Let’s face it—New Jersey can get hot in the summer. And while the sunshine and sandy beaches are great perks, dealing with the heat and humidity when you’re trying to move is less than enjoyable.
Your friends at J.D. Carton & Son understand that lugging boxes all day during an interstate residential move is tough, so we’ve put together a list of tips and tricks to make moving in the heat just a little bit more bearable.
Protect Valuables – Many important items such as DVDs, cell phones, laptops and other electronics can be severely damaged by high temperatures. Be sure and take special consideration to keep these types of items in cool, dry places for the duration of the move. If possible, carry these items in your air-conditioned car with you or make sure they are the first items unpacked from the moving truck to avoid unnecessary damage.
Take Breaks – Heat exhaustion is a very real concern when you’re working hard outside all day. If you start to feel dizzy, light-headed, fatigued or have cramps, get to a shady or air-conditioned area immediately to rest and cool down. To avoid heat exhaustion in the first place, be sure and drink lots of water during your moving day. You should also take frequent breaks and avoid tight, restrictive clothing whenever possible. To avoid the hottest parts of the day, start your move early, or wait until the late afternoon/evening when outside temperatures are lower.
Take Your Time – Understand that even in New Jersey, household moving during the summer swelter will oftentimes take longer and more effort than if you were moving in cooler weather—and that’s okay. The most important part of moving in the heat is to make sure that no one gets sick or injured during the process. Keep the air-conditioning on in both your old home and new home whenever possible; schedule in time for breaks and don’t set rushed or unrealistic deadlines to complete the move.