moving date. Movers tend to fill up quickly for summer dates, so getting ahead of the summer rush is essential.

Use Up Your Food

When packing for a move during the summer months, it’s essential to consider the perishable items in your refrigerator and pantry. The heat can quickly spoil food. To avoid this, use as much perishable food as possible in the days leading up to your move. Plan meals strategically to minimize waste and avoid buying new groceries closer to the moving date. For items you won’t consume in time, consider donating them to neighbors, friends, or local food banks. 

Check the Weather

Always check the weather before moving day. You want to know about the temperature and any possible inclement weather. Have the plan to keep people hydrated and out of the sun on scorching days. Ensure you have a contingency plan for dangerous storms or high winds.

Prioritize Children and Pets

Summer heat can be dangerous, and keeping all family members safe is essential, including pets and children. Ensure children remain indoors where the temperature is cooler and they can stay from the sun. Keep pets indoors with plenty of food and water throughout the move. On a hot summer day, you should always supervise your pet, providing plenty of shade and water.

Wear Appropriate Clothing

Make sure you wear appropriate clothing for the move. Choose light-colored fabrics that breathe well and wick away moisture. Always wear proper footwear, even if you aren’t doing the bulk of heavy lifting. Closed-toed shoes are a must on moving days. Cover your head with a hat to protect you from the sun and keep your body temperature down.

Sunscreen and Hydrate

The summer heat can pose some real health concerns if you don’t take the proper precautions. Remember to apply sunscreen to protect yourself even if you will be switching between the outdoors and indoors for your move. Stay hydrated throughout the day with electrolytes and water. Try to avoid sugary or caffeinated drinks that will only dehydrate you more.

Beat the Summer Heat With Pro Movers

The summer months are great for moving, so it is considered the busy season for movers. You can have a successful move by taking care of yourself and planning ahead of time for the weather. For a fast, efficient, and professional moving team, contact us! We are happy to offer a quote for your next move.


How to Pack Your Kitchen for Your Move

Packing a kitchen for a residential move is a tall task. It can be challenging to pack as one of the most often used rooms in the house, especially while still actively living in the home. To simplify the process, we’ve put together these tips to help make the job easier for you.

1. Start Using Perishable Foods

To avoid throwing out food, make meal plans a few weeks before you move and start packing. This will help you downsize your kitchen and make packing easier. Use what’s already in your refrigerator, freezer, and pantry to decide what to prepare. This way, you have less waste, save money, and have convenient, ready-to-eat meals during those busy days leading up to your move.

2. Go Through Your Items

If you’re like most other people, you probably have duplicates in mugs, flatware, dinnerware, and utensils. Plan to sell, give away, or donate items you probably don’t need. Next, go through your cabinets and drawers and put aside items you never or rarely use, such as gadgets that collect dust. Once you decide what to keep and downsize, you can start the packing process.

3. Collect Boxes and Packing Supplies

To pack your kitchen, you’ll need a variety of packing supplies. Generally, you’ll need:

  • Large boxes for lightweight items
  • Heavy-duty boxes with thick lining for small appliances and fragile items
  • Dishpak boxes
  • Bubble wrap, packing paper, and foam to safeguard breakables
  • Peanuts to fill extra space in boxes containing fragile items
  • Packing tape to seal boxes
  • Sharpie and labels to identify what’s in boxes

You might need various boxes of different sizes to pack up your kitchen. 

  1. Pack Least-Used Items First

Pack your least-used kitchen items first to cause the least disruption in your household. This way, you can stow those boxes out of the way while focusing on other tasks. Items you probably won’t need until after your move include:

  • Food storage containers
  • Mixing bowls
  • Baking accessories
  • Cookbooks
  • Small kitchen appliances/gadgets
  • Wine glasses
  • Holiday tableware
  • Vases
  • Extra potholders, dishtowels, etc.

You can also remove your kitchen décor and knick-knacks off your walls, shelves, counters, and other spaces.

5. Clear Out Drawers, Cabinets, and Shelves

An excellent place to start is with your junk drawer. This will help you downsize unnecessary clutter while packing away miscellaneous items you probably won’t need. Next, you can move to your shelves and cabinets. Try to group like items together to make it easier to unpack at the other end of your move.

As you pack up cabinets and shelves, keep out one set of dishes, flatware, and cups for each person. If you still plan to prepare a few meals until moving day, keep out a pot, frying pan, or baking dish, as necessary.

6. Pack Up the Pantry

Use as much as possible in the month leading up to your move so it’s less bulk to pack. Sort out any expired foods or ones with damaged packaging you may have missed and discard them.

Moving Made Easy!

Packing a kitchen often requires patience, but the more you do ahead of time, the easier this task becomes.

Ready to plan your move? Contact us today to obtain a free quote!