Moving at any time of the year is a big task. Moving in the summer comes with its own set of pros and cons. We thought since it’s summertime that it would be a good time to share with you some tips to help your move go as smoothly as possible. Here in Florida, the heat and humidity is something that must be taken into consideration when moving.
The first reminder is to take special care of all your living creatures, both plants and animals. If you are transporting any plant life, either for indoor or outdoor planting, you will want to place them in your car or the cab of the moving truck. In other words, do not place them somewhere hot without the benefit of air conditioning and oxygen. You don’t want to place them in the trunk or closed up in the back of the moving van. You will reach your destination with a wilted, dry plant. It may also go into shock. Some plants are very sensitive. They may not recover if subjected to such a hot, airless environment.
We don’t think we really need to tell you not to place your pets in the trunk or back of the moving van! We do believe you already know not to do that. But, a good reminder is to bring some water along in the car for your pets. Even if it’s a short drive, you never know when they will decide they are thirsty. A panting, drooling dog is not the best travel companion. Just think hot doggy breath down the back of your neck and you will see why we brought this up. You can even buy convenient, collapsible bowls for easy usage and storage. When you throw a bottle of water in the car for yourself, include one for your pet along with the collapsible bowl. You will be prepared in case Fido or Fluffy Cat decides they need water NOW!
Your cleaners and food items are the other two items we want to address. Cleaning products can be expensive, so we understand that you don’t want to throw them away when moving. Often, bottles of liquid leak when subjected to heat. If the nozzle does not have a way to lock it in place, then freezer bags are a great way to keep your bottles of liquid “contained” should they leak. The same goes for other items like nail polish remover or shampoos. If they DO leak, the leak is contained and hasn’t ruined everything else in the same moving box. Many of us use candles to keep the house smelling fresh after we clean. Candles are definitely going to melt in the heat. If you choose to move them, putting them in a box in the car or moving van cab is highly recommended.
As for food, do not bring food that can spoil unless transporting it in an airtight cooler with ice. This still is only recommended for short distance moves. You will want to use the freezer bags for things such as honey or syrup, as well. You don’t want to be cleaning up a sticky mess off your other kitchen items. Chocolate is sure to melt, as it is prone to do so even when being held in your hand. It doesn’t take much heat to melt it. This will need to go in the cooler for sure.
Remember to take care of yourself when packing and moving during the summer heat. Drink plenty of water. Take rest breaks and wear sunscreen. Moving is hard work. We at Florida Moving Systems would love to help you with your summertime move. We have a highly trained staff that specializes in packing items such as fine china, properly. We take special care of all your household goods. We also offer storage if you have a gap of time between moving out of one house into another. This is especially helpful during these summer months as our facility is climate-controlled and hurricane-resistant.
If you are in the areas or moving to the areas of Melbourne Beach, Cocoa Beach, Merritt Island, Viera, or Melbourne, we would love to be your choice of local movers! Give us a call today for a free estimate!