Moving in the Florida summer heat can be challenging, but there are many good reasons to move during the hottest months of the year. If you move early enough in the summer, the kids can be settled before the school year starts. There is also an influx of inventory in the summer, as more people list their homes for sale in these months, so it may be the right time to get into the neighborhood you want. To be prepared for a summer move, there are a few steps you can take that will help things go as smoothly as possible on moving day.
Make a Schedule and Include Breaks
Even if you can’t keep to the exact times listed in your schedule, having a guideline will be helpful, especially if you aren’t hiring professional movers. Avoiding the hottest hours of the day will make your move much easier. Try to coordinate breaks at key times, including a lunch break that falls between 12 and 2, the hottest times of the day. If you will not have an indoor place to take a break, ensure you’ll have a shady area to rest in.
Start Early to Avoid the Heat and Rain
Another way to avoid having to work when it is hottest is to start as early as possible. Loading can be completed quickly before the sun starts to beam, and you can use the later morning hours for cleaning, packing, throwing away unwanted items and driving between the locations. Rain is most likely to hit in the early afternoon or evening, so try to unload before or after this time. If you can’t avoid the rain, invest in plastic drop cloths to protect items that can’t get wet, or load these items into a smaller vehicle that can be pulled right into the garage.
Confirm That Both Places Have Air Conditioning
Turning off the power to your old home too soon can make the process of moving things out unbearable, so try to give yourself an extra day or two after your anticipated move out date. This will allow you to stay cool if you must come back and finish up certain tasks. In the event you get everything out on the first day, you can always ask the power company to switch off the power early.
Keep Everyone Busy and Hydrated
If kids will be part of your move, finding ways to keep them busy is key to having a good day. Some of the small tasks that kids can help with on moving day include:
- Packing and labeling boxes
- Checking packed rooms to see if any items were left behind
- Caring for pets during the move