Coming in On the Storm--Moving to El Paso in Bad Weather
By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Foremost, a note regarding hurricanes. A hurricane is a massive storm, with strong winds and lightning possibilities. At the moment, there are a few churnings in the waters in the southern US that vary from minor nuisances to cataclysmic and can effect a good area of the nation. When your move is booked for a time or area that coincides with the possibility of a tropical storm or hurricane, postpone it. A professional moving company won't risk their employees and equipment, but in the case you're the DIY variety simply reschedule. Forecasting nowadays is sophisticated enough that you are aware of imminent storms weeks out, so prepare appropriately.
Here is how to handle your move to El Paso throughout terrible winter weather.
Prepare Your Homes
For starters, ensure that your homes are set. The electricity and water needs to be on at your new home, so you can get ready for the move-in in case your new home is within the path of the weather. Ask your real estate agent to confirm that there is a water faucet on somewhere to keep the pipes from freezing, and that also the thermostat is set to a minimum of 55 degrees--nobody wants to come home to find a burst pipe. Should you be moving long distance, hire someone to clear the driveway and also salt the walkways in order to get inside the house without incident. For a nearby move in El Paso, send a teenager or your usual snow removal contact over to perform the clearing after your old residence is completed.
Protect the entry with old blankets or towels to keep the slipperiness of tile or wood floors down not to mention minimize mud, salt, and snow tracking in the house.
Professional movers in El Paso have learned to pack and prep your possessions in order that they will not be broken in terrible weather. You are very likely to notice a lot of moving pads and plastic wrap. Some delicate things--art, china, or electronics--are susceptible to temperature, so if you've packed these items yourself talk to the movers to confirm that those things are correctly protected against the cold.
Talk to the movers to ensure that there are not any leaky places in the truck--it's a small possibility but one that everybody would like to circumvent.
It's going to be a lengthy, and admittedly, a miserable day should you be moving in the rain or snow. Find your hiking gear--waterproof footwear, tarps, extra stockings, ponchos, and rain jackets--or your snow stuff--ski pants, mittens, hats, and hand warmers--and get some dry garments handy for the drive. It's important that you layer--as you commence moving you may get toasty therefore you do not want to overheat.
Prepare Your Cars
In case you are driving to the new home, have your cars serviced prior to moving day. A whole tank of fuel is a given, but get your auto technician to take a look at the tires and under the hood before you go. Sure, you have AAA, but don't assume you're going to be the sole motorist in distress that day.
Prepare an extra path to your new residence--if secondary roadways are the perfect choice on a clear and dry day, the same will not always be correct in a winter storm. Adhere to primary roadways--interstates and main highways--since you can rest assured those will likely be cleared and salted frequently to prevent ice buildup.
Prepare to Stop
The most important thing to get ready for is the chance that your move to El Paso may cease midway-if circumstances decline to the point it is not safe to drive. Go ahead and make hotel reservations for a night or two at home and in route the instant you receive the nasty forecast (don't forget to incorporate your pets); it is easy to cancel if you need to.
There are lots of apparent advantages of hiring a professional moving company, but it is the intangibles which matter most. By using skilled pros, they are able to direct your move to El Paso through undesirable weather conditions with experience and care.
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