As promised, we’re back with more tips about moving in the summer heat! Most people move in the summer, and it’s already getting pretty hot in North Carolina. Start packing now – save yourself the headache and prepare early. Here’s part two of our moving dos and don’ts:

Don’t move during a holiday weekend

Not only will there be less movers and truck rentals available to assist you with the move, but it will also be much more expensive to move during a summer holiday weekend. Not to mention, you can bet traffic on the roads will be at a standstill. You may even end up having to take multiple detours (thanks to those holiday parades) just to get to the new home. Summer holiday weekends to avoid moving include Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day.

Do keep electronics cool

Use extra caution when packing and moving electronics during the summer. Unfortunately, it’s all too easy for these items to become overheated and ruined on a hot summer’s day. From smart phones and laptops to TVs and appliances, electrical items do not typically fare well in hot conditions. To keep your items in tip-top shape during the move, be sure to pack them separately and keep them in air conditioned surroundings at all times. Electronics should be the last items placed on the truck and the first items taken off the truck once you arrive. Be sure to pack them in waterproof bins and bags to prevent water damage from a summer shower as well.

Don’t underestimate the amount of prep time

Don’t just willy-nilly throw everything in the back of a truck and take off. Moving during the summertime takes careful thought, preparation and planning in order to be successful. Start packing your boxes and bags at least a month ahead of time. Interview and hire your movers several months before. For help creating and sticking to a moving timeline, use our move planner tool, which includes a customizable moving checklist, personal tasks list, email reminders and coupons to help you stay organized during a move.

Do bring a portable fan

Having a portable fan on-hand to help you stay cool is one of the most important things you can do during a summer move – especially if the air conditioning in your new place hasn’t been turned on. You’ll want to have a fan set up near the entrance of the home and/or where your movers will be loading and unloading the truck. Fortunately, portable fans are fairly inexpensive and can be found at plenty of nearby stores including Target, Walmart and Home Depot.

Don’t forget to put perishables in coolers

Moving close by? If you have the right packing supplies, there’s no need to throw out perishable food items. Instead of dumping the contents of your fridge into the trash, try placing them in coolers full of ice and/or icepacks the morning of your move. As long as the coolers are cold enough to keep things fresh, you should be able to salvage everything from milk and juices to veggies and fruits.

Do apply quality sunscreen

Plan to be outside for part or most of the moving day? If so, applying sunscreen is an absolute must. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends choosing a water-resistant sunscreen with broad-spectrum coverage as well as one that has an SPF of 30 or higher. Make sure to apply the sunscreen 30 minutes before heading outside.

At Advance Moving and Storage, we are movers who are here to help you have the best move possible in Greenville, New Bern, Kinston, NC, and surrounding areas. We’re dedicated to making sure you get everything you need on your next move. Large and small moves welcome – whether you’re local, intrastate, or interstate – our courteous, experienced personnel are ready to help. 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.