5 Reasons To Check Your New Home Insurance Policy Immediately After Moving


Whether you’re a homeowner or a renter, living anywhere near the Gulf of Mexico means you need to prepare ahead for storm season. 

That doesn’t just mean getting a generator and stocking up on food essentials. 

If you’re into going above and beyond (kind of like us!), you’ll want to do the smart thing and check on your home insurance policy so you’re not left high and wet dry!

We sat down with Ken Robinson of MAKZ Insurance to get the scoop on why it’s so important to examine your insurance policy as soon as possible. 

So why do you really need to check out the details of your home or renters policy right away?

According to Ken, here’s exactly what you should know (and do) about your renters and homeowners insurance policies before the official start of hurricane season!

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#1: Insurance Carriers Prepare Early for Storm Season—Even if You Don’t

Hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin (which includes the Gulf of Mexico where the great state of Texas extends) *officially* lasts from June 1 to November 30 each year. 

But, as anyone living in Texas, Florida, or Louisiana knows, a tropical storm can strike at any time. 

In fact, the first hurricanes of 2020 actually began in May:

A survey by the American Psychiatric Association found that Americans are the most anxious about finances, safety, and health. Moving can trigger anxiety because it impacts your finances and safety.

If you think insurance companies don’t track weather reports, think again.

So instead of waiting until the eleventh hour of a storm forecast, there are quite a few reasons you shouldn’t wait to do an insurance check-up. More obvious factors include protecting your major investments (like your house, rental property, and your personal items.)

The less obvious reason? 

Cutoff dates are set by all insurance carriers in the face of named storms. 

Yes, this varies by the insurer, but if you don’t prepare early, you could end up waiting too late to get or update your homeowner’s or renter’s policy.

#2: You Can’t Get ‌Homeowners‌ or Renters ‌Insurance‌ During‌ ‌Hurricane‌ ‌Season

Let’s clear something up:

While Ken verifies that you can get homeowners or renters insurance at any time—remember, official hurricane season starts June 1—there is a catch when it comes to impending storm warnings…

“You cannot get insurance when a named storm is so many miles away from the coast,” he says. 

“So for instance, if you’re in the Houston or Galveston area, and a named storm is like, 100 miles off the coast… Most carriers shut down binding authority, which means that you can’t buy a policy at that time.”  

Why the heck does this even happen?

Insurance carriers operate off of their financial reserves to pay out claims, based on the number of clients. 

The companies could literally go bankrupt if they accommodated everyone who scrambles to get home or renters insurance due to a storm forecast. 

Then, they’d have to pay out MASSIVE amounts of claims all at once, based on the hundreds of thousands of new clients…

We’re talking in the millions to billions of dollars worth of damage that storms often cause.

Imagine how quickly the industry would collapse if they accepted new clients every time a storm was miles away from the coast of a major city! 

To protect their reserves, carriers set a cut-off date for purchasing last-minute policies.  That’s why it’s critical to buy, change, or adjust your renters or home insurance policy before storm season even starts. 

—Ken Robinson, MAKZ Insurance Tweet

“Don’t wait until it’s too late,” Ken warns, “because if you wait until the storm is 100 miles off the coast, it’s too late. Every carrier has their [own rules] and threshold of what they feel is their breaking point.” 

That goes for all types of property policies: homeowners insurance, renters insuranceflood insurance, and even auto insurance!”

#3: Storm Damage Isn’t Necessarily Covered by Your Homeowners Insurance

You should definitely check out what your deductible says on your declaration page specifically regarding storm damage. 

Perhaps you assume that coverage is automatically included, but that depends on a few things.

Some insurance carriers combine wind, hail, and named storms under one deductible, while others have three separate deductibles for each. 

All storms are typically covered by your policy unless you or your carrier exclude the coverage for some reason… Such as, where you live:

“There are parts of Galveston, and down the coast where you may have to get a separate wind policy because you’re too close to the coast,” Ken says, “But, for the most part, all homeowner’s policies cover wind damage, fire, and most storms.”

#4: Flooding Is Super Common During Storms, but Isn’t Covered by Your Renters or Homeowner Policy

One thing our team and Ken have noticed in plenty of discussions with new homeowners or people moving into storage, is the confusion over flood coverage. 

And, since it floods so easily in the Gulf Coast, Ken wants to end the confusion once and for all.

Flood coverage is an entirely separate policy, which means you have to add it to your current coverage. 

Don’t assume that just because you have homeowners or renters insurance that you also have flood insurance. Make sure you check with your insurance carrier to verify.

#5: Your Policy’s Replacement Cost vs. Actual Cash Value Coverage Can Be Very Different

Your policy’s replacement cost vs. actual cash value (ACV) can be very different.

Typically, under a basic renters or homeowners policy, your personal property is covered at ACV instead of replacement value. 

You can increase or upgrade this with your carrier, though.

Here’s the difference between actual cash value and replacement cost when it comes to covering your damages:

This is the amount your item is worth, including depreciation over time. Whatever amount is not covered, you’ll have to make up the difference yourself.

This is the amount your insurance carrier will pay to replace your item at its brand-new & current cost

To decide between keeping ACV or upgrading to replacement cost, Ken suggests that you:

  1. Get an appraisal if you’ve been in a home for a while (say, 10-15 years), or have had major repairs/renovations done. 
  2. Take inventory of what you own. Using a receipt-tracking app or folder in your email is a great way to document when and how much you paid for each item. This way, you can decide which insurance option is best.
  3. Adjust your replacement cost/ACV policy limits through your insurer so you have solid coverage in case of a hurricane.
  4. Even renters may need to adjust their policy limits, especially if you own high-value items. You can also get a special endorsement for pieces like jewelry. The good news is you only really need to worry about your personal belongings

Replacement cost vs. actual cash value can be a little more complicated than what’s presented here.

See more in-depth info in our previous post about the differences between replacement cost and ACV to help you determine how much you need (of either option) to protect your new home:

Wrapping Up

There’s nothing better than knowing your personal property is safe (or that you’ll at least be reimbursed if it’s damaged)… especially as we face increasingly stronger, more frequent storms here in Texas.

Now that you know to start early, ensure you have the best renters or homeowners policy coverage for your needs before storm season! Get in touch with your agent to protect your home or personal belongings right away. 

You can also contact Ken Robinson at MAKZinsurance.com for assistance with any confusing insurance details.

Remember, if you’re already moving out or need storage due to storm damage, we’re always here to help you, too!

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Yes, You Can Still Move With No Power & Burst Pipes. Here’s How.


Did Mother Nature interrupt your plans to have a smooth moving day by knocking out your power or bursting your pipes? 

Even if a major, weather-related inconvenience has put a damper on your previously scheduled move, you do have options.  

In some cases, your move can continue as scheduled if your moving company makes some adjustments.

In other cases, you may need to change your plans so you can still leave while having as little damage to your belongings as possible. 

Either way, a stressful situation calls for an easy solution, and we’re here to help you get your sanity back! 

See your options for moving in several distressing scenarios and how 3 Men Movers can help you safely settle into your new space.

Scenario 1: It’s Move Day—And Your Power Went Out

Believe it or not, you can absolutely move even if your power goes out.

Why fight the cold when you can move elsewhere (especially if you were planning to do so anyway)?

It may sound too encouraging, but we promise, it’s not. 

Having your electricity fail doesn’t mean you have to postpone your move day— our crews can simply move you during the daylight.

What to do if you’re moving without electricity:

  1. Gather any battery-operated flashlights or power banks to charge your mobile devices. This is important to do even if you’re leaving to go elsewhere. 
  2. Schedule your move for the desired date and choose a morning timeslot only. Flex moves aren’t advised if movers have to come to a home without electricity. Since they’re designed to be adaptable to the time needed for previous moves, flex moves won’t work for you or your movers because your crew needs the surest possibility of full daylight.
  3. Even if you’re staying at a friend’s house, you can always book the move using their phone or computer, and movers can meet you at your residence. This is why it’s so important to have a charged cell phone in case they call you with updates or questions!

Scenario 2: Your Pipes Burst & You Need To Move Everything, Fast

Unfortunately, wintery weather—or simply bad plumbing—can turn even a dream home into a nightmare.

If this ever happens to you, you know how awful and frustrating it feels. 

Besides consulting your homeowner’s insurance or renter’s policy on sudden and accidental water damage (most declarations include them, but some don’t), you’ll probably want to leave before things get any worse. 

If you’re really lucky, this may mean moving into an immediately available apartment.

Since an instant apartment is not always a reality for many people who suddenly have a burst pipe to deal with, your goal should be to keep everything as dry as possible and remove furniture as soon as you can.

How to prepare before any pipes are frozen or burst:

  1. Plumbers are in short supply during winter when pipes are most likely to burst. Still, try to find a 24-hour service as soon as you hear reports of prolonged temps below 32-degrees Fahrenheit (that’s when water freezes).
  2. Turn on your faucets to a pencil-size stream—not a measly drip.
  3. **TIP: Use HotHands 12-to-18-hour body warmers in the towels to distribute the heat when temperatures drop. Available at Target, Walmart, and many grocery or dollar stores. You can also try pipe sleeves, heat cables, or heat tape from home improvement stores. 
  4. Open all cabinets housing your pipes so warm air can circulate around them.
  5. Use extra linens or blankets to insulate heat in areas where it often escapes: via garages, attics, crawlspaces, and doors. 

What to do if you’re moving because your pipes burst:

  1. IMPORTANT: Turn off electricity to any areas with flooding or leaks.
  2. Turn off your water at the main valve or at the valves under your sinks and near appliances.
  3. Drain any remaining water from pipes that may not be frozen yet. Do this by turning on your faucets to a pencil-size stream (again, not a drip).
  4. Move any upholstered pieces to the driest part of your space and manually dry what you can with a hairdryer or towels. (Items need to be dry for movers to handle them, so do this first.)
  5. Wrap or cover anything that isn’t already wet using garbage bags, shower curtains or basically anything that’s non-porous and non-absorbent. Leaks from burst pipes can appear suddenly, so this helps secure your furniture just in case. 
  6. Schedule your move for as soon as possible. You’ll want to get your items removed immediately, but remember that they need to be dry first.
  7. Movers can either load your items into a new residence, or place them into a facility of your choice, or house your furniture in our climate-controlled self-storage (Houston area only) or MOVITS™ containers (San Antonio & Houston).
  8. To minimize additional damage from frozen and stopped pipes, wrap any exposed indoor/outdoor pipes with towels or newspaper, then with plastic or garbage bags to stay dry. 

Scenario 3: You Need to Remove Furniture From a Heavily Damaged Area

Maybe you don’t need to completely move out of your home or apartment…

Perhaps you simply need your beloved furnishings to be temporarily moved. 

If your current circumstances involve getting furniture out of the way so repairs can be done in a certain area—like a damaged wall or room—our movers can still help you.

In fact, you can book our MOVITS™ storage containers in San Antonio or Houston to stash your furniture until you need it again. 

How MOVITS™ storage helps when you’re doing repairs:

  • MOVITS™ are perfect for long-term or short-term storage
  • You can get multiple containers, or just one to fit your needs. 
  • MOVITS™ containers are designed to store the average 2-bedroom apartment, so you don’t need a literal house full of furniture. 
  • Even if you have no idea when your repairs will be finished—or if you don’t need everything all at once—our crews bring the MOVITS™ directly to you

What to do when moving furniture out of the way for home repairs:

  1. Before you, a contractor, or the movers touch anything, take pictures to document and report all damages to your insurer.
  2. Save any notes or photographic evidence somewhere safe and private (preferably on a digital cloud storage like iCloud, Google Drive, or Dropbox. We’ve made a home inventory sheet for you below!) 
  3. Pack whatever you can using suitcases or boxes you already have.
  4. To make everyone comfortable, please pack precious or sentimental items before movers arrive. 
  5. Disconnect and drain washers and/or freezers & refrigerators at least 12 hours before the move.
  6. If you don’t have any packing supplies, tell us and we’ll bring them to pack for you (NOTE: having a crew pack items in boxes is a separate service.)
  7. After booking your MOVITS™, we bring it to you and load your furniture inside.
  8. The crew will drive your container back to our climate-controlled warehouse and await your next call.
  9. Contact us whenever you’re ready, and we will deliver and unload your MOVITS™! 

Wrapping Up

So there you have it:

You can still move with us during a power outage, burst pipes, and even while repairs are being done in your home.

Remember, we’re just a click or call away so don’t hesitate to let us help you move in any of these conditions!

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Moving With Us During Hurricane Season? Here’s What To Know


Are you moving with 3 Men Movers during the Texas hurricane season?

If you’re moving when the National Weather Service issues an inclement weather notice for the Gulf Coast, you’ll most likely wonder how it will affect your move.

When you book with 3 Men Movers, we’ll instantly provide up-to-date information regarding your moving-related services.

Read on to learn about our company policies when you move during hurricane season.

Accessing Your 3 Men Movers Storage Unit in Houston

We are otherwise open during normal business hours for storage.

There is no reason to panic about your belongings in our Houston storage facility.

If you would like to access your storage unit(s) in our facility, we welcome you to come by at your discretion.

However, if weather conditions deteriorate, or if there are reports of flooding or debris en route from your location to our facility, we advise that you refrain from trying to access the facility for your own safety.

Weather permitting, we are open and plan to continue services as scheduled.

 

Safety Is Our Top Priority While Moving You During Hurricane Season in Texas

In the event of worsening weather, we completely understand that our customers value flexibility.

Movers do have the right to halt a move if the weather or conditions are unsafe.

They will take both their safety and yours into account, should this occur. (We can always reschedule or come back another day, but your safety is priceless!)

 

Rescheduling Your Move During Hurricane Season

Not feeling comfortable moving during hurricane season or inclement weather notices?

That’s completely understandable.

To discuss rescheduling your move, give us a call or email us!

Please contact us directly using the information below. One of our staff members will happily assist you.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 713-333-6683

 

3 Men Movers’ Hurricane Season Cancellation Policy

Customers who prefer to cancel their move during hurricane season will appreciate the flexibility offered by our cancellation policy.

Here’s what to expect if you’d like to cancel your move:

 

What To Remember About Moving in Inclement Weather

  • Blankets are not waterproof!
  • We won’t stop the job unless it’s determined to be unsafe by the mover or based on a customer’s request.
  • While it rains, we can focus on the preload process of the move (i.e. disassembling, arranging, blanketing and shrink-wrapping items, etc.)
  • Due to rain, your move might take longer since safety is the priority and moving items becomes a more difficult task, especially on wet surfaces.
  • If the weather deteriorates, we can stop the clock for 1 hour to determine if the weather will improve.

We look forward to assisting you with your moving needs.


Moving In Summer? This Is Your Cool Safety Guide.


 

Planning on moving in the summer heat and trying not to fry like an egg on a hot sidewalk?  

Summer is peak moving season. So not only is it hot, but it’s the busiest time for both movers and residents.  

Considering the amount of time and effort involved in moving, you don’t want to waste time or overheat yourself or a moving crew. 

Can you picture the ultimate summertime post-move scenario:

Relaxing with your air conditioner blasting…

Stress-free and totally finished?

If you can’t, that’s cool (pun intended). Because, luckily for you, we’ve learned a thing or two throughout 30+ years of moving during Texan summers, when 100-degree temps are super common. 

Whether you’re hiring movers or DIYing it, check out these summer moving tips that will keep you cool and collected despite scorching temps and insects. 

1. Take Lots of Breaks in Hot Weather

It’s great to pride yourself on keeping a steady pace no matter what kind of work you do. But, remember, moving day is not the time to overexert yourself! Especially if you’re moving in summer when it often gets extremely hot outside.

Keep these tips in mind. They’ll be particularly helpful if you’re not used to lifting heavy items or have a medical condition vulnerable to heat:  

  • Be comfortable; don’t rush to avoid rest periods during your move. 
  • Have intervals for mini-breaks—time yourself or set reminders if necessary.
  • Sit in the shade whenever you start feeling winded, thirsty, or tired. 

You might not want to delay your move, but consider how a trip to the hospital would interrupt your day if you get severe dehydration or heatstroke! 

It’s not worth the risk. 

 

2. Stay Consistently Cool & Hydrated

You lose water when you sweat. If you do vigorous activity and don’t replace fluids as you go along, you can become dehydrated. Hot, humid weather increases the amount you sweat and the amount of fluid you lose.

Not a big water drinker? Well, now is the time to start! (At least on moving day.)

Buy a liter or gallon of water and get ready to build a new relationship with H2O. It’s what’s going to keep you alive during your summertime move! If you simply can’t bring yourself to drink plain water all day, try sports drinks like Gatorade

Either way, thorough hydration doesn’t just start on your move day. Try to start drinking water regularly at least 1-2 days before moving

Skip this, and you risk sweating out all your electrolytes after spending a couple of hours dragging your furniture and dozens of boxes out the door. The good news is that technology makes it simple to track your water intake, like this list of apps that fight dehydration.

Stick to these science-backed summer moving tips to stay hydrated:

  • Pack enough hydrating fluids for all day. 
  • Stick to drinking water, coconut water, or electrolyte-rich, sugarless sports drinks. 
  • Avoid dehydrating beverages high in caffeine or sugar, like energy drinks or juice.
  • Totally skip the alcohol (you can celebrate moving later!)
  • Pack a snack of fresh fruit, especially if you can’t carry a drink along.

Finally, who could forget about air conditioning

Living in Texas wouldn’t be the same without it, so make sure to set up your electricity service for your move day. You’ll want to make sure the lights and air conditioning are on at your new place before moving in summer!

 

3. Watch Out for Summertime Insects on Your Move Day

From 1997 to 2017 in July:  279 Americans died after being stung by hornets, wasps or bees. 2,917 Americans died from heat exposure. (CDC.gov)

Southern summers are notorious for insects.  

If you’re not familiar with the South, here our summers are pretty much a competition between bugs and the sun. 

With rainfall, high humidity, and lots of tasty humans hanging outside, it’s basically playtime for insects, including mosquitos. 

Mosquito-borne diseases—like the West Nile and Zika viruses—have also been found in the world’s deadliest animal here in Texas. So, it’s vital to protect yourself! 

Not to mention roaches, disease-carrying ticks, and other critters who like hitching rides on your stuff. The last thing you need is an infestation in your new home!

Stinging insects can also attack when feeling threatened by you or a mover who disturbs their nests. 

Use these tips to avoid insect issues when you’re moving in the summer:

  • Allergic or attractive to mosquitos? Book a fixed move time when mosquitoes are least active. Avoid dusk & dawn.  
  • Eliminate sources of standing water where mosquitoes like to breed. 
  • Apply an EPA-approved insect spray, but don’t use it on children under 2. Offer some to your movers, too!
  • Inspect all indoor & outdoor furniture and fabrics for infestations before deciding to take them with you.
  • Clear out fire ant hills, especially if they’re on the path to your new or former property. You don’t want to accidentally trip on them! 
  • Spray or hire a pest control company up to 1 month before moving.
  • Safely remove small wasp nests near outside corners or doorways. 
  • Always call a professional to remove larger nests of hives of ants, wasps, termites, or bees, which are more dangerous to you & your structure. 
  • Don’t spray beehives! Bee pesticides are often illegal and honeybee populations are critical to our food supplies. Call an apiary professional for help. 
  • Repair damage & clean residue so that your structure isn’t unstable and more critters don’t come around. (Extra important if you’re selling a home!)
  • Check and treat pets so they don’t carry ticks or fleas into your new place.
  • Avoid attracting ticks by wearing light-colored, long shirts and pants with the legs tucked into socks or high boots.

 

4. Overestimate the Power of the Sun

You can avoid sunburn, heat exhaustion, or heat-destroyed items by taking the right precautions when moving. 

Some smart tips to stay safe from the ravages of the summer sun when you’re moving: 

  • Check the weather forecast 1-7 days before your move to get prepared.
  • Stay hydrated using the tips in point #1; don’t wait until you’re thirsty.
  • Pick move time outside of rush-hour traffic. You can do this by booking early and packing ahead of time.
  • Wear appropriate SPF sunscreen for your skin tone (waterproof if you sweat heavily).
  • If you’re prone to sunburn, consider wearing additional sun protection (e.g. hats, sunglasses).
  • Choose light, loose-fitting clothing that is breathable and won’t snag on furniture
  • Wrap towels around frozen ice packs or place in a cooler full of ice for you and your movers to use. 
  • If you’re moving alone, load electronics last and unload them first so they’re not sitting in the heat. 
  • Only put heat-sensitive, combustible items in cool, well-ventilated areas away from vehicle windows
  • Plan to securely transport ammunition on your own. Most movers will not transport live ammo or loaded weapons, especially not in summer heat.
  • Unload, discharge, and clean any guns or gun safes before moving.
  • Never leave pets or children in cars unattended and/or without air conditioning. 

 

5. Recognize Signs of Heat Sickness in High Temperatures

Heatstroke is a condition caused by your body overheating, usually as a result of prolonged exposure to or physical exertion in high temperatures…. The condition is most common in the summer months.” 

—Mayo Clinic

Overexerting yourself?

Profusely sweating?

Staying outside for way too long?

Stuck in traffic with the sun baking your skin through your car windows?

Be wary because things could get dangerous.

In order to be prepared for any possibility, get familiar with the symptoms of heat-related illness in case it happens on your move day.

That way, you can get medical help for you or your movers, fast

See some common symptoms1, 2, 3 of dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke to look out for during your move:

Dehydration 

most mild

Heat Cramps

mildly serious

Heat Exhaustion

somewhat serious

Heatstroke

most serious

What it feels like: Extreme thirst.  Dizziness, fatigue, or confusion. Urine the color of apple juice or darker. Muscle pain, spasms, heavy sweating Fast, weak pulse; cool skin with goosebumps, faintness or dizziness, nausea, headache, low blood pressure if standing,  and/or muscle cramps. High temperature ( ≥ 104°F or 40°C).  Fast, strong pulse.  Hot, dry, red or damp skin. Confusion, agitation, passing out.  Dizziness, headache, or nausea.  Rapid breathing.
Where it happens: Mouth (due to thirst), head, or all over the body (sweating) Any muscle group you move a lot All over your body, especially the skin, head & stomach. All over your body.
What causes it (combined with heat): Excessive sweating, diarrhea, or vomiting.  Increased urination. Fluid and electrolyte loss, often from excessive sweating. Strenuous physical movement in high temperatures—especially with high humidity. Dehydration. Strenuous physical activity.  Drinking alcohol before moving.  Lack of air conditioning.  Certain health conditions.
What to do:  Stop physical activity to cool off.  Drink water or electrolytes. Rest for several hours.  Cool off.  Drink electrolytes. Loosen clothes.  Cool off with a bath, garden hose, or wet towels.  Sip water or electrolytes. Take a cool (not cold) bath or wet towels.  Remove excess clothing.
Seek a doctor if: Diarrhea is present for 24 hours or more.  Irritable, disoriented, or sluggish. Cramps last for over 1 hour.  You’re on a low-salt diet.  You have heart issues. Vomiting.  Symptoms get worse or last over 1 hour. Get the person to a cool place. Do not provide drinks. Seek medical help immediately. 

 

You can probably tell that it all starts with being adequately hydrated.  

If you or someone else starts experiencing those more serious symptoms during your move when it’s hot outside, pause the move, and seek medical attention immediately.

 

6. Let Professionals Handle Moving in Summer Heat

If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed by these tips or if you’re worried about prolonged heat exposure, consider hiring a moving company to do the heavy lifting for you. 

Lower your moving anxiety by just concentrating on packing. This will prepare you to move without having to be outside long. 

Many moving companies in Texas have been helping people move in the heat for years. Specifically, we’re pros at it because we’ve been training professionals to move in scalding Texas summers for over three decades!  

Before you hire movers to help you in the summer, do these two things first:

  • Prepare and pack well to have a faster, efficient move. 
  • Know how many crew members are coming & their experience levels.

You’re paying by the hour. So ask your chosen company how long your designated crew has been moving. The last thing you want in summer is a rookie crew who isn’t used to moving in hot weather. Professional, experienced crews can move all day without excessive breaks.  

Many people wonder if they have to feed their movers. 

While we definitely appreciate the sentiment, we don’t recommend it.

But, it is nice to get a few cold bottles of water or sports drinks rich in electrolytes (like Gatorade or Pedialyte) to offer the crew. 

Dehydration is exhausting and can stifle our mental and physical reflexes.

So, helping your moving crew stay sharp and hydrated can only benefit your move!

 

Wrapping Up

Whether you’re moving from one Texan city to another, or if you’re simply brand-new to a place with sweltering heat, moving in the summer is going to be a challenge if you’re not prepared.

Sure, you might have grand plans to spend all day lugging your belongings from your house to the moving truck, but those plans will probably change after 10 minutes in the Texas heat! (And no, it’s not a dry heat. It’s pretty humid, which means it’s more like wet, sticky, uncomfortable heat). 

Granted, this doesn’t mean you have to postpone your move until fall. 

Follow the tips above, and you’ll safely survive moving in the summer heat with no sweat.

 

 


Sources: 

  1. Mayo Clinic. 2017. “Heat Exhaustion – Symptoms and Causes.” MayoClinic.Org. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (MFMER). 2017. 
  2. 2019. “Heatstroke – Symptoms and Causes.” MayoClinic.Org. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (MFMER). July 16, 2019. 
  3. National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH), Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). 2017. “Warning Signs and Symptoms of Heat-Related Illness.” CDC.gov. Centers for Disease Control. September 1, 2017.
  4. UPMC Sports Medicine. 2016. “Hydration: The Importance of Replacing Sweat Losses.” UPMC.com. University of Pittsburgh: Schools of the Health Sciences. ‌

What Happens If It’s Raining on Your Moving Day?


Your new place is ready, your Austin movers are scheduled, and you’ve even started to pack. Being on top of things feels good! You check weather.com for your moving day and UGH, it forecasts rain. What happens if it's raining for your move?

It would be super if every day was a perfect temperature and sunny. But, that’s not the case—especially in Texas where weather is crazy and unpredictable from one day to the next. The great news is that as long as it’s not dangerous, 3 Men Movers will be there rain or shine.

If you do have the flexibility, just to avoid you or your things getting wet, it might be best to reschedule. We also know that sometimes you just can’t. Sometimes your house is closing, you can only take that day off work, or your lease is up. Here are some helpful things to know if you are moving in the rain:

How You Can Plan for Weather in Advance:

-Check the weather a few days ahead and especially the night before. If heavy rain or storms are forecasted for your moving time, give us a call 24/7 to see if we can come earlier or later.

-If it is raining, and you live where parking is limited, scout out a close by parking spot for the moving truck early so we can carry your things the shortest amount of distance in the rain.

Extra Measures We Take for Rain:

-We will use extra shrink wrap on everything, and extra blankets to protect your items from getting wet.

-If there is heavy downpour, we will stop the clock—i.e. the time you are paying—for up to an hour to make sure your things are safe and dry.

A Few Things You Should Know:

-Taking the proper safety precautions in the rain (driving, loading, wrapping, and unloading) may take a little longer than on a dry day.

-If the weather is really bad and it’s just not safe to move you, we will call and get you rescheduled.

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It was raining hard on the day of our move with a possibility of flooding. 3 Men Movers came in and wrapped everything in plastic before carrying it out. All of our belongings arrived at our new home dry as a bone. Would highly recommend 3 Men Movers. -Pat B.

Prompt, friendly and efficient! Andres Caesar and Javier worked straight through despite pouring rain and my belongings arrived safe and sound! Use them. You won’t regret it! -Kelly M

Joe and his team were extremely professional, efficient and a pleasure to work with! Despite dozens of stairs in our four story town home and pouring rain, they were able to get us moved into our new home extremely quickly and with smiles on their faces the whole way! -Allison S

One of our core values at 3 Men Movers is “We do what we say. Always.” This includes moving you on the day we say. So, if you need Austin movers you can count on, call us or get your free quote here.


The Pros And Cons Of Moving During The Summer


Summer is without a doubt the busiest season for moving. However, moving during this time of year comes with positives and negatives. We’re going to give you both, along with a few helpful tips that will make moving in the summer a breeze!

The Pros

1. The real estate market is up during the summer

If you’re looking to sell your home, the summer is the perfect time to list. Making a profit from your current home will be essential to ensuring that you have an easy and budget-friendly summer move!

2. The timing aligns with the patterns of common life events

Many moves occur during summer because the timing correlates with major life changes. Kids go on summer vacation, grads move from their college towns, newlyweds move in together because it’s wedding season, and so on.

3. The weather

If you live in an extremely cold climate, the summer is probably the best time of year for you to move. Trying to get settled into your new home while dealing with snow, ice, and chilly weather is no bueno.

The Cons (& How To Combat Them)

1. The rental market peaks in the summer

Unlike for sellers, the summer is not an ideal time to look for a new place if you're renting. Because the demand is so high, apartments raise the rates on leases significantly.

Solution: Start looking for your apartment two months out

You will be able to put in your application as soon as tenants give their 60 days notice, or snag new apartments as soon as they go on the market. Depending on when you start looking you may be able to avoid peak summer rental prices.

2. Professional movers may be more expensive during the summer

Also due to the demand, the cost of moving fluctuates year-round and is typically higher during the summertime. You’ll need to budget more if you want to hire pros to handle your summer move. If you’re on the fence on whether to hire movers consult our guide.

Solution: Be fully packed when your movers arrive

Even though rates for movers will likely be higher in the summer, the best way to keep your bill low is to be fully packed and ready to go when your movers arrive. Having loose items will only make your move slower and your final bill higher due to the fact that most movers have an hourly rate. If you need tips on packing, check out our handy guide!

3. The weather

If you live in a hot climate, like Texas, moving in the summer won’t provide you with any type of relief. Moving during the height of the summer gets pretty rough, especially when you’re moving during the afternoon when the heat is at its peak.

Solution: Stay hydrated, and move in the morning

The summer heat is a hard one to combat. The best that you can do is to stay hydrated and, if possible, start your move in the early morning so that you avoid the hottest part of the day.

Wrapping Up

Moving in the summer has its pros and its cons. However, if you plan accordingly and are prepared for your move you can successfully combat the negative aspects and enjoy the positives!


What To Do If It Rains On Your Move Day


What To Do If It Rains On Your Move Day

Rainy Day Moves

Any Texan knows that you can’t predict a rainy day. Luckily, we know just what to do to keep you and your valuables safe and dry.

Picture this...

Your belongings are packed, everything is labeled, and your sparkly new home is waiting for you to inhabit it.

Moving day is here! You wake up bright and early and grab your first cup of coffee while you listen to the gentle pitter-patter of rain outside. Wait…. rain?!

As any Texan knows, rain is an unpredictable—but entirely possible—factor when it comes to weather in the Lone Star State.

Even our weather forecasters can’t foresee it sometimes! When it comes to important events, rain can easily slow down the action or, in many cases, cancel your plans.

So what happens to your scheduled move when it’s raining?

At 3 Men Movers, we want to do what is best for you, the safety of our movers, and your valuables.

Here’s the skinny on rainy day moves with 3 Men Movers.

Option #1:

Whether rain or shine, our movers will still move your belongings if you and the crew leader decide that it is safe to do so.

They will cover your items in shrink wrap to keep them as dry as possible, but remember: shrink wrap is made to protect against dust, not water. We can’t guarantee that it will provide full protection for your items.

Additionally, please take into account that when moving in the rain, it will be a slower process than it would be on a perfect sunny day.

Wrapping your belongings takes time, as does finding the proper footing in the rain.

Option #2:

If you have the flexibility to reschedule your moving date, it may be the best option.

When our movers get there, they will wait 30 minutes to an hour to see if the rain will die down, with no additional charge to you. If the rain doesn’t let up, give the office a call as soon as possible and we’ll get you rescheduled for the next available move.

If you decide to reschedule before the men begin working, then you will not be charged anything for the rainy day visit. Utilize the extra time to tie up loose ends, double-check your pack job, or get some extra rest!

The best way to avoid inclement weather during your move is to check the weather report a few days prior to your scheduled move date. If you see a high chance of rain, and you’re not the type to “sing in the rain,” it would probably be best to reschedule your move.

We want to help, so please don’t hesitate to give your 3 Men Movers Move Concierge a call to talk through your rainy day blues with you.

Happy Moving!