Moving is a tough job at the best of times – let alone on a stinking hot day like some of the ones we have had recently!
But with a little preparation, you can avoid getting hot under the collar.
Ensure the power is connected and any air-conditioning is working at the new place. Before the move!
Organise for pets and kids to be somewhere else on moving day.
“This will make your job easier,”
“In the lead-up to moving day, pack as much as you can into boxes, saving time on the big day.”
“Try to get your removalist to give you the first time slot of the day.”
They usually start at 7.30am or earlier, and you want to be moving at full speed by then, so you can avoid as much of the 11am-3pm period, the hottest part of the day,”
“Make sure you have all your boxes in the front room before moving day arrives, so you or the movers can be as efficient as possible,”
“Ensure the power is connected and any air-conditioning is working at the new place.”
On moving day
Hydration is important.
“Water is ideal, but electrolytic beverages are great too. Avoid energy drinks, cola and too much coffee, as they don’t help much with hydration and are diuretic as well,” he says. “Save the alcohol for when you’re all moved in!”
“Pre-hydrate with a few cups of water, eat a big breakfast, a light lunch and snack throughout the day,”
“Also have some nuts and fruit on hand. This way, you keep your tank full and avoid the post-lunch lull.”
Get started early and plan to take a break during the hottest part of the day, Christie says.
“Even if you use removalists, make sure you move a couple of boxes yourself with essentials, such as a change of clothes, toiletries, important documents and some drinking water, so you have them on hand.”
“Get some fans set up in your new home first thing,”
Use shade, like trees and canopies, to help to stay out of direct sunlight when moving, he says. Wear a vented hat and don’t forget sunscreen.
“Choose lightweight clothing made from organic materials such as cotton, as they breathe better than synthetic material.”
Enjoy an ice-cold beverage when it’s all done 🙂