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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MOVITS 101: Why Our Portable Storage Containers Rock


 

Most people have heard of PODS, but did you know that 3 Men Movers offers even larger, portable storage containers called MOVITS? MOVITS are great for short term storage if you’re in the middle of a house renovation, in that weird in-between place of buying and selling homes, or for long-term storage if you just need to clear up some space.

Below we answer the who, what, where, why, when and how about our MOVITS containers.

Spoiler alert: the biggest benefit of MOVITS portable storage is getting movers and storage in one service instead of hiring two separate companies. Let’s break it down:

Who is it for?

Anyone needing a place to store their stuff for a few days, a week, a month, up to an unlimited amount of time.

What is it?

Our portable, secure, rectangular storage containers with locking capability. They are 20ft x 8ft x 8ft (which is 25% more cubic feet than a POD). This is approximately enough space for a 2 bedroom home - check out our How Much You Can Fit In A MOVITS Container blog for more information.

Where is it stored?

In our Houston and San Antonio climate controlled MOVITS warehouses. We take care of the storage part, so you aren’t scrambling to find a place to put it. We load it, lock it, and transport it straight to our storage facility from your home or location. You keep the key so you can rest assured that your MOVITS is safely locked inside our locked, gated, and climate-controlled warehouse. If you need access to your unit, just give us 24-hours notice.

Why should I consider it?

 

1. We’re only moving your things twice with MOVITS containers (once into the container and once out of the container as opposed to a traditional self-storage facility that involves moving your items on and off a truck 4 times. Bottom line: the less your belongings are loaded and unloaded, the safer they are.)

2. We bring all of the necessary moving supplies to wrap your items to prevent damage.

3. We do all the heavy lifting.

4. You’ll never have to go to the storage facility (unless you want to!). We come to you to load up your things and bring them back to you to unload them when you’re ready.

5. We store it at our facility for as long as you need.

6. No locked in contracts.

7. Use one company for moving and storage instead of two.

 

When can I get one?

Year-round, and in most cases, we can even get one assigned to you on the same day.

How does the process work?

1. Give us a call and we will get a MOVITS crew assigned to you.

2. We travel to you and wrap, lift, and load. Our crews are specially trained and experienced in packing and loading your stuff with the utmost precision and care.

3. We will keep it at our storage facility as long as you want. Charges are on a month to month basis.

4. Last but not least, let us know when you are ready to get your things back and we’ll have it delivered and unloaded for you by the same or next day.

So whether you are planning to move in Houston or San Antonio, or just need to clear some stuff out for safe keeping for awhile, we are happy to help! And true to 3 Men Movers style, we’ll make it easy for you.

Want more information? Call us today or click here for a free estimate.

 


How to Choose a Self-Storage Facility for Your Move


No matter what your circumstances are when you're moving, there's one thing you'll find you have in common with everyone else who's moved: the realization that you have too much stuff! This seems to be a common discovery regardless of home size, but it's especially apparent when you're downsizing to a smaller space. And while donating or tossing items you no longer need is a great start, there are simply some belongings you can't part with just yet--but you also can't cram them into your new home. So what now? Well, now it's time to consider using a self-storage facility. And if you're in Houston--or really any other major Texas city--you have lots of options for self-storage. Here's how to pick the right one for anything you need to store.

Find Out About Basic Features

Before you choose from several Houston self-storage facilities, you can start narrowing down your choices by learning some basic information. First, call each location and ask what their hours are so you know when you're allowed to access your items. You never know if you're going to want to go through your big box of mementos after dinner one night, so make sure that's even a possibility at the Houston self-storage facility you're considering.

You should also find out if it's climate-controlled so you can make sure your belongings don't melt during the Texas summer. Security is another feature you'll want to know about. Is the facility gated, or are there security guards? Are there plenty of lights and surveillance cameras around the property? And are there alarms on each unit's door?

A helpful and informative storage manager should be able to tell you these details when you call. If you're still unsure if it's the right Houston self-storage facility for you, schedule a tour so you can get a feel for it. That good or bad vibe you get from the facility should help you make up your mind if you're torn between a couple of options.

Get to Know the Rules of What You Can Store

Before you pick a Houston self-storage facility, make sure your belongings are even allowed there. In general, you won't be able to store food or plants. You also can't store potentially dangerous items, including anything that could explode. For example, the typical Houston self-storage facility won't let you store guns, ammunition, propane tanks, paint, cleaning solutions, pesticides, car batteries or fireworks.

Basically, most of the items you can't put on a moving truck are also items you can't leave in self-storage. But you can always call the Houston self-storage facility you're considering, just to double check.

Look Into Portable Storage

If you're having trouble finding a local self-storage facility that checks all the boxes of what you want, maybe what you really need is portable storage. With this option, you can take your time loading up a storage unit at your own house, and then you can just have the entire unit dropped off at a storage facility--meaning you won't have to load your belongings onto a truck and then unload them into a storage unit.

In fact, when you go with MOVITS portable storage, you'll get movers who can load all your items into the portable unit so you don't have to do the job yourself! Just make sure you don't need to access your items regularly when you take this route, because with MOVITS, the storage containers are stacked--which means you can't go look at your belongings like you could with a traditional self-storage facility.

Whether you're interested in a Houston self-storage facility or portable storage, you can get what you need with 3 Men Movers. Contact us today to learn more!