Buying, selling, renting and relocating – I've done it all many times over. Because I had one of those careers which meant I had to move every few years, I've lived in nearly every state in Australia more than once. Now retired and settled down, I blog about real estate and the real issues that anyone who is moving comes up against. Full of advice, my blog takes a look at relocating from the point of view of the mover and tries to offer as many insights from my past experiences dealing with lawyers, estate agents, removals firms and other house buyers as possible! Read on if you're moving or thinking about doing so.
There are pros and cons for moving house during summer. The upside is that the kids are off school and work is slower than the rest of the year, so it's an ideal time to take annual leave and get yourself settled into your new home before the new year begins. The downside is the summer heat. As someone who has never moved house during summer before, here are four cooling cues to make sure you keep your cool during your next home move.
1. Book Early To Snag The First Move Of The Day
Moving companies are busy which means they often do three or more house moves in one day. If you want the earliest moving slot of the day, then you need to book early so that you get the first pick. While you may not be someone who is an early riser, getting up early on moving day means you get the brunt of the work done before the temperature really starts to rise.
2. Slip, Slop, Slap
Just like a day at the beach, it is important you slip on a t-shirt, slop on the sunscreen and slap on a hat to keep you protected from the sun's rays while outside. Make sure you keep the sunscreen somewhere it can be located easily on moving day as you should reapply it every two hours. Choose a cotton t-shirt to wear on moving day because cotton is a breathable fabric. This means air flows through it and dries out the sweat dampness on your skin.
3. Fill Your Coolers With Ice
There are a number of ways you can use ice during the day to keep you cool. From adding chunks to your drink to dipping in hand towels for wrapping around your neck, ice is a cheap and versatile cooling item. Grab several bags of ice from your local supermarket or gas station on the morning of your shift. Fill up your coolers and keep these out of the sun so that the ice lasts longer.
4. Keep The Air Conditioning On
The last day in your old home is not the day to be worried about conserving energy. Instead, fire up the air conditioning, and if you don't have that, turn on your pedestal fans so that you have somewhere cool to stand for a moment when the heat gets too much. The fans can be loaded onto the truck last, so don't worry about packing them away early.
If you have any other concerns about moving during the summer, taking to your removal services. They have plenty of advice to help keep you and your family cool.