It’s no secret that Houston soars to staggering temperatures in the summer. Even for longtime locals, the weather can force them indoors for much of the day. So how do you beat the sweltering heat when you have to plan a summer move?
Summer moves don’t have to be stressful. With a little bit of knowledge and preparation, you’ll be all set to move — even in the hottest temperatures.
How to Have a No-Sweat Summer Move
Book Your Movers in Advance.
Summer is prime time for moving. As a result, the professionals book up quickly. Make sure to hire your movers as soon as you have a firm date. And try to move on a weekday if possible.
Start Your Move Early in the Morning.
Your main goal during a Houston summer move is to stay out of the heat as much as you can. This means getting an early start — we’re talking before sunup in some cases. If you’re hiring professional movers, book them for the earliest starting time they offer.
Be Prepared for the Heat.
Here are the best strategies for keeping your cool during a hot summer day:
- Think you won’t burn if you’re in and out? Think again. All that time in the sun adds up, even if it’s only a few minutes here and there. Go for an SPF 50 or above, and reapply every couple of hours.
- Dress smart for the heat — wear loose, flowy, light-colored clothes in a breathable fabric.
- Pack a cooler full of bottled water for you, your family, and your moving crew.
- Turn on utilities in advance at your new home. You’ll be thankful for the life-giving A/C.
Take Care of Heat-Sensitive Belongings.
Some of your possessions won’t respond well to high temperatures. Examples include:
- Books, magazines, and comics
- Leather clothing and furniture
- Musical Instruments
- Stamps and stickers
To best protect these items, keep them in a climate-controlled place until you’re ready to move them. Don’t ever leave them out in a garage or storage pod.
Know the Signs of Heat Exhaustion.
If you notice any of the following signs of heat exhaustion, stop what you’re doing and get into air conditioning. Loosen your clothes, sip a cool beverage, and wash your face with a cold cloth. Look out for these symptoms:
- Cold, pale, clammy skin
- Fast, weak pulse
- Heavy sweating
- Muscle cramps
- Tiredness or weakness
Get immediate medical assistance if you experience vomiting or passing out, or if your symptoms don’t improve within an hour.
A summer move in Houston can be unpleasant if you don’t know what you’re doing. Preparing yourself and your belongings will make all the difference and help you beat the heat.
Are You Planning a Move This Summer?
At Ameritex, we’ve performed more summer moves than we can count, so we know a thing or two about staying safe and protecting our inventory.
As an Ameritex customer, you’ll receive the best in Houston area moves. Our knowledgeable customer service representatives will be with you every step of the way. And our commitment to the Stress-Free Move will allow you to experience a simplicity in moving that you never thought possible.
Call us today at 713.484.6683 for your complimentary moving quote.