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

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

In an ideal realm, moving day is going to be a balmy 72 degrees along with a small breeze and low humidity. The birds will sing, and also the chipmunks will help with small cartons. But, in the real world, specifically as summer winds down and the weather becomes a a bit more irascible, you should be ready for bad weather conditions that could dampen moving day.

For starters, a note about hurricanes. A hurricane can be described as humongous thunderstorm, with strong winds and lightning possibilities. At the moment, there are a few churnings through the waters in the southern United States which vary from minor annoyances to cataclysmic and may effect a fair amount of the country. If your move is booked for a time or location that coincides with the chance of a tropical storm or hurricane, delay it. A professional moving company will not chance their crews and equipment, but in the case you are the do-it-yourself kind merely reschedule. Forecasting these days is sophisticated enough that you're cognizant of imminent storms weeks out, so prepare properly.

Here is how to manage your move to Austin during terrible winter weather conditions.

Prepare Your Houses

First, be sure that your houses are set. The power and water needs to be on at your new residence, so you can get yourself prepared for the move-in if your new house is in the path of the weather. Ask your real estate professional to confirm that there is a water faucet on somewhere to prevent the plumbing from freezing, and that also the thermostat is set to at least 55 degrees--nobody wants to arrive home to a broken pipe. If you're moving long distance, employ someone to clear the driveway and also salt the walkways to get inside the house safely. For a nearby move in Austin, send a teen or your regular snow removal source over to perform the clearing after your old home is done.

Protect the entry with old blankets or towels to keep the slipperiness of tile or wood floors to a minimum not to mention reduce dirt, salt, and snow tracking in your house.

Professional movers in Austin know how to pack and prepare your possessions in order that they will not be damaged in lousy weather. You should expect to see a lot of moving blankets and plastic wrap. A number of sensitive things--art, china, or electronics--are vulnerable to temperature, so if you have packed these items yourself request the movers to verify that those items are adequately insulated from the cold weather.

Ask the movers to ensure that there are no dripping spots in the moving truck--it's a tiny possibility but one that everybody wants to avert.

Prepare Yourself

It's going to be a challenging, and admittedly, a miserable day should you be moving in the rain or snow. Get out your camping gear--waterproof boots, tarps, extra socks, ponchos, and rain jackets--or your winter stuff--ski pants, gloves, hats, and hand warmers--and get some dry apparel on hand for the drive. It is important that you layer--as you start moving you'll get heated and you do not want to get too hot.

Prepare Your Cars

If you are driving to the new home, have your vehicles serviced prior to moving day. A whole tank of fuel is a given, but have your mechanic to take a look at the tires and beneath the hood before you go. Of course, you've got AAA, but do not think you're going to be the sole driver in distress on that day.

Arrange an additional path to your new residence--if secondary streets are the most effective choice on a clear and dry day, the same won't always be true in a winter storm. Stick to primary roads--interstates and primary highways--since you can be sure those will likely be cleared and salted regularly to prevent ice buildup.

Prepare to Stop

The most important thing to get ready for is the possibility that your move to Austin could stop midway-if circumstances deteriorate until it's not safe to drive. You should make hotel reservations for a night or two at home as well as in route once you get the awful forecast (remember to incorporate your domestic pets); it is easy to cancel if you need to.

There are lots of clear benefits of hiring a professional moving company, but it is the intangibles which matter most. When you use seasoned pros, they are able to guide your move to Austin through undesirable weather conditions with knowledge and care.


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