What’s not to love about Houston?  A low cost of living, robust job market, lively social scene and friendly people, are just a few reasons why more than 2.2 million people call Houston home.  However, if you are planning on moving to Houston this summer, from a milder, cooler climate, you will need to be prepared for what some may consider the “down side” to living in the Bayou City – the heat and humidity.

Houston’s climate is classified as humid subtropical and typically heats up around May, and doesn’t cool off until September. During the summer months, the normal daily high temperature peaks at 95 degrees on average.  That being said, summer is still a good time to move for most people – the kids are out of school, the weather is nice and the home buying season is at its peak.  So as you plan your move this summer, you’ll need to keep a few things in mind if you want to keep your cool and beat the Texas heat:

Rise and Shine.  Start your move first thing in the morning so that you are not doing the most physical part of your move during peak heat hours (11 a.m-4 p.m.).  Moving in the mid-afternoon exposes you and your fellow movers to the full force of the Texas heat.  Take a break when the sun is at its peak, and then resume once the sun starts to set.

Dress the Part. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. Dark colors absorb the sun and make you feel hotter. When it comes to shoes, however, put on a good pair of cushioned socks and closed-toe footwear.

Spread It On Thick.  Sunscreen that is.  Protect yourself from nasty sunburn that will be painful hours after moving day is over.  Also, wear a hat to protect your head from the sun’s heat and rays.

Essentials Are Essential. Make sure you have plenty of water, light snacks and refreshments on hand to keep you and your moving crew hydrated and energized.  It is extremely easy to get dehydrated when the sun is beaming down and you are constantly moving and lifting heavy furniture items and boxes. Look for signs of dehydration that include headache, dizziness, feeling extreme thirst, feeling fatigue, failure to sweat, muscle weakness or spasms.

Secure Your Boxes. Houston heat can create unwanted moisture around your boxes, causing the tape to eventually peel away. This puts your items at risk of spilling onto the ground. You can protect against accidents and damage by adding a second or third layer of tape to each box to create the stability your items deserve. And if you don’t want to add multiple layers, purchase moisture-resistant, heavy-duty packaging tape to protect your boxes from the heat.

Cool Electronics. Protect your electrical gadgets by wrapping them in blankets or bubble wrap to shield them from the sun and provide a cushion for the bumps and slides of the move.  If you can, pack these separately and transport inside an air-conditioned vehicle.

UV Protection for Wood. Moisture or the sun may cause wooden furniture to crack or peel. Protect it by layering each piece in a coat of varnish or simply covering the surfaces to shield them from the sun. Like your electronics, wrapping your furniture in blankets will also keep them safe during the move.

Family First.  Young children, the elderly, and those with serious medical conditions, are faster to succumb to extreme heat than others.  Keep loved ones (that fall under any of these categories) in an air-conditioned environment during the move. Also make sure that pets have access to water and a cool, shady area at all times – and never leave them in the car without ventilation for any length of time.

Power Up.  You’ll want to have electricity services activated by moving day, so that you can cool your home during the move.  Choose an electricity provider in your area and contact them 2 – 3 weeks prior to your move date to set up services.  If possible, arrange to have the electricity turned on in your new home a day or so before you arrive. This will allow you to cool your home after you arrive, providing a more comfortable environment for workers helping with the move and family members who need to stay inside.

When considering electricity options, Houston residents can choose between a variety of energy companies, thanks to the state’s law on energy regulation. Not only does this allow for competitive rates and added incentives, but Houstonians can select the best energy company to suit their specific need.

To transfer your electricity services fast and easy, visit Direct Energy.  With multiple options aimed at helping you save on Texas electricity like Free Weekends and Live Brighter 12 , you can choose from a variety of plans with powerful benefits to select the one that is best for you and your family. Direct Energy also provides the tools to track your usage by appliance. To help you save more and use less energy. For more tips on how to keep your new home energy efficient, check out Direct Energy’s Learning Center.

Home Sweet Home. Pack your essential items separately for the first night in your new home.  After a day of moving in the heat, the last thing you want to do is waste time hunting down the items you need before bedtime.  Along with items like toiletries and medications, pack towels, changes of clothes and bedding, so that you can freshen up and get ready for bed without any stress. If it’s particularly hot, then perhaps consider purchasing some fans to set up in each bedroom once you’re settled in to ensure a good night’s sleep!

Welcome to Houston!