Health tips for moving in the spring

Sometimes due to the shower of buds and blossoms, spring goes hand-in-hand with pollen allergies. Many people suffer from asthma, sneezing, runny noses, coughing and itchy eyes. These symptoms can be troublesome and extremely irritating, making it difficult to focus on moving and physical labor.

The following suggestions can reduce your chances of being adversely affected by spring allergies and will allow you to handle your move with ease:

  • Check the weather and pollen count: Allergies can be intense during the height of the pollen season. Check the local weather and the daily pollen count in your area to prepare for the expected severity of your allergy symptoms. The pollen density tends to be higher from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m., so it is best to start your move in the early afternoon. Windy days are the worst for allergy sufferers because pollen spreads easily–if there are high winds forecasted, make sure to take allergy medication to alleviate the symptoms. You can find allergy medicine over-the-counter at any pharmacy or supermarket–just remember to check with your doctor before taking them.
  • Seal your boxes: Make sure to seal all of your boxes tightly to keep pollen out, which can indirectly affect your health. Apply one or two layers of thick packing tape to all of the openings of the box and creases where pollen may enter. Just because your boxes are inside the house, doesn’t mean that they’re safe from being contaminated with pollen. If you leave your windows open during the spring, pollen can easily blow in and cover the surfaces of your home in a light yellow/green dust. It may not be immediately visible to the naked eye, but it can be affecting your health.
  • Take care of yourself and dress appropriately: If you’re moving on a sunny day, wear sunglasses to protect your eyes and help you see properly. Also, if your allergies are causing itchy and watery eyes, use eye drops to alleviate the discomfort during the move. Wear light clothes that will not hinder your movement and allow you to move freely as you lift heavy objects and load them onto the moving truck. You should always wear sneakers or boots and never any open-toed shoes, as these can pose a hazard when working with heavy objects. Make sure to dress warmly, as the temperatures are likely to be cooler in the morning during the spring. Layer your outfit so that you can shed as the temperature gets warmer throughout the day. Wear a hat to shield yourself from the sun, and remember to apply sunscreen to exposed areas of skin.

Other tips to remember:

  • If you are moving plants it is better to move them on your own than to keep them in the truck. They are more likely to get jostled around in the moving truck, which can damage or even kill them. Also, they won’t receive any sunlight in the back of the dark moving truck. Once you move into your new home make sure to replace the old dirt with new dirt that contains plenty of fertilizer.
  • As the spring season is notorious for being rainy, it is a smart idea to set up a makeshift canopy between the moving truck and your home if rain is forecast on your moving day to avoid your items getting wet.
  • The end of the spring is closer to the peak moving season of summer than the early part of the spring, so try to schedule your move for early spring– from the end of March through April–to ensure that you get the lowest prices possible.

As stressful as moving can be, there are simple steps you can take to ensure your move goes as seamlessly as possible. A little preparation goes a long way, and in this case, it will save you time and money- something we can all get behind. Contact Us if you need any help moving.

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