As you might have heard, it can get hot during the summer months in Arizona. Really hot. Anyone who has lived here or who has visited here in July knows to either stay inside or stay in the pool to combat the triple-digit temperatures … but it’s a “dry heat”, right? Well, in addition to being hot, summer is the busiest time of year for moves and many people forget to take the increased temps into consideration. So whether moving across town or moving from out-of-state, here are a few things to keep in mind to ensure that your valuables do not fall prey to the Arizona summer.
Wherever you are moving, your possessions will be spending time in the back of a moving truck where triple-digit outside temperatures can soar to 150+ degrees. You wouldn’t want to spend much time there, and neither would a lot of your valuables. And if moving-out day doesn’t exactly coincide with moving-in day, there’s also the probability that your truck will spend even more time in an outdoor storage facility. At Dircks, we store all of our trucks in an air-conditioned indoor facility, but not every moving company does this so be sure to ask.
So what else do you need to look for? Well, let’s set a general rule: Anything that is susceptible to heat should not be placed anywhere that you would not be comfortable for an extended amount of time. Food is a definite no-no. Same with anything that is packaged under pressure such as hair spray or canned and bottled beverages. Flammable materials should be a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised to find out that many people pack spray paints, oils, lubricants or even gasoline containers.
These examples are fairly obvious, but other items that can be ruined in high temperatures include cosmetics, vinyl record albums, cassette tapes, CDs and DVDs, as well as crayons, credit cards with magnetic strips and musical instruments. Instruments? Yep, instruments made of wood such as guitars, violins or drums, to name a few, can become heat damaged or warped from prolonged exposure to high temperature.
Do we even need to mention explosive materials such as fireworks or firearm ammunition? Let’s just say that these items should NOT be packed into a hot moving truck.
We know that the last thing you want is to have to load up your personal vehicle with more belongings than you’d like to transport, which is why you hired a moving company in the first place. But if you feel something is either irreplaceable or potentially dangerous, consider alternative transportation. And if you have any questions about specific items, the people on the Dircks team will gladly talk to you about what should or should not be packed. The last thing WE want is for any of your personal belongings to become damaged in any way. Just give us a call before moving day, or simply ask the on-site team before loading the truck.