Coming in On the Storm--Moving to Houston in Bad Weather

Moving in bad weatherBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

In an ideal world, moving day is going to be a balmy 72 degrees together with a modest breeze and minimal humidity. The birds will sing, and the chipmunks will help with small boxes. However, in real life, especially as summer time winds down and weather becomes a little more nasty, you've got to be ready for bad weather conditions that can dampen moving day.

Foremost, a mention regarding hurricanes. A hurricane can be described as humongous storm, accompanied by strong winds and lightning possibilities. Currently, you will find several churnings in the waters in the southern US that vary from minor annoyances to cataclysmic and will influence a fair area of the country. In case your move is booked for a time or location that coincides with the possibility of a tropical storm or hurricane, postpone it. A professional moving company is not going to chance their people and equipment, however if you are the do-it-yourself type merely reschedule. Forecasting nowadays is sophisticated enough that you're cognizant of upcoming storms weeks out, so prepare properly.

Here's how to handle your move to Houston in the course of awful winter weather factors.

Prepare Your Houses

To begin with, make sure your homes are prepared. The electricity and water needs to be on at your new residence, so you can get yourself all set for the move-in if your new house is in the route of the weather. Request your realtor to check that there's a water faucet on somewhere to keep the pipes from freezing, and that also the thermostat is set to at least 55 degrees--nobody wants to come home to a burst pipe. In case you are moving long distance, employ someone to clear the driveway and also salt the sidewalks so you can get into the residence safely. For a nearby move in Houston, send a teenager or your regular snow removal source over to carry out the shoveling when your old property is done.

Cover the entry with old blankets or bath towels to keep the slipperiness of tile or wood floors down as well as mitigate mud, salt, and snow tracking inside your home.

Professional movers in Houston have learned to pack and prep your stuff to make sure they aren't harmed in bad weather. You are very likely to see lots of moving blankets and plastic wrap. Quite a few fragile things--art, china, or electronics--are vulnerable to temperature, so if you have packed these things yourself request the movers to ensure that those things are adequately protected against the cold temperatures.

Talk to the movers to ensure that there are zero dripping places in the moving van--it's a small threat but one that everyone wishes to avert.

Prepare Yourself

It will likely be a challenging, and albeit, a miserable day if you're moving in the rain or snow. Find your outdoors gear--waterproof boots, tarps, extra stockings, ponchos, and rain jackets--or your snow stuff--ski pants, mittens, hats, and hand warmers--and include some dry garments on hand for the drive. It is crucial that you layer--as you commence moving you'll get heated therefore you do not want to get too hot.

Prepare Your Vehicles

In case you are driving to the new home, get your automobiles serviced prior to moving day. A full tank of fuel is a given, but have your repair shop to examine the tires and under the hood prior to leaving. Yes, you might have AAA, however you should not think you are going to be the sole motorist in distress that day.

Plan an additional option to your new home--if secondary roads are the most effective option on a clear and dry day, the same is not going to automatically be correct in a winter storm. Adhere to primary streets--interstates as well as primary highways--since there is no doubt those will likely be cleared and salted regularly to avoid ice buildup.

Prepare to Stop

What is important to get ready for is the chance that your move to Houston could cease midway-if conditions deteriorate until it is not safe to drive. Simply make lodging reservations for a night or a couple at home and also en route once you get the awful forecast (remember to incorporate your household pets); you can always cancel if you need to.

There are many apparent benefits to employing a professional moving company, however it is the intangibles which matter most. When using skilled professionals, they are able to lead your move to Houston through lousy weather with experience and care.


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