According to a Zillow survey, Phoenix is among the top cities for “the highest net inbound moves in the first 11 months of 2020.”* For people who are not prepared for the high temperatures, it is important that they are aware of the safest way to arrive in Arizona—especially if they are moving during the intense summer heat. If you are moving to Arizona, consider the following packing tips to ensure that you have a safe, effective move:

Purge materials before moving

By decreasing the number of items that you are moving, you can reduce the weight of your moving load and save on moving costs. Make decisions on what bulky furniture you would like to move/get rid of before loading up the moving truck.

Hire a credible moving team 

Research and make sure that the team of professionals that you are hiring are licensed, bonded, and insured, with the proper training to ensure your long-distance move is a success. You can do a comparative analysis of several cross-country movers in your area and select which one would be the most credible.

Purchase the best valuation plan

Your moving company should provide you with two purchase valuation options for protection if your items are damaged or lost in a move: full value protection and basic value protection. I recommend purchasing a full value protection (FVP) – which reputable moving companies offer. The basic value protection (60 centers per pound per article) is just not enough. 

Keep your necessities with you 

Moving trucks can take a while to arrive and you may experience delays – make sure you have all your personal, everyday items with you, rather than on the moving truck. This includes jewelry, medications, and important financial records and information. Also, since you are traveling in warm weather, make sure that you bring items with you that would melt in the truck, such as thin plastics.

Protect your spaces

Use materials like carpet shields at your old and new homes to protect the carpet and floors. This will help keep the floors clean. 

Check your inventory before the movers leave 

Make an inventory of your items before you move, then check it before the movers leave to make sure that there aren’t any items missing. Reputable movers will complete an inventory before the load is started and once the unload is completed. This is important to cross reference that all your items were received and are in good condition.

Although moving can be a hassle, these tips will help your move go smoothly. If you are looking for a moving company that checks all of these boxes, consider Muscular Moving Men, where we pride ourselves in providing high quality moving and storage services.

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Justin Hodge is co-owner of Muscular Moving Men & Storage. Founded in Phoenix in 2008, Muscular Moving Men & Storage is a full-service moving and storage company established by Justin Hodge and Josh Jurhill on one simple philosophy: provide amazing moving service and great customer care at a competitive price. The energetic young company quickly rose to prominence thanks to its team of fit, friendly and efficient movers that work hard to treat every customer like a VIP. For more information, visit