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Tips for a Summer Move

June brides. Back to school. Apartments with amazing pools. Military transfers. There are as many reasons to move during the summer as there are binge-worthy shows on Netflix, which is why the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is peak moving season. And the fact that you don’t have to worry about slipping on the ice while hauling a couch on or off a moving truck? That’s an added bonus. Still, moving during the dog days of summer is not without challenges. Keep these moving tips in mind to make the transition as smooth as possible.

Plan Ahead

Whether you are hiring a full-service moving company or renting a truck for a DIY move, make your reservations as far in advance as possible. Weekends fill up fast—and tend to be more expensive than weekdays—so consider taking a few days off work and moving midweek if possible.

Pack Strategically

The temperature inside the back of a moving truck can get upwards of 140°F on a summer day. Even if it’s parked in the shade, it will get hot enough in the back of a moving truck to melt candles and warp plastic. That vintage vinyl collection you’re so proud of? It’ll melt faster than crayons in a dryer. Pack a separate box for vulnerable items and keep it in an air-conditioned vehicle to prevent damage. Similarly, leather furniture will sweat and stain if it’s wrapped in plastic. Instead, use a moving blanket to protect it from dings and scratches.

Stay Hydrated

Moving is essentially like an extended CrossFit workout. And you wouldn’t hit the box to complete the Murph or any other WOD without a water bottle. Make sure the fridge at both your old and new place is stocked with bottled water, or fill a cooler if the fridge is going in the back of the moving truck. It is important that everyone stays hydrated and energized throughout a summer move.

Keep Your Cool

The doors to both your old place and your new place will be open nonstop. While it may be tempting to crank up the AC, it may not be as effective as opening windows for cross ventilation and using fans to keep movers cool. Cooling towels can also prevent movers from overheating.

Board Your Pets

Make arrangements ahead of time to take your canine companion or feline friend to a day spa or kennel on moving day. You don’t want risk injuries with them underfoot, or worry about them escaping through an open door.

Have you moved during the summer? Share your moving tips with other members of our community in the comments below.