Moving in the Summer? Tips to Get You Started

Family moving home and carrying cardboard boxesSummers is a popular month for moving. After all, the weather is warm, kids are out of school and you have friends and family less resistant to the idea of waking up early to help you move your stuff. But, even if you have the best temperatures and a lot of help, moving your house in the summer is a big ordeal. So, to help make it a little easier, here are a few tips for pulling off a great summer move.


Moving in the summer also means moving in the heat. It is important that you and everyone helping you stays hydrated during the process. Buy a package of water bottles and put them in an ice chest. Make sure everyone takes one and keeps drinking throughout the day. Being hydrated not only keeps you safe, but it will actually give you the energy you need to complete the move.

Dress Right

Summer moves mean you need to wear comfortable clothing that can help in the heat. Avoid wearing sandals and still wear comfortable, sturdy shoes. You can wear short sleeves and shorts, but if you’re exposing your skin, make sure to also slather on the sunscreen. There is nothing worse than moving and ending up with a bad sunburn.

Turn on the Air Conditioning

While it might mean you pay more in electricity, crank up the air conditioning in your current place as well as the new place. That way while everyone is moving in and out they at least get a little cool air in the process. Also, keeping your apartments cool will keep them from getting muggy or humid, which can make it unbearable.

Try for the Middle of the Month

Most people move in the summer, which means the beginning and end of summer months are when rental trucks and boxes will be hard to find. If you move mid-month, you are more likely to get a rental truck and all of the supplies (and maybe even friends to help) you need to move.

Don’t Pack Perishables

Your boxes are likely to sit in the heat for a few hours. So don’t pack perishable food in boxes. Instead, keep food separate and make sure every box is labeled so that people know what needs to get into the new apartment first and what can sit on the truck for a few hours while you unload.

Jun 2014