Moving In Summer? This Is Your Cool Safety Guide.


 

Planning on moving in the summer heat and trying not to fry like an egg on a hot sidewalk?  

Summer is peak moving season. So not only is it hot, but it’s the busiest time for both movers and residents.  

Considering the amount of time and effort involved in moving, you don’t want to waste time or overheat yourself or a moving crew. 

Can you picture the ultimate summertime post-move scenario:

Relaxing with your air conditioner blasting…

Stress-free and totally finished?

If you can’t, that’s cool (pun intended). Because, luckily for you, we’ve learned a thing or two throughout 30+ years of moving during Texan summers, when 100-degree temps are super common. 

Whether you’re hiring movers or DIYing it, check out these summer moving tips that will keep you cool and collected despite scorching temps and insects. 

1. Take Lots of Breaks in Hot Weather

It’s great to pride yourself on keeping a steady pace no matter what kind of work you do. But, remember, moving day is not the time to overexert yourself! Especially if you’re moving in summer when it often gets extremely hot outside.

Keep these tips in mind. They’ll be particularly helpful if you’re not used to lifting heavy items or have a medical condition vulnerable to heat:  

  • Be comfortable; don’t rush to avoid rest periods during your move. 
  • Have intervals for mini-breaks—time yourself or set reminders if necessary.
  • Sit in the shade whenever you start feeling winded, thirsty, or tired. 

You might not want to delay your move, but consider how a trip to the hospital would interrupt your day if you get severe dehydration or heatstroke! 

It’s not worth the risk. 

 

2. Stay Consistently Cool & Hydrated

You lose water when you sweat. If you do vigorous activity and don’t replace fluids as you go along, you can become dehydrated. Hot, humid weather increases the amount you sweat and the amount of fluid you lose.

Not a big water drinker? Well, now is the time to start! (At least on moving day.)

Buy a liter or gallon of water and get ready to build a new relationship with H2O. It’s what’s going to keep you alive during your summertime move! If you simply can’t bring yourself to drink plain water all day, try sports drinks like Gatorade

Either way, thorough hydration doesn’t just start on your move day. Try to start drinking water regularly at least 1-2 days before moving

Skip this, and you risk sweating out all your electrolytes after spending a couple of hours dragging your furniture and dozens of boxes out the door. The good news is that technology makes it simple to track your water intake, like this list of apps that fight dehydration.

Stick to these science-backed summer moving tips to stay hydrated:

  • Pack enough hydrating fluids for all day. 
  • Stick to drinking water, coconut water, or electrolyte-rich, sugarless sports drinks. 
  • Avoid dehydrating beverages high in caffeine or sugar, like energy drinks or juice.
  • Totally skip the alcohol (you can celebrate moving later!)
  • Pack a snack of fresh fruit, especially if you can’t carry a drink along.

Finally, who could forget about air conditioning

Living in Texas wouldn’t be the same without it, so make sure to set up your electricity service for your move day. You’ll want to make sure the lights and air conditioning are on at your new place before moving in summer!

 

3. Watch Out for Summertime Insects on Your Move Day

From 1997 to 2017 in July:  279 Americans died after being stung by hornets, wasps or bees. 2,917 Americans died from heat exposure. (CDC.gov)

Southern summers are notorious for insects.  

If you’re not familiar with the South, here our summers are pretty much a competition between bugs and the sun. 

With rainfall, high humidity, and lots of tasty humans hanging outside, it’s basically playtime for insects, including mosquitos. 

Mosquito-borne diseases—like the West Nile and Zika viruses—have also been found in the world’s deadliest animal here in Texas. So, it’s vital to protect yourself! 

Not to mention roaches, disease-carrying ticks, and other critters who like hitching rides on your stuff. The last thing you need is an infestation in your new home!

Stinging insects can also attack when feeling threatened by you or a mover who disturbs their nests. 

Use these tips to avoid insect issues when you’re moving in the summer:

  • Allergic or attractive to mosquitos? Book a fixed move time when mosquitoes are least active. Avoid dusk & dawn.  
  • Eliminate sources of standing water where mosquitoes like to breed. 
  • Apply an EPA-approved insect spray, but don’t use it on children under 2. Offer some to your movers, too!
  • Inspect all indoor & outdoor furniture and fabrics for infestations before deciding to take them with you.
  • Clear out fire ant hills, especially if they’re on the path to your new or former property. You don’t want to accidentally trip on them! 
  • Spray or hire a pest control company up to 1 month before moving.
  • Safely remove small wasp nests near outside corners or doorways. 
  • Always call a professional to remove larger nests of hives of ants, wasps, termites, or bees, which are more dangerous to you & your structure. 
  • Don’t spray beehives! Bee pesticides are often illegal and honeybee populations are critical to our food supplies. Call an apiary professional for help. 
  • Repair damage & clean residue so that your structure isn’t unstable and more critters don’t come around. (Extra important if you’re selling a home!)
  • Check and treat pets so they don’t carry ticks or fleas into your new place.
  • Avoid attracting ticks by wearing light-colored, long shirts and pants with the legs tucked into socks or high boots.

 

4. Overestimate the Power of the Sun

You can avoid sunburn, heat exhaustion, or heat-destroyed items by taking the right precautions when moving. 

Some smart tips to stay safe from the ravages of the summer sun when you’re moving: 

  • Check the weather forecast 1-7 days before your move to get prepared.
  • Stay hydrated using the tips in point #1; don’t wait until you’re thirsty.
  • Pick move time outside of rush-hour traffic. You can do this by booking early and packing ahead of time.
  • Wear appropriate SPF sunscreen for your skin tone (waterproof if you sweat heavily).
  • If you’re prone to sunburn, consider wearing additional sun protection (e.g. hats, sunglasses).
  • Choose light, loose-fitting clothing that is breathable and won’t snag on furniture
  • Wrap towels around frozen ice packs or place in a cooler full of ice for you and your movers to use. 
  • If you’re moving alone, load electronics last and unload them first so they’re not sitting in the heat. 
  • Only put heat-sensitive, combustible items in cool, well-ventilated areas away from vehicle windows
  • Plan to securely transport ammunition on your own. Most movers will not transport live ammo or loaded weapons, especially not in summer heat.
  • Unload, discharge, and clean any guns or gun safes before moving.
  • Never leave pets or children in cars unattended and/or without air conditioning. 

 

5. Recognize Signs of Heat Sickness in High Temperatures

Heatstroke is a condition caused by your body overheating, usually as a result of prolonged exposure to or physical exertion in high temperatures…. The condition is most common in the summer months.” 

—Mayo Clinic

Overexerting yourself?

Profusely sweating?

Staying outside for way too long?

Stuck in traffic with the sun baking your skin through your car windows?

Be wary because things could get dangerous.

In order to be prepared for any possibility, get familiar with the symptoms of heat-related illness in case it happens on your move day.

That way, you can get medical help for you or your movers, fast

See some common symptoms1, 2, 3 of dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke to look out for during your move:

Dehydration 

most mild

Heat Cramps

mildly serious

Heat Exhaustion

somewhat serious

Heatstroke

most serious

What it feels like: Extreme thirst.  Dizziness, fatigue, or confusion. Urine the color of apple juice or darker. Muscle pain, spasms, heavy sweating Fast, weak pulse; cool skin with goosebumps, faintness or dizziness, nausea, headache, low blood pressure if standing,  and/or muscle cramps. High temperature ( ≥ 104°F or 40°C).  Fast, strong pulse.  Hot, dry, red or damp skin. Confusion, agitation, passing out.  Dizziness, headache, or nausea.  Rapid breathing.
Where it happens: Mouth (due to thirst), head, or all over the body (sweating) Any muscle group you move a lot All over your body, especially the skin, head & stomach. All over your body.
What causes it (combined with heat): Excessive sweating, diarrhea, or vomiting.  Increased urination. Fluid and electrolyte loss, often from excessive sweating. Strenuous physical movement in high temperatures—especially with high humidity. Dehydration. Strenuous physical activity.  Drinking alcohol before moving.  Lack of air conditioning.  Certain health conditions.
What to do:  Stop physical activity to cool off.  Drink water or electrolytes. Rest for several hours.  Cool off.  Drink electrolytes. Loosen clothes.  Cool off with a bath, garden hose, or wet towels.  Sip water or electrolytes. Take a cool (not cold) bath or wet towels.  Remove excess clothing.
Seek a doctor if: Diarrhea is present for 24 hours or more.  Irritable, disoriented, or sluggish. Cramps last for over 1 hour.  You’re on a low-salt diet.  You have heart issues. Vomiting.  Symptoms get worse or last over 1 hour. Get the person to a cool place. Do not provide drinks. Seek medical help immediately. 

 

You can probably tell that it all starts with being adequately hydrated.  

If you or someone else starts experiencing those more serious symptoms during your move when it’s hot outside, pause the move, and seek medical attention immediately.

 

6. Let Professionals Handle Moving in Summer Heat

If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed by these tips or if you’re worried about prolonged heat exposure, consider hiring a moving company to do the heavy lifting for you. 

Lower your moving anxiety by just concentrating on packing. This will prepare you to move without having to be outside long. 

Many moving companies in Texas have been helping people move in the heat for years. Specifically, we’re pros at it because we’ve been training professionals to move in scalding Texas summers for over three decades!  

Before you hire movers to help you in the summer, do these two things first:

  • Prepare and pack well to have a faster, efficient move. 
  • Know how many crew members are coming & their experience levels.

You’re paying by the hour. So ask your chosen company how long your designated crew has been moving. The last thing you want in summer is a rookie crew who isn’t used to moving in hot weather. Professional, experienced crews can move all day without excessive breaks.  

Many people wonder if they have to feed their movers. 

While we definitely appreciate the sentiment, we don’t recommend it.

But, it is nice to get a few cold bottles of water or sports drinks rich in electrolytes (like Gatorade or Pedialyte) to offer the crew. 

Dehydration is exhausting and can stifle our mental and physical reflexes.

So, helping your moving crew stay sharp and hydrated can only benefit your move!

 

Wrapping Up

Whether you’re moving from one Texan city to another, or if you’re simply brand-new to a place with sweltering heat, moving in the summer is going to be a challenge if you’re not prepared.

Sure, you might have grand plans to spend all day lugging your belongings from your house to the moving truck, but those plans will probably change after 10 minutes in the Texas heat! (And no, it’s not a dry heat. It’s pretty humid, which means it’s more like wet, sticky, uncomfortable heat). 

Granted, this doesn’t mean you have to postpone your move until fall. 

Follow the tips above, and you’ll safely survive moving in the summer heat with no sweat.

 

 


Sources: 

  1. Mayo Clinic. 2017. “Heat Exhaustion – Symptoms and Causes.” MayoClinic.Org. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (MFMER). 2017. 
  2. 2019. “Heatstroke – Symptoms and Causes.” MayoClinic.Org. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (MFMER). July 16, 2019. 
  3. National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH), Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). 2017. “Warning Signs and Symptoms of Heat-Related Illness.” CDC.gov. Centers for Disease Control. September 1, 2017.
  4. UPMC Sports Medicine. 2016. “Hydration: The Importance of Replacing Sweat Losses.” UPMC.com. University of Pittsburgh: Schools of the Health Sciences. ‌

The Pros And Cons Of Moving During The Summer


Summer is without a doubt the busiest season for moving. However, moving during this time of year comes with positives and negatives. We’re going to give you both, along with a few helpful tips that will make moving in the summer a breeze!

The Pros

1. The real estate market is up during the summer

If you’re looking to sell your home, the summer is the perfect time to list. Making a profit from your current home will be essential to ensuring that you have an easy and budget-friendly summer move!

2. The timing aligns with the patterns of common life events

Many moves occur during summer because the timing correlates with major life changes. Kids go on summer vacation, grads move from their college towns, newlyweds move in together because it’s wedding season, and so on.

3. The weather

If you live in an extremely cold climate, the summer is probably the best time of year for you to move. Trying to get settled into your new home while dealing with snow, ice, and chilly weather is no bueno.

The Cons (& How To Combat Them)

1. The rental market peaks in the summer

Unlike for sellers, the summer is not an ideal time to look for a new place if you’re renting. Because the demand is so high, apartments raise the rates on leases significantly.

Solution: Start looking for your apartment two months out

You will be able to put in your application as soon as tenants give their 60 days notice, or snag new apartments as soon as they go on the market. Depending on when you start looking you may be able to avoid peak summer rental prices.

2. Professional movers may be more expensive during the summer

Also due to the demand, the cost of moving fluctuates year-round and is typically higher during the summertime. You’ll need to budget more if you want to hire pros to handle your summer move. If you’re on the fence on whether to hire movers consult our guide.

Solution: Be fully packed when your movers arrive

Even though rates for movers will likely be higher in the summer, the best way to keep your bill low is to be fully packed and ready to go when your movers arrive. Having loose items will only make your move slower and your final bill higher due to the fact that most movers have an hourly rate. If you need tips on packing, check out our handy guide!

3. The weather

If you live in a hot climate, like Texas, moving in the summer won’t provide you with any type of relief. Moving during the height of the summer gets pretty rough, especially when you’re moving during the afternoon when the heat is at its peak.

Solution: Stay hydrated, and move in the morning

The summer heat is a hard one to combat. The best that you can do is to stay hydrated and, if possible, start your move in the early morning so that you avoid the hottest part of the day.

Wrapping Up

Moving in the summer has its pros and its cons. However, if you plan accordingly and are prepared for your move you can successfully combat the negative aspects and enjoy the positives!


What To Do If It Rains On Your Move Day


What To Do If It Rains On Your Move Day

Rainy Day Moves

Any Texan knows that you can’t predict a rainy day. Luckily, we know just what to do to keep you and your valuables safe and dry.

Picture this…

Your belongings are packed, everything is labeled, and your sparkly new home is waiting for you to inhabit it.

Moving day is here! You wake up bright and early and grab your first cup of coffee while you listen to the gentle pitter-patter of rain outside. Wait…. rain?!

As any Texan knows, rain is an unpredictable—but entirely possible—factor when it comes to weather in the Lone Star State.

Even our weather forecasters can’t foresee it sometimes! When it comes to important events, rain can easily slow down the action or, in many cases, cancel your plans.

So what happens to your scheduled move when it’s raining?

At 3 Men Movers, we want to do what is best for you, the safety of our movers, and your valuables.

Here’s the skinny on rainy day moves with 3 Men Movers.

Option #1:

Whether rain or shine, our movers will still move your belongings if you and the crew leader decide that it is safe to do so.

They will cover your items in shrink wrap to keep them as dry as possible, but remember: shrink wrap is made to protect against dust, not water. We can’t guarantee that it will provide full protection for your items.

Additionally, please take into account that when moving in the rain, it will be a slower process than it would be on a perfect sunny day.

Wrapping your belongings takes time, as does finding the proper footing in the rain.

Option #2:

If you have the flexibility to reschedule your moving date, it may be the best option.

When our movers get there, they will wait 30 minutes to an hour to see if the rain will die down, with no additional charge to you. If the rain doesn’t let up, give the office a call as soon as possible and we’ll get you rescheduled for the next available move.

If you decide to reschedule before the men begin working, then you will not be charged anything for the rainy day visit. Utilize the extra time to tie up loose ends, double-check your pack job, or get some extra rest!

The best way to avoid inclement weather during your move is to check the weather report a few days prior to your scheduled move date. If you see a high chance of rain, and you’re not the type to “sing in the rain,” it would probably be best to reschedule your move.

We want to help, so please don’t hesitate to give your 3 Men Movers Move Concierge a call to talk through your rainy day blues with you.

Happy Moving!