Summer is the busiest time of the year for moving in New York and the rest of the country. In fact, peak moving season is in full swing over the summer months, and planning a move during the hot, muggy summer season requires some extra special care and consideration.
Morgan Manhattan is the oldest and most trusted moving company in New York, with well over a century of experience moving households and businesses to new locations in the Tri-State area and all over the globe.We understand the challenges that come with a New York move over the summer months, and how to prepare for a smooth and successful experience.
If you’re looking for tips to prepare for your upcoming move in New York, our elite team of professional movers at Morgan Manhattan is here for you. Here are some of our favorite suggestions for moving in the Tri-State area during peak season, to help you plan and enjoy a safe summer move this year.
1. Get an Early StartTo avoid working (and wilting) in the hottest part of the day, aim to move as early in the day as possible. In New York, summer heat can be staggering, and temperatures are at their highest between 11am and 3pm.Moving during these hours is less than ideal, so plan to get an early start while packing up in preparation for your move. You’ll not only get more done, but you’re likely to feel better while doing it, too.
On the actual day of your relocation, make the most of the cool, crisp morning air for an easier, breezier time doing all of that heavy lifting, carrying, and hauling. Your moving company will probably prefer an early start too, so talk to your moving coordinator about scheduling your moving appointment accordingly.
2. Drink Plenty of WaterStaying hydrated is always very important, whatever you are doing. This is especially true during the moving process, which requires a high level of physical activity. All that lifting, carrying and climbing up and down steps can have you breaking out a sweat, which can quickly lead to dehydration.
While moving, don’t forget to pause regularly and drink plenty of water. You’ll also want to make sure you have enough water to hand for yourself and all your helpers. If you have pets, don’t forget to keep them well-hydrated too—especially if they’re being held in crates or confined spaces during the commotion.
3. Wear the Right ClothesThe clothing you wear during a move can help or hinder your productivity and comfort levels, which is why we recommend using lightweight, breathable, and loose-fitting clothing. Tight fabrics and dark colors aren’t recommended for keeping cool in the heat, while looser, lighter fabrics are.
You’ll also want to avoidwearing clothing made with synthetic fabrics, such as polyester and rayon, which will become extremely uncomfortable as the day gets hotter and you become more active.
Linen or cotton are ideal as they absorb moisture, keeping you cool and dry during your move. Light colored garments are also better suited to sunny weather, as they won’t absorb as much of the heat from the sun as dark colors will.
4. Switch on the Air-Conditioning System in Advance
5. Think About What You PackNot everything you will be moving will cope well with exposure to heat. If you have a long journey ahead of you in a hot moving truck, you may need to give special attention to certain items. For example, candles may melt and create a waxy mess if not carefully wrapped and packed somewhere cool. Computers, televisions, stereo systems,CDs, and other high-tech itemsmight not work properly after being in hot vehicles for a long time, so make sure to pack these separately and store them in a cool area to avoid damage or loss to your belongings.
6. Find and Book Reputable Movers EarlyAs we mentioned before, summer is peak moving season for movers across the country and a very busy time for residential movers in the New York and Tri-State areas. Our final tip is an important one: don’t wait until the last minute to book your moving appointment.
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