The vast majority of moves in the United States take place during the summer months. When you're living in Southwest Florida, the scorching temperatures and humidity can make a summer move all the more challenging.
Here are several tips to make a summer move more tolerable in Bradenton and Sarasota:
1. Turn On Your Utilities Prior to Your Move Date
Ensure that your utilities are turned on at your new apartment before moving day. The last thing that you want is to move all of your possessions into a hot, steamy apartment. Bringing your valuables into a space with working air conditioning will give you a much welcomed break from the heat.
2. Schedule Your Move to Avoid Peak Temperatures
Plan to start your move as early in the morning as possible to help you avoid moving during the hottest times of the day, which are usually between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. An early morning move could provide you with temperatures that are at least 10 degrees cooler than the highest temperature of the day.
3. Enlist the Help of Friends
The more hands you have on moving day, the faster and easier your move will be. You'll be more successful with recruiting friends to help you move if you give them advance notice. Show your appreciation for their help by treating them to breakfast, lunch or dinner.
4. Stay Hydrated
Pack a cooler with bottled water and sports drinks like Gatorade or Powerade that contain electrolytes. If you're on a budget, pack reusable cups for you and your team of movers to stay hydrated with tap water. As a rule of thumb, you'll want to drink at least eight cups of water throughout the day. Be aware of the signs of heat exhaustion (dizziness, headaches, nausea, etc) and take breaks when necessary.
5. Dress Appropriately
You're going to work up a sweat, so wear light colored clothing that breathes well. Lace up your sneakers, as wearing stable supportive shoes will help minimize your risk of injury. Save the flip-flops for relaxing afterwards.
6. Apply Sunscreen
Use at least a 30 SPF sunscreen to help shield your skin from harmful UV rays. Be sure to cover your face, ears, neck, shoulders, arms, hands and legs, and reapply every 80 minutes. Wear a hat and sunglasses for further protection.
7. Dunk yourself in the pool
Celebrate the end of moving day and becoming a new resident by jumping in your community pool. Our three Southwest Florida apartment communities (Springs at Palma Sola, Springs at Bee Ridge) all feature resort-style swimming pools to provide residents with their very own oasis just a few steps from their front door.
Use these tips to help make your summer move to Bradenton or Sarasota go more smoothly. Do you have any other summer moving tips that we haven't shared above? If so, please leave them in our comments section below.