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The majority of moves in America take place sometime between Memorial Day and Labor Day. While moving in the summer is convenient for families, students and busy professionals, it can also be downright miserable thanks to the season’s oppressive heat. Fortunately, there are things you can do (and not do!) to avoid a summer move that is sweaty and exhausting. For starters, we recommend hiring professionals to help with the heavy lifting, so that you can concentrate on other moving checklist items. For more tips on summer moving, check out our dos and don’ts of moving in the summer heat. Part 1:

Do expect to pay more

There’s no getting around the fact that summer is the most expensive time to move. Everything from moving containers to moving companies are in high demand during the summer months (also known as “peak moving season.”). The reason? For starters, with school out for the summer, families with school-age children are simply more keen to move during this time. College students are also moving into and out of their dorms during the beginning and ending of the summer. Many consider the weather to be ideal for moving as well – not to mention, there are less holidays to worry about. Given that summer is the most popular time to move, you’ll likely have to pay more to move during these months.

Don’t forget water bottles for yourself and the movers

Moving in the summer heat means you will almost certainly be thirsty much of the time. To avoid overheating, be sure to pack plenty of water bottles with you for the move. Even if you’re enlisting professional movers, it’s always a good idea to keep water bottles on-hand at the old and new home. Make sure to offer water to the movers and anyone else helping out with the move. Trust us – they will thank you.

Do start the move early in the day

Beat the heat by starting your move early in the morning. This is when temperatures and humidity levels tend to be lowest during the summer months. We recommend starting as early as possible. In addition to beating the heat, you’re also more likely to beat the traffic by starting the move early. Aim to begin around 8 a.m. – or even earlier if possible. If mornings are not a convenient time for you (and you’re planning a DIY move), then we recommend moving in the late afternoon or evening hours when temperatures cool down.

Don’t wear heavy fabrics and inappropriate clothing

Moving day is not the day to worry about being stylish. It’s also not the time to be uncomfortable. If you’re moving in the summer heat, you absolutely need to wear light, breathable clothing (think: cotton) and comfortable, closed-toe shoes with socks. Forget the heavy fabrics and high heels. Moving often involves lifting heavy boxes, walking back and forth between rooms, driving long distances, and packing boxes. None of these things can be done well if you’re donning uncomfortable and inappropriate clothing.

Do turn the AC on in your new home

The last thing you want on moving day is to arrive at a home that is unbearably hot. To avoid this situation, we recommend turning your utilities on prior to the move. If you live nearby and are able to switch on the air conditioning the day before the move, then make sure to do so pronto. Cooling down your new home beforehand will make the move and transition much more seamless. If you’re moving long distance, make sure to switch the AC on once you arrive at the new home.

Check back next week for part 2!

With over 20 years of experience in the industry, no matter what you need, our dedicated staff is ready to help. Call Advance Moving and Storage, Inc. for all of your moving needs in Eastern NC.