Summer is peak moving season, during which an estimated 80 percent of moves occur. Moving can also be incredibly stressful. In fact, studies consistently show that moving is ranked one of the most stressful life events.
Moving during the sweltering Arizona summer can add an extra layer of anxiety, and if you don’t take precautions, the heat can lead to catastrophe on move-in day.
North Phoenix-based Muscular Moving Men & Storage and its commercial division, M3 Moving & Logistics, is used to making big moves in high temperatures. For those taking on the labor themselves, it’s important to take these precautions.
Whether you’re scheduling a moving company to do the haul for you or you’re making the move yourself, scheduling an early start time is essential. Schedule your truck rental for early in the morning, or even pick up your truck the night before. Consider moving larger items at night or in the early morning after the heat has died down.
Wear the Right Fabrics
Loose, lightweight, breathable fabrics like cotton and linen will help you keep cool throughout the day. Moisture-wicking synthetic fabrics are also a great option. Avoid wearing dark colors like black and navy blue, which can absorb more sun and make your body overheat. Protect the parts of your body with the most sun exposure, including your head, face and shoulders.
Prepare Your Cooling Station
A small cooler filled with ice, bottled water and cold towels will prevent you from overheating. The average adult should drink a minimum of four cups of water every hour while working in 103-115 temperatures, according to OSHA. If you feel your body overheating, take a break, drink some water and rest a cold, damp towel on your forehead until the feeling passes.
Have a Plan for Pets and Kids
Consider asking a family member to watch your pets or boarding them while you move. This will ensure they are in a safe, air-conditioned environment. Young children can be especially vulnerable to the sun’s rays. A babysitter or family member can be a lifesaver when it comes to avoiding heat-related family emergencies.
Set Up Your Utilities
Too often families are so stressed during their move, they forget to turn on their utilities. Make sure your electric and water are running, at minimum. The last thing you want to do is move into a home without air conditioning and running water.
Don’t want to take on the stress of the summer move? Call in the professionals. Muscular Moving Men & Storage’s team of mover-athletes can take the move off your hands with a licensed, bonded, professional and customer-friendly approach. Muscular Moving Men is considered an essential business and has gone above and beyond to ensure the safety of its customers with social distancing measures and personal protective equipment.
Since summer is the most popular time to move, be sure to schedule your move well in advance. To schedule service or get an estimate from Muscular Moving Men & Storage, visit muscularmovingmen.com or call 877-434-8668.
Written by: Jennifer Villalobos, VP Residential & Commercial Development, Muscular Moving Men
Jennifer Villalobos Villalobos brings a high level of understanding of business development to the Muscular Moving Men & Storage team. A University of Arizona graduate, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish translation and interpretation and a master’s degree in business administration. Her professional background includes business development and operations roles at Nothing but NET, Target.com and CyraCom International Inc.