In the midst of the excitement of preparing for your move, have you stopped to consider how to adjust to a change in weather? Of course, if you plan to move only a couple hours away, you have no need to fear. But what about moving across the country or even across the world? It matters!
You want to adjust as easily and swiftly as you can to new, unfamiliar, or extreme climates. If a mild or static climate is familiar to you, prepare to experience all four seasons in full force. Stevens has you covered with a list of tips and tricks on how to adjust to moving from a hotter climate to a colder climate and vice versa.
If you’re moving from cold to hot…
1. Eat and drink well. We can’t stress this point enough. You can adjust more quickly to heat depending on what you do or do not consume. Most importantly, you want to consistently drink plenty of water. Dehydration presents a threat if you have an active or busy day with temperatures in the 90s or above.
Minimize your consumption of hot drinks like coffee, hot chocolate, and tea. These will amplify your body’s internal temperature. Avoid eating anything too spicy as well. You may need to wait on that mouthwatering chili burrito until a cooler evening.
2. Two words: Air Conditioning. If your big move takes you to somewhere like Arizona, get ready to value an AC unit more than ever before. A cool home really acts as an oasis amid scorching heat.
All kinds of AC systems exist; central, split system, window, wall, portable, and more. Find out what approach works best for your new home, and don’t wait to get it installed, especially if your move occurs during the summer. Use your home’s natural ventilation to your advantage by opening windows during the nighttime in order to cut down on potentially costly energy bills.
If you’re moving from hot to cold…
3. Gear up! Do you plan to move from the absurdly perfect temperatures of Southern California to the frigid Northeast? You’ll be sure to feel that change.
When you make a move like this, don’t buy all your coats, gloves, shoes, and scarves at a beach shop or an outdoor mall. Sure, you might find some stylish jackets, but they won’t keep you warm for a harsh winter like those found in Michigan. Instead, wait until after you move to buy warm and cozy clothing. The local area will have the clothing you need.
4. Brush up on your driving skills and prep your vehicle. One of the most drastic changes to take into account is winter weather’s effect on your car. More than likely, you will drive in icy rain or snow, so remember to drive extra carefully. Investing in snow tires or (even snow chains) in case snow and ice cover the roads can save you from a slippery situation later on.
When you move from a warmer area, you might not realize that mornings sometimes require you to scrape ice off your windshield and windows. Plan ahead so you avoid late days at work. In the worst case scenario, your vehicle might get stuck in bad conditions. Also keep in mind that sometimes weather will prevent you from driving. As an alternative, use public transportation during severe winter storms.
You can prepare to brave mild or even extreme weather changes after your move with these tips. Remember to apply this advice to make your adjustment quicker and more comfortable. Are you preparing for a cross-country, interstate move? Stevens Worldwide Van Lines has agents all over the United States
and we can help! You can also request a free, in-home estimate from us at our estimate form.