Acclimate Laminate Flooring to then be moved?

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Hello all,

I'm in the middle of my first home renovation.  I have decided on 12mm laminate flooring (pad attached) from Lumber Liquidators which requires a 3 day acclimation period.  My HVAC install date has been pushed and thus we are in crunch time for our move in date. Does anyone have experience with acclimating flooring in one house for two days and then moving it to another for the third day?  

A little background... Both spaces are currently empty.  House A, where we would move the flooring to be installed hasn't had AC in a couple of years (window units before).  House B where we would initially acclimate the flooring was rented until about a month ago.  The flooring would take about an hour to load, transport, and unload from House B to House A.

We are in humid South Carolina, in the dead of summer but the high temps are scheduled to be about 90 this week.. not sure about humidity.  Any thought would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you!  - Jules

My dad does flooring and sorry, it doesn't work that way. It needs to acclimate in the house it will be in for 3 days. Otherwise after install it will either expand or contract and mess up the whole floor.

@Sean Kuhn  is correct.  I have seen floors installed that did not acclimate and the issues they had were bucking and gapping in the seams.  If you make a tight cut in a door way and then the floor expands it will apply unwanted pressure and you could get air pockets under the floor also.

Thank y'all for the responses.  I figured this would be the case, just wanted to check with others about any tricks that may speed us along.  Jules

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