Moving house during the summer

The summer is a popular time for moving house, as parents often prefer to move during the school holidays and although the British weather is temperamental the idea of moving when it is more likely to be nice weather and hopefully not pouring down with rain or muddy appeals to a lot of people. Moving in the summer heat is much easier when you have experienced professionals to help with the heavy lifting.

Book Early

As the summer is such a busy time it’s important, if you can, to plan your move well in advance.  Choose your removal company and get in touch with them as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Even a tentative removal date will help the removal company plan and hopefully mean that you can book your first choice of removal company.

Fridays & Weekends

Fridays and weekends are usually the busiest days for moving house, which is understandable as people are keen to reduce the amount of annual leave they have to take from work and they want to get in, unpack and get settled over the weekend. If you can try and schedule your move at the beginning or middle of the week, when it’s usually quieter.

Moving During in the Summer Heat

Moving during summer especially if it’s extremely hot can present additional challenges and things to consider. Not only can the heat mean that tempers flare and people get frustrated more easily there are safety concerns as well. Your family and pets may find it difficult to cool down and the heat will make things harder for your removal team.  Staying hydrated is vital, to keep your family and removals team ok, you should make sure that you drink plenty of water. If you experience feeling thirsty, are dizzy or lightheaded, or feel tired or nauseous you may need to rehydrate.

Take Special Care of Kids & Pets

Moving can be stressful for children too, or you may find they are overexcited, add in summer heat and this can make things more difficult. Make sure you prepare them for the day, letting them know what to expect and arrange with them some activities they can do during the day, this could be colouring, reading, puzzles or games. A shady spot in the garden might be the ideal place. Keep them hydrated, choose any drink and snacks carefully and don’t forget the sunscreen.

For pets try and find them some cool shade and regularly keep their water bowls refreshed, for dogs you may need to consider using cooling mats,  cooling coats or cooling toys. Put cooling mats in cat baskets.

Portable fans are a great way to help keep every one including kids, family, movers and pets cool and can provide some welcome relief. Setup a  fan to point to pets and children and if possible one near the main entrance of your home, which will help to keep movers loading and unloading the van cooler.

Staying Safe On Moving Day

In the run-up to moving day, our top tip is to prepare and plan! Make sure everything is packed up and ready to go and discuss with your removal company what time they will start, as it’s cool earlier in the day it may be best to get started early.

Your removal day bag or box should include an extra change of clothes, sunscreen, hats and sunglasses. When you are busy running around it is very easy to forget how much you are out in the sun.

Arrange a cool box or similar with lots of water and other refreshing drinks, you will probably need more drinks than you might first think as moving is hard work. Ensure you have some snacks such as fruit and nuts, which will help keep up your energy levels. Sandwiches or wraps and fruit make a great option for lunch.

Need More Advice on Moving in the Summer Heat?

Our team is always on hand to answer any questions and provide advice, we have helped lots of families move house during the summer, just get in touch by calling 0800 689 0412 or email [email protected].

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