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10 Tips for Moving During the Summer

10 Tips for Moving During the Summer

Are you planning on moving this summer? High summer temperatures can make moving to a new home or apartment especially difficult. Preparing in advance for your summertime move can save loads of anguish and stress.moving-during-the-summer

Obviously, you’ll want to plan for the heat – but that’s easier said than done. Here are 10 essential tips to be aware of before you start planning your move:

1. Stay hydrated

For safety reasons, this is the first item on our list. Doing physical work (i.e. moving) outside for long periods of time can put excess stress on the body, especially during the summer. You’ll want to make sure that you drink plenty of water before, during, and after your move.

2. Avoid the heat

Try to keep your time exposed to the sun to a minimum. This can be done in a few ways.

moving-during-the-summerYou can park the moving van as close to your place as possible, to minimize the amount of time that you’re exposed to the outside heat.

Also, the more preparation that you’ve done before your move, the quicker that the move can happen. If boxes are ready to go and organized, they can be set directly into the moving van without needing additional time to arrange them in the back. Playing Tetris in the back of a moving van takes valuable time, and isn’t nearly as fun outside in the summer.


3. Dress appropriately

Just as you wouldn’t wear a fur coat in the desert, you wouldn’t want to be overdressed for a move.

Wear light clothing to help keep your body cooler. Short sleeved shirts and shorts will probably be the most comfortable choice.

Make sure to apply plenty of sun block. You can also wear a hat and sunglasses while outside – your eyes will thank you, and you won’t get a headache from the constant lighting changes. Also, try keeping a damp towel around your neck on especially hot days.

4. Use your air conditioner

If your electricity is still on at your current place, keep the air conditioner on during the move.

When arriving at your new location, turn on the air conditioner there as well before beginning to move items inside. There could be nothing worse than arriving at your new place, walking in while sweating and carrying boxes, and then realizing that the air inside is even hotter than the outside.

5. Plan Smart

Many people plan vacations and trips around the summertime, as well as their moves. This is a great time to take a moving-during-the-summertrip, but make sure to allow plenty of time before and after moving when setting your travel dates. You’ll want to allow at least a week if moving into an apartment, or two weeks or more if moving into a home.

Items can be misplaced during moves (such as your passport) and you’ll want to ensure that you have as much time as possible to comfortably locate everything that you’ll need for your trip before leaving.

6. Take caution with cleaning products and chemicals

Regular household cleaning products can become toxic when left inside of a hot truck. Make sure to move these items separately and quickly, and to keep them out of the heat. This includes all cleaning chemicals, as well as flammable items such as gas or propane tanks, and matches. It also includes pesticides, and paints.

These items can be difficult to move, heavy, and messy. Consider whether the stress of moving the items is greater than their actual value before your moving day.

7. Take care of sensitive items

Many types of items can be damaged by exposure to high temperatures (which can happen during a move on a hot day). This includes electronics, film, candles, leather, and many other types of items. Take care to keep any sensitive items well protected. You can wrap furniture in protective padding, and keep electronic items in their cases to insulate them from the heat.

8. Be friendly to your movers

It’s understandable that you’ll want to take a few breaks during your move, as it’s hot and you’ll be tired from working under the sun. Your movers could likely be feeling the same way.


Offer your movers cold water during the move, and give them breaks during the summer to regenerate their energy. You’ll feel better after taking your break – more focused, and with more energy. Your movers will too.





9. Watch your children

If you have kids, and they’re not old enough to help with the move, it might be a good idea to keep them out of the process. Make arrangements before your move for a place that they can stay, such as a friend or family member’s house, or at a childcare facility.

During a move, you’ll want to be able to stay focused to get the job done as smoothly as possible. Children can need constant monitoring which can create delays in your move.


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10.  Pets get hot too

It might be easiest to simply ask a friend to take care of your pets during your move, but if that’s not an option, all hope is not lost.

Have your pets stay indoors as much as possible. Keep them away from the movers and yourself, so you can stay focused on the move. Make sure they have access to plenty of water. Just as we recommended keeping the air conditioning on for yourself, your pets will appreciate it too.

Only transport your pets in your personal car, and only keep your pets in your car while you are driving it; unload them right after you arrive at your new place.


Although this is not a complete list of everything that you should know before your summer move, it should encompass most of the main issues to be aware of. Your summer move doesn’t have to be a hot, sweaty event – it can be just another move – as long as you take the above precautions and make sure to plan ahead.



  1. gary
    Posted May 18, 2015 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    I agree that it is a good idea to be friendly to your movers. They really appreciate it when homeowners offer them water and other refreshments while they are working. Movers can get very dehydrated during the summer. It is worth keeping them feeling good so they can put in the proper effort it takes to move.

  2. Jenn
    Posted June 17, 2015 at 6:17 am | Permalink

    I’m moving to DC this summer, and I’m already worried about the heat. Moving is stressful enough without adding extreme temperatures. I’ll definitely stay hydrated, and I’ll see what I can do about moving later in the day. At least I don’t have a pet to worry about.

  3. Dave
    Posted June 19, 2015 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    My family and I are planning on moving sometime this summer. It can get really hot so we are going to be sure to use your tip to “stay hydrated” as much as possible. I don’t want anyone getting heat stroke, or anywhere near it. Thank you for the great tips on moving during the summer.

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