Whether you are aware of it or not, moving in different times of the year can be drastically different, especially if you live in a part of the country which experiences serious seasonal temperature shifts, like the northern part of the country.

Summer is one of the prime times for moving. And it’s hardly a surprise – the weather tends to be stable and warm, so you don’t have to worry about things like rain and snow. However, moving in the summer does come with its challenges. We reached out to Move Central, a San Diego moving company that has a lot of experience with moving in warm weather. Here’s what they had to say.

Book Your Moving Company Early

AS mentioned, summer is prime time for moving. That means that you will need to book your moving company well in advance. All the best moving companies will likely see their capacities filled up quite early in the season and will not have too many openings and available crews to handle your move.

If you haphazardly organize a moving company, chances are you will be scraping the bottom of the barrel, having to compromise on things like the price, safety, or even the attitude of the movers who are still available.

Try to Be Flexible with Your Movement Date

Even if you get in early and manage to book a good moving company, chances are that you will have to be at least a bit flexible with the timing of your moving. National holidays such as Memorial Day, as well as the weekends, tend to be the most popular, so you may not be able to snag those days, no matter how ideal it would be for you.

Taking a day or two off work specifically for moving could help a lot, and it could even reduce your cost if you move on a Wednesday rather than on Sunday.

Be Mindful of Your Health

Moving in the middle of summer is not unlike working out in the middle of summer – hard physical labor in the sun and hot weather. And just like when working out, you need to prepare for the move and be careful to protect your health. That means that you need to wear light clothes; both light in colors and light in weight. Natural materials such as cotton and especially linen are thought to be the best.

The other thing you should bear in mind is dehydration; hard work will make you sweat more, causing you to lose not only water, but also precious minerals like sodium and potassium. That’s why you should always have plenty of water around and drink enough of it. Also, have a banana during a break, it will restore some of your lost minerals.

Start Early

You know how hot it can get around noon, right? The sun is directly above you, there’s hardly any shadow and the sun won’t set for hours more. Who wants to be lugging around boxes in that kind of weather?

In order to beat the heat, you may choose to start early on your moving day. And I mean early; depending on where you are, the sun may rise as early as 5.30 in July, so seize as much of that sunlight without the heat as you can. Even if 5.30 is too early for you, even starting at 7 is a lot better than starting at 9.

Summer is typically the easiest time to move, but just to be sure, check your calendar and weather forecast for those unpredictable and harsh summer storms so that they don’t spoil your big day.