Our top tips for moving in the heat

Summer is a bustling season for completing house sales, as families take advantage of school holidays and warmer weather, with extended daylight hours making the process smoother. But what happens when it gets too hot? While summer showers are common, mini-heatwaves are increasingly frequent. So, it’s always best to prepare a plan for moving in the heat.

If you’re considering moving, renting, or buying, take some time to explore our available properties in Virginia Water and the surrounding areas, if you put the wheels in motion now you could be moving over summer! For any questions, visit our award-winning website or contact us on 01344 843000 and email us.

Planning your summer move

Effective planning is crucial during the peak summer moving season. Consider creating a moving checklist to stay organised. This can include tasks such as; decluttering your current home, arranging packing materials, and notifying utility companies of your move. The more prepared you are, the less stressful the moving process will be for you.

Choosing the optimal moving day

Weekends are traditionally popular for moving, as they allow families to settle into their new homes without taking extensive time off work. However, opting for a mid-week move can sometimes offer its advantages as it may result in less competition for essential moving services, such as professional movers who get booked up quickly for weekends.

Dealing with summer heat

Sometimes, the British weather surprises us with a bit of a heatwave (as we are currently experiencing!) and moving during a hot spell presents unique challenges, requiring careful consideration of comfort and safety for everyone involved. High temperatures can escalate discomfort and dehydration risks, particularly for children, pets, and the moving team. Here are some tips to manage the heat effectively: 

Stay hydrated: Make sure everyone has access to plenty of water throughout the day. Consider keeping a cool box stocked with chilled water bottles for easy access.

Take breaks: Schedule regular breaks in shaded areas to rest and cool down. This is essential for both your family and the moving crew.

Use fans and ventilation: Strategically place portable fans around the home to improve airflow and keep the indoor environment comfortable. Direct fans towards areas where people and pets are resting or working.

Caring for children and pets

Moving can be stressful for children, especially during the excitement of summer activities. Help them adjust to the move by involving them in the planning process and reassuring them about the changes ahead. Consider packing a bag of their favourite toys and activities to keep them entertained during the move.

For pets, the disruption of moving can be particularly distressing. Create a safe and comfortable space for them away from the hustle and bustle of moving day. Ensure they have access to their familiar bedding, water bowls, and any necessary medications. If possible, arrange for them to stay with a trusted friend or family member during the most hectic parts of the move.

Preparing your new home

Before moving day, it’s beneficial to familiarise yourself with your new area and property. Research local amenities such as schools, parks, and shops to help ease the transition for your family. Consider visiting the area with your children and pets to introduce them to their new surroundings.

Prepare a settling in pack for your new home, including items such as; toiletries, bedding, and a few basic kitchen items. This will ensure you have immediate access to essential items without unpacking everything at once.

Safety precautions on moving day

As moving day approaches, finalise your preparations to minimise stress and ensure a smooth transition. Pack a designated bag with essentials such as a change of clothes, sun lotion, hats, and sunglasses. Keep a first aid kit handy for any minor accidents that may occur during the move. And keep a towel handy for a cool shower in your new home!

Arrange refreshments for both your family and the moving team. An easy solution is to keep a cool box stocked with plenty of water, sports drinks, and snacks like fruits and nuts to maintain energy levels throughout the day.

Moving during the summer months requires careful planning and consideration of weather conditions to ensure a smooth transition to your new home. By prioritising your hydration, comfort, and safety for your family, pets, and moving team, you can navigate the challenges of summer moving effectively and enjoy settling into your new property with ease.

Remember, we are here to support you throughout the whole process. Don’t hesitate to reach out for advice or assistance as you prepare for your summer move. With proper planning and a positive outlook, your move can be a rewarding experience that sets the stage for new beginnings in your dream home.


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