Beat the Heat

Tips for a Smooth Summer Move in Perth

Perth’s scorching summer sun can make even the most organised move feel like an uphill battle. But fear not, fellow sun-weary Perth folk. With a little strategic planning and some handy tips, you can navigate your summer move with minimal sweat and stress. Even better, you’ll be enjoying your new digs before the mercury hits peak!

Will it get to 50°C this summer? Are we all going to die? Not this year (although my aircon is definitely making strange noises).

Planning is Key to any hot summer move

Embrace the Early Bird

While the allure of a leisurely weekend move might be strong, embrace the early bird approach for a cooler and smoother experience. Schedule your move for the earliest possible time in the morning, ideally before 10 am, when temperatures are at their most forgiving. This gives you ample time to unload and settle in before the blistering afternoon heat sets in.

Packing Smarts: Beat the Bulky Blues

Declutter your home before you move! Ruthlessly!

Less stuff means less to move, pack, and unpack under Perth’s hot summer sun. Donate or sell unwanted items beforehand to lighten your load. Invest in breathable packing materials like mesh laundry bags or breathable packing boxes to prevent moisture build-up and potential damage to sweat averse belongings. Label everything clearly to avoid unnecessary unpacking and searching for stuff in the heat. Your summer move needs to be cool – at least at your end.

Creature Comforts: Keeping Your Cool Crew Happy

dogs ready for a smooth summer move in perthMoving with kids or relocating with pets requires extra planning and attention when it’s hot.

Perhaps you could set up a cool zone in your new space beforehand. Fans, air conditioning (if available), ice and plenty of water.

Prepare pet-friendly travel crates or carriers with comfortable bedding and cooling mats. Repurpose esky freeze-blocks by slipping them onto your pets travel box. Take frequent breaks in shady areas during your summer move and offer cool treats and water for all your vertebrates.

Hydration is King

Conquering the Thirst Monster

Stay hydrated throughout the summer move process. Pack plenty of water bottles for everyone involved, and keep them easily accessible. Consider investing in cooling bandanas or hats to combat the sun’s heat. Schedule breaks in air-conditioned spaces, like libraries or community centers, to recharge and cool down.

Lift Boxes Like a Pro

Avoiding Heat-Related Lifting Stresses and Strains

Listen to your body!

Avoid strenuous lifting during the hottest part of the day. Delegate tasks to others when possible, or hire professional movers (like us of course – we’re really cost-effective) to handle the heavy lifting. Pace yourself, take breaks, and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Heat exhaustion and heatstroke are serious risks, so prioritise safety over speed.

Shield Yourself from the Sun’s Glare

Sunscreen is your best friend! Apply liberally and reapply frequently, especially on exposed areas. Wear loose, breathable clothing and a wide-brimmed hat to shield yourself from the sun’s rays. Seek shade whenever possible, and utilize umbrellas or tarps to create temporary shaded areas during loading and unloading.

boy next to packing boxesMoving Day Must-Haves: Your Summer Survival Kit

Pack a moving day survival kit filled with essentials like:

  • Water bottles and hydrating drinks
  • Cooling towels and bandanas
  • Sunscreen and hats
  • Snacks and light meals
  • First-aid kit
  • Portable fan (battery-powered)
  • Wet wipes and hand sanitizer
  • Entertainment for kids and pets
  • Golden Gaytimes (wait, whaaa-?)

With these tips and tricks in your arsenal, you can conquer your Perth summer move with confidence. Remember, a well-planned and heat-smart approach will ensure a smooth transition into your new home, leaving you with more time to relax and enjoy the sunshine – safely, of course!

Bonus Tip:

Consider offering refreshments and snacks to your movers or helpers. A cool drink and a thoughtful gesture can go a long way in building goodwill and ensuring a positive moving experience for everyone involved.

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