Moving in the Arizona heat can be difficult and stressful. Luckily, we provide a wide variety of resources to help our residents out before, during, and after the move. Stay hydrated, stay focused, and keep your eyes on the prize, which is your new setup in a stylish apartment. Follow these seven moving tips to help minimize the frustration of a big move during an Arizona summer.
1 – Know the Symptoms of Overheating
Even if you do everything right, your body may start to get too hot from a long day of hauling boxes and furniture in the sun. Know what to look for, and take care of yourself if you start to show heat-related symptoms. Elevated body temperature, headaches, nausea, and dizziness may be a sign that your body is starting to get too hot. Other signs include confusion, cramps, and weakness. If you start to notice any of these symptoms, drink some cold water and lay down for a while. You may even want to take a cold shower or apply cold towels to your face and neck.
2 – Plan for Your Pets
Some pets don’t like being in the hot weather any more than you do. Have a plan to keep them cool and out of harm’s way. If possible, it may be easiest to board your pets or have someone else watch them so you don’t have to worry about them while you’re moving.
3 – Keep Your Belongings Cool
Some items will be perfectly fine if they get hot. Clothes, for example, aren’t likely to get damaged if they have to sit in the sun for several hours. On the other hand, perishable food items, electronics, and some other possessions won’t fare very well if you leave them in a sweltering truck for too long. Label the boxes that need to stay cool, and minimize their exposure to heat.
4 – Get Your Utilities Ready
The last thing you want to discover after a hot, exhausting move is that your utilities aren’t ready to go at the new place. You’ll be ready for a shower and some air conditioning, so make sure everything is turned on in advance. Organizing your things in a hot apartment can be a horrible way to end a long day of moving, and it’s an unnecessary damper on your first day in a new home. On the flip side, you’ll be refreshed and rejuvenated when you arrive at an apartment that’s already nice and cool.
5 – Stay Hydrated
Hot weather and strenuous activity like moving can lead to a lot of sweating. Make sure you replenish what your body loses by drinking lots of fluids. Take time to drink enough water and stay hydrated. You’ll feel a lot better, and you’ll avoid making the kinds of mistakes that dehydration causes. Make sure your drinking cups are accessible or get disposable cups or water bottles if your kitchenware is all packed away. Don’t forget to eat something, too.
6 – Dress for Success
It can be tempting to put form over function when you want to look good for your first appearance at the new apartment complex, but wearing hot clothes will ultimately only make you look sweaty and foolish. Wear lightweight, breathable, loose clothing to make yourself as comfortable as possible. You may even want to opt for athletic gear that’s specially designed to absorb sweat and help it evaporate quickly.
Light colors will attract less sunlight than darker shades, so pay attention to color as well. Don’t forget to choose comfortable shoes as well. Last but not least, you may want to find a comfortable pair of sunglasses or a functional hat if you’ll be spending a good amount of time outside.
7 – Get Started As Early As Possible
Arizona summers are hottest during the middle of the afternoon, so you can skip the most oppressive weather by getting started as early as possible. Get most of the heavy lifting done early in the morning if possible. That way you can spend the hot afternoon enjoying the air conditioning and getting things organized in your new space.
You can facilitate a morning move by getting your belongings packed and organized no later than the evening before you move. When you do that, all you have to do in the morning is load the truck or van, drive to your new home, and get everything inside as quickly as possible. It’s a race against the sun, and you can save yourself a lot of discomfort if you get a head start.
Apartments in Phoenix
There’s no sugar-coating it: moving during the Arizona summer can be brutal. The good news is that once you’re at home in your new apartment, Heers Management properties offers you plenty of amenities to help relax and cool off. So when you’re moving in the heat, keep in mind that every hot minute puts you one step closer to enjoying your new home. Contact us if you have any further questions about moving in!