If we had to choose between moving in the summer or winter, most of us will likely choose summer. Winter moves pose serious safety concerns, such as snowstorms, icy, slippery road conditions, not to mention subjecting your cargo to freezing temperatures. While summer may be safer, it is not without its own set of problems. If you’re planning a long distance move with Montreal Movers this summer, here are some tips to avoid melting in the heat.

#1: Don’t Pack Explosive Material in Boxes

Before your move, we suggest scanning your household for items that you could part with. Getting rid of unnecessary clutter will save you time and energy. If you do decide to bring pressurized items like hairspray, spray paint or other chemicals, do not pack them in boxes to be loaded onto the moving truck. During the dead of summer, moving trucks can get incredibly hot, which increases the risk of a chemical explosion. Instead, store these items in the trunk of your car where the air conditioning can reach them.

#2: Hydrate

Although you have hired us to do the heavy lifting, trust us when we say that you will find something to do. Running around, sweeping, picking up forgotten items, packing your car—it’ll be easy to build up a sweat. It’s important to take care of yourself during the sweltering heat. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated and avoid heat stroke. The night before or morning of the big move, don’t forget to hydrate your plants as well. Give them a good soak before placing them in the car, and for really thirsty plants, place a moist towel in the box.

#3: Make Use of Coolers

Even if you’re moving from one part of the city to another, you’d be surprised by how quickly perishable items can melt or spoil. A week before the move, try to avoid buying new groceries. Place all remaining groceries in a cooler, including foods or beverages that are sensitive to heat, such as red wine. If you have other household items that might melt, don’t hesitate to shove them in the cooler as well. Candles, crayons, etc., should be kept in a cool, dry place.

#4: Garage Sale

A major advantage of moving in the summertime is you can make use of your yard and sell your unwanted items in a garage sale. Long before your move, separate what you want to bring with you and what can stay behind. Whatever is good enough to sell can be sold Online or in a garage sale. Don’t forget to apply for any applicable permit and to advertise in advance.

#5: Map out Your Route

Montreal moves can be tricky, especially in the summertime. No matter where you go, your path will be slowed down, detoured, or obstructed by the city’s constant construction. Due to the recent changes to the city’s infrastructure—such as the Turcot yard—it’s important to make sure that you plan your route beforehand. If you can avoid moving on July 1st weekend, do so. Moving during construction holiday when the roads aren’t as busy might be your best bet. Getting caught in major traffic in Montreal during a heatwave is not something that anyone wants to experience.

Planning a long-distance summer move? Contact Montreal Movers today to get a free quote.