Summer move to Chatham: How to prepare

Chatham is a beautiful little borough in New Jersey’s Morris county. If you’re moving there with a family, you will be thrilled. It is a peaceful neighborhood with great schools and entertainment for your kids and, also, with lots of job opportunities for you. If you’re a fan of outdoor activities, or just love to rest and relax in nature, a summer move to Chatham is a great option. And even though summer is a great time for the move, it comes with its ups and downs. Before you hire Chatham movers, here are some things to keep in mind while preparing for relocation.

Start organizing as soon as possible

When you’re planning a summer move to Chatham, it is of utmost importance to start on time. As you may presume, summer is the busiest period for your moving company. The peak season usually lasts from mid-may to late august, and everyone will use it to get the move done. So, if you know you are going to be moving at this time, these are the things to be on your to-do list.

Trucks on the road with cityscape in the background
Summer is a busy period for moving companies. Book your movers well ahead!

Booking a good moving company

And we recommend you do it as soon as possible, preferably a few months before the move. If you wait for the last possible moment, you will end up having to pay more for moving services. Which isn’t the worst thing – IF you manage to hire respectable movers. Since this would be challenging during the peak season, you will probably have to settle for the company that is not as reputable as our Morris County movers. We’re not implying, by any means, that those companies won’t get the job done – they will. Only that you won’t have the same sense of safety and security as you would with well-established and experienced movers.

Cut the costs

As we’ve already established, a summer move to Chatham will cost a bit more if you’re moving during the peak season. With this in mind, you will surely be looking for ways to cut some of the costs. The general rule is the less you bring – the less the cost of the move. Since you’re already decluttering and deciding what you’ll bring with you, and what you’ll just toss out, why not make some money off of it? When you think about it – a yard sale makes perfect sense! The neighbors will be out and about, and warm weather will put everyone in a good mood. So spread a few blankets in front of your (soon to be) old home and put everything you don’t need anymore up for grabs.

Take special care of heat-sensitive items when packing

Some household items fare poorly in extreme conditions. And since you’re moving during the summer months, these conditions are primarily heat and humidity, so pay extra attention when packing sensitive objects. Especially if they will spend some time in the storage.

PC, tablet and smartphones on a desk - Summer move to Chatham
Most of the items in this picture would go out in a sad puff of white smoke if packed inappropriately.

These include, but are not limited to:

  • Electronics – It’s a well-known fact that extreme heat and humidity are nemeses of electronics. Heat can cause components to distort and malfunction, or just outright stop working. Humidity can cause circuits and contacts to corrode, rendering them useless. It can also cause condensation or “sweating” of the components. So, once you unpack your PC or TV, let it sit for at least an hour before you plug it in. Especially if the difference between outside and indoor temperature is substantial.
  • Fine art – This is especially true for paintings. Heat and humidity can cause the canvas to twist and bend and, in some cases, make the paint crack or peel off.
  • Prescription medication – Extreme temperature conditions can negatively impact medication and can even make them potentially threatening to your health.
  • Perishables – Food and drinks are quick to spoil in high heat. Therefore, if you don’t have the means to pack them appropriately, or if they will end up sitting in the storage for a prolonged period, it is better to donate them to the local food bank.

If you’re moving a substantial quantity of heat and humidity sensitive items, make sure to request climate-controlled vehicle and storage to minimize the risk of damage. And if you’re uncertain on how to pack these items, hiring professional packers is always your best bet.

Beat the heat during a summer move to Chatham

Basking in the warmth of the summer sun is both intoxicating and fulfilling. Sadly, it can also be dangerous. Especially when you are tangled up in the hectic process of moving. With this in mind, you should take necessary precautions to protect your health, and prevent dehydration and heatstroke.

Start the day early

There’s no better way to stay ahead of the scorching sun than getting up early. Set your alarm clock to go off as early as you see fit, but try not to sacrifice a good night’s sleep. You won’t be doing yourself any favors by trying to do anything exhausted. Not only that, but you also risk injuries and fatigue.

Sunrise over a wheat field
The early bird gets the worm. Early riser doesn’t get fatigued!

Wear appropriate clothing

Cotton and linen are the best choices for warm summer days. They are light and airy and will allow your skin to breathe, thus reducing excess sweating and lowering the risk of overheating and dehydration.

Drink plenty of fluids

Staying well-hydrated is crucial in preventing heatstroke. Whenever you take a break, and you should take it often, make sure to have a glass of water of freshly squeezed juice. You won’t only stay hydrated, you’ll also feel energized and refreshed!

Apply sunscreen

Sunburns are painful and annoying and prolonged exposure to the blazing sun rays can lead to serious health complications. If you know you’ll be spending a lot of time outside, always apply sunscreen at least 15 to 30 minutes before you head out.

Now that you have protected yourself and your stuff from the sun and the heat, sit down and relax. Your summer move to Chatham can begin!

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