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Tips For Moving Day

by Atmosphere Movers

May 8, 2023

Searing heat. Sweltering sidewalks. A sun that seems relentless in its pursuit to melt anything and everything in its path.

Today from Metairie to Mandeville, the mercury has touched an oppressive 100 degrees, and with a heat index of 115, stepping outside feels like entering a furnace. Now, imagine amidst this trying to heave, carry, and transport all your worldly possessions from one home to another.

Moving is universally acknowledged as one of life’s more stressful events. There’s the emotional weight of leaving a familiar place, the organizational challenges of ensuring everything goes where it should, and the physical labor of packing, loading, and unloading. Add to this the punishing Louisiana heat, and the challenge multiplies tenfold.

Why, you might wonder, would anyone opt to brave this heat and move by themselves? While the DIY spirit is admirable, in conditions like these, it might just be more risky than you realize.

Let’s look at the risks of trying to move yourself during such extreme temperatures and why enlisting the help of professionals like Atmosphere Movers might just be the wisest decision you make.

The Risks of Moving in Extreme Heat

When you think about relocating, your mind might naturally gravitate toward the logistics – organizing, packing, and transporting. However, when the sun blazes down with temperatures hitting the 100-degree mark, the logistical worries are accompanied by a set of dangers brought on by the heat.

1. Physical Risks:

  • Heat Exhaustion: Heat exhaustion is nothing to play with. Symptoms like nausea, dizziness, and cramps can leave you feeling weak and exhausted. This is especially concerning if you plan on lifting heavy objects or hauling large items.
  • Heat Cramps: Prolonged physical activity in the sun can lead to muscle spasms, accompanied by sweating, fatigue, thirst, and stomach cramps.
  • Heat Stroke: The most severe of heat-related illnesses, heat stroke can be fatal. Symptoms include a high body temperature (above 103°F), hot and dry skin, rapid and intense pulse, and possible unconsciousness.

When you’re intensely active in the heat, your body may be unable to cool itself down fast enough, leading to heat stroke.

2. Safety Risks:

  • Slippery Hands: Excessive sweating can make it tough to grip items securely. This can result in dropped and damaged possessions or, worse, physical injuries.
  • Impaired Judgment and Dizziness: The brain doesn’t function optimally under heat stress, leading to poor decision-making. Add to this the potential dizziness or light-headedness from the heat, and the risks of accidents skyrocket.

3. Damage to Belongings:

  • Sensitive Items: Electronics, vinyl records, artwork, and certain types of furniture are particularly susceptible to damage in high temperatures. Materials can warp, melt, or become irreparably damaged.
  • Perishables: If you’re moving items from your fridge or pantry, they might not survive the journey in a hot moving truck. Don’t risk it—plan ahead and find ways to refrigerate or otherwise protect them.

The (True) Cost of DIY in Scorching Heat

It’s understandable to think that taking the DIY route might save money. Renting a truck, calling a few friends, and spending a day relocating your belongings might seem economical at face value. 

However, when moving in the unforgiving heat of Southern Louisiana (like Metairie, Mandeville, and Covington) joins the equation, the true costs – both seen and hidden – quickly add up.

  1. Replacement and Repairs: Even a minor slip due to sweaty palms can lead to a shattered heirloom or a cracked electronic device. The cost of repairing or replacing these items often far exceeds any savings from a DIY move.
  1. Climate Control: Renting a climate-controlled vehicle to protect sensitive items from the heat can be considerably pricier than a standard moving truck. Without climate control, you risk damaging items like electronics, artwork, or musical instruments.
  1. Hydration and Supplies: Constant hydration is crucial when working in extreme heat. The cost of water, electrolyte drinks, and other supplies to keep everyone safe can add up.
  1. Lost Time and Productivity: Moving in the heat is exhausting and can take much longer than anticipated. This could mean taking extra days off work, leading to potential lost wages.
  1. Medical Costs: The potential medical expense is the most alarming. A single case of heat exhaustion or heat stroke can lead to an emergency room visit, which is not only a financial burden but a health risk that could have lasting consequences.
  1. Exhaustion: The physical toll of moving in oppressive heat can leave you drained for days, making it hard to settle into your new home and get back to your routine.
  1. Stress and Anxiety: The added challenge of the heat and the regular pressure of moving can lead to heightened anxiety. Instead of the excitement of a new beginning, you might feel overwhelmed and regretful about moving without professional help.
The Benefits of Hiring Atmosphere Movers

The Benefits of Hiring Atmosphere Movers

In the oppressive Louisiana summer, moving isn’t just about transferring belongings—it’s about ensuring they (and you!) survive the journey unscathed. 

This is where Atmosphere Movers, with years of experience in the Metairie, Mandeville, and Covington regions, come into play. Our team of professional movers will make your move as easy and stress-free as possible. Here are just a few of the reasons why so many moving to NOLA choose Atmosphere:

Trust Our Expertise and Experience

Atmosphere Movers is not just any moving company. Our team is trained and familiar with the unique challenges the Mandeville heat presents. This expertise means we know when to move, how to move, and the best practices to ensure both safety and efficiency. Your belongings are not just “stuff” to us; they are treasured possessions that deserve the utmost care.

We Bring Professional Equipment…

One of the significant advantages of hiring a professional service is the use of specialized equipment. 

Our fleet of climate-controlled moving trucks is designed to protect your sensitive items from the scorching temperatures outside. This isn’t just about preventing damage; it’s about preserving the value and longevity of your items.

…You Get Peace of Mind

The intangible, yet perhaps most valuable, benefit of hiring professionals is peace of mind. 

With Atmosphere Movers handling the heavy lifting, you can focus on other aspects of your move. Say goodbye to the anxieties of heat-related health risks or potential damage to your items. Instead, you can trust that your belongings are in capable hands, shielded from the unforgiving sun.

You Enjoy Efficiency

Let’s face it; professionals are just faster. Our team knows the ins and outs of packing, loading, and unloading. By reducing the time your items are exposed to the heat and streamlining the entire moving process, we ensure you can settle into your new home faster.

With Atmosphere Movers, you’re not just getting a moving service but investing in an experience—a seamless transition from one home to another, irrespective of the blazing sun overhead.

Contact Us Today To Learn More

Contact Us Today To Learn More

Are you making a move in the Louisiana heat? Let Atmosphere Movers handle the logistics so you can enjoy a stress-free move.

We’ll provide you with all the necessary equipment and personnel, ensuring that your items remain safe no matter what temperature it is outside. Schedule a consultation with our team today to learn more about our services and how they can help make your relocation process easier.

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