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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Expert Tips on How To Pack Fragile Items for Moving


We all have that special set of delicate china, a family heirloom, glassware, or oddly-shaped ceramic figurine that we want to keep safe when moving.

Broken items are one of the things that people fear most about moving. If you’re packing on your own, it can be a bit difficult to know exactly how to prep your most fragile possessions so they stay intact. For most people, our delicate pieces also tend to have more sentimental value. In cases like this, it can be even more devastating if they are damaged.

Don’t forget, your items will have a very bumpy ride in the back of a moving truck. That’s why it’s crucial to have the correct supplies in order to keep them intact during the trip. 

Want to know the best way to prepare easily broken items for your move?

Read on for expert tips we’ve learned in over 30 years of moving fragile objects for thousands of clients.

Key Supplies You’ll Need to Pack Delicate Items

It may not seem like a big deal, but having the right supplies is vital for keeping your fragile things safe during a move.

Your delicate items risk real damage if you don’t have enough supplies, or have the wrong ones.

Here are the basic packing supplies you need. (Luckily, there aren’t that many, and most of them are reusable)

Must-have packing supplies that you’ll need for fragile pieces:

  • Packing paper (get lots more than you think you need)
  • Bubble wrap
  • Brown paper tape

Optional (but helpful) packing supplies for fragile items:

  • Chipboard
  • Pliable cardboard box dividers 
  • Picture boxes
  • Blankets or towels
  • Cushion paper or kraft paper (at moving supply or hobby stores)

Double-Wrap Items With Paper and Bubble wrap

Keeping your fragile items protected begins with wrapping and packing them properly.

Moving is a lot of, well, movement.

Your delicate items are at risk for suffering damage from the motions of wrapping and packing, plus the wobbling and rattling that happens as your movers carry and load boxes into the truck. 

Not to mention, your things need to survive the drive to each location. Potholes, aggressive drivers, or even long periods in hot weather can affect whether your fragile belongings stay whole.

That said, you’ll want to go above and beyond when packing delicate items to make sure they’re secure.

The trick here is double-wrapping. Do it with each fragile item—especially glassware, mirrors, lamp bases, or oddly-shaped pieces.

Simple 3-Step Process to Double-Wrapping Delicate Items:

  1.  Wrap each item in two layers of bubble or plastic wrap. Use paper for glassware.
  2.  Then, wrap in two layers of packing paper.
  3.  Finally, seal the layers with a little bit of tape.

This method ensures that your fragile items stay securely wrapped during the entire moving process and don’t break when they’re loaded, unloaded, or in transit.

Use Packing Paper as a Cushion Inside Boxes

While you’re packing, try to fill up as much space as possible within each box marked “Fragile”.

That’s where all that extra packing paper will come in handy—especially if you have wine glasses!

Below are some handy pro tips on how to do this.

How To Pack Glassware & Correctly Fill Spaces in Moving Boxes:

  1. Crinkle up pieces of paper into thick wads & add to the bottom of the box before any items go in.
  2. Stuff spaces with crumpled kraft paper, packing paper, or thicker cushion foam paper
  3. Fill up all empty spaces with paper, not just the corners. 
  4. Packing glassware or wine glasses? Definitely stuff some paper inside the bowl after wrapping the body of the glass. 
  5. Wrap paper around the edge of the wine glass bowl, too, for good measure.
  6. After all delicate glass is in the box, add another thick layer of crumpled paper on top .

Want to make sure your fragile items don’t get crushed from above? Top off the paper wad with chipboard before closing the box (it’s much thicker than cardboard)!  

Master Your Move Tip: Avoid using newspaper! It may seem like an easy fix, but the ink will stain your wine glasses or fine china. Soaking and washing dishes is the last thing you want to do after unpacking from your move.

Pack Dishware & Picture Frames With Extra Reinforcement

Have wine glasses, dishes, or picture frames that you need to move?

Consider getting moving boxes that are specifically designed for them. 

Dishware boxes are made with reinforced bottoms so that your heavy-but-fragile items won’t break through when the box is lifted by movers.

You can also wrap dishes with clean bath towels or layer cardboard dividers between each piece. 

Don’t have any cardboard dish dividers? No problem. 

Simply cut off the opening flaps on older, flimsier boxes that are no good to use for moving. 

To properly pack wine glasses or wine bottles for moving, you may want to locate the original box, or purchase a wine glass storage box. Preferably, something made in thick plastic or anything else sturdy.  Either way, make sure these wine glass boxes have dividers and a strong lid

Boxes used for picture frames or mirrors are reinforced on the sides and often come with corner guards (whether foam or thick paper) to protect the ends and fill space in the box.

 No time to get picture boxes? 

Break out your old blankets instead. Your pictures and mirrors will be fine if you wrap and tape them securely enough.

Label Your Boxes on All Sides

Ensure that your movers know that your box contains fragile items and should be treated as such. 

It may seem like a no-brainer, but you want your fragile boxes to stand out when movers are deciding how to load the truck. The best way is to label it on all sides. Got a red marker? Even better!

As movers are glancing around your room, these boxes will be easy to identify if they’re properly and conspicuously labeled. 

To help you unpack more efficiently, also list the contents on the outside of the box 

Wrapping Up

These tips may seem simple but they make a huge difference when it comes to keeping your delicate possessions safe during your move. 

If your items have highly sentimental value (and you don’t want to take any chances), you can also transport your delicate pieces to your new place ahead of time. 

Alternatively, you can transport only those items in your own vehicle on the day of the move. 

P.S. Don’t want to deal with packing fragile items at all? Our professional packers have plenty of experience and would love to assist you. They can even unpack your delicates and organize them at your new spot!


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. ‌

Top Mistakes That Will Drag Out Your Move Day [Checklist] 


Know what can kill your chances of having a good move? Mistakes we make when moving. 

No matter where the errors originate, no one wants their move day to take forever.

Everyone hates a move day that is painfully, unnecessarily long. Especially if you have appointments or move-in deadlines!

Sometimes issues are unforeseen, but that’s not what this advice is about.

We’ve researched the most common, time-sucking errors— from both customers and hired movers—that make your move day tedious.

THE GOOD NEWS: These mistakes are 100% preventable!

With this guide (and a free checklist) you can skillfully dodge the frequent mistakes people make when moving that drag it out, costing you more time, money, and frustration in the end.  Keep these questions handy to ask whenever you book any moving company


[CHECKLIST] 24 Time-Saving Questions to Ask Before & During Your Move

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Click to download this checklist of questions to clarify your move and avoid mistakes that waste your time, money, and energy.

Time is super important when you’re moving.

So, the more info both parties have before your move, the easier it is to avoid these time-sucking slip-ups.

We also want you to have an amazing and stress-free move—even if you don’t move with us!

Click to download the free checklist above! It’s chock-full of the top 24 questions to ask so your move doesn’t take forever.


How Long Does Moving Take? Factors That Affect Your Move   

It’s super common for people to not know what to disclose to movers

Plus, some moving companies don’t have a thorough questioning process to find out what (if anything) could drag out your move time. 

Little-known factors that affect your moving time:  

  • Anything over 600 lbs.  Movers could come unprepared if they don’t know about something this hefty; some companies won’t move any item over 600 lbs. Others may need an extra hand or equipment. Either way, you don’t want to wait around to find out!
  • Gun Safes– Your move will take longer if your safe isn’t empty. Since the door is usually the heaviest part, you or the movers should remove it to fast-track the moving time. Also, check if it’s bolted to the floor because removal will require special tools—and possibly a separate contractor.
  • Armoires- Empty and dismantle this before move day. Keep screws and small parts in a zipped bag, taped to the interior. This way, no one will waste time scrambling to put it back together at your destination.  
  • China Cabinets. Not only do china cabinets take time to dismantle and reassemble, they often have glass shelves and lighting which should be removed & wrapped before transport. You may not know to do this yourself, so tell your moving company when you book. 
  • Barbeque (BBQ) grills, smokers, & pits- Let your company know what type of grill or smoker you own and approximately how large it is (our crews like to research how to dismantle them).   
  • Patio furniture or specialty tools/equipment Tell movers if you have any odd-shaped or large outdoor furniture, or equipment like a desk saw, workbench, or landscaping equipment. 
  • Musical instruments- Inform your moving company when you’re booking so you can get a crew experienced with musical instruments. On the flip side, make sure you have a crate or case for each musical instrument you own.

Moving Company Mistakes That Make Your Move Long 

Mistake #1: Not Investing in Proper Training 

As a wise moving guru once said, Anybody can move a box, but not everyone can move.

At 3 Men Movers, we personally vet and train all crew members in our proprietary program. Plus, new members get more than a year of live, hands-on training on how to wrap, box, disassemble, reassemble, load, stack, pack, and organize for a move. 

How long does it take to load or unload a moving truck? 

Will it take forever to move your 3-bedroom house? 

Can movers reassemble everything at your new location?

If your chosen moving company isn’t investing in well-trained or experienced movers, your move could take longer for all of the above. 

 

Mistake #2: Assigning the Wrong Crew for Your Needs

If your move needs some special care, you can’t afford to waste time dealing with the wrong type of crew.  
Your moving company should be able to give you a quick rundown of the crew you’re hiring, and tell you why

Say that you need someone experienced in moving survivors our of a domestic abuse situation, or you need help moving a baby grand piano. Do you really want just anyone to show up?

 

Mistake #3: Underestimating the Job 

Being confident is great. Being unprepared is not. No matter how experienced a moving company is, they should always be clear on how much you need moved and any time constraints that apply. 
The best way to do that? They shouldn’t make assumptions. They also shouldn’t give you a standard crew if your move isn’t typical
Whether you have a ton of stuff to move, have a storage stop, or need to move in by 6 PM, the moving company you hire should be able to provide the best movers to accommodate you.

 

Mistake #4: Failing to Ask the Right Questions

Moving companies have the best intentions, but sometimes your move takes longer because of what happened before a crew even arrives at your place. 
When you first book a move, there’s a lot of back-and-forth between you and the company. Certain questions may be omitted or simply forgotten during the questioning process. If you’ve never moved before, you may not even notice. 
However, if the company isn’t asking you the right questions, they’ll never truly understand what you need, which can unexpectedly add hours onto your move day.

For instance: it’s easy to fall behind schedule on your move if the crew didn’t know you had 2 armoires to disassemble, wrap, load, and reassemble!

 

Mistakes by Customers Make That Drag Out Move Day 

Mistake #1: Forgetting to Mention Stairs or Elevators 

Most people don’t realize it when they’re booking, but stairs can have a huge impact on how long it takes to move and load or unload a moving truck. 

Multiple staircases—especially in apartment buildings—can be quite time-consuming for movers hauling heavy furniture or lots of items. 

Tell your moving company how many staircases and elevators are in each location so they can plan accordingly. Also, don’t forget to mention anything heavy that you need to move between floors! 

 

Mistake #2: Underestimating How Much You Own

While you know how much stuff you own, your hired movers don’t. Even then, it’s super easy to overlook or understate what you have (especially if you haven’t started packing).  

If you underestimate your belongings, you may not have enough movers. It’s a massive waste of time (and money) if you have to wait for more movers to arrive or even reschedule because no one else is available during the peak season.

Luckily, there are a few things you can do to better explain yourself: make an inventory or take photos/video and send it to your moving company.

 

Mistake #3:  Not Calculating Time Constraints in Your Move

Many places have time restrictions on when you can move out or into a residence. Ask yourself if your move could be even slightly affected by such constraints. 

  1. Have to stop at a storage location? Let your movers know if there’s a cutoff time for moving items in. 
  2. When is the latest you can move into your new place? Is there a deadline that would be affected by a flexible start move

Remember, if you agreed to a flexible start time with your movers, there’s no guaranteed start time (just a general range). So, make sure you’ve considered your final destination’s cutoff time for moving in.

 

Mistake #4:  Being Too Helpful

Movers are there to make your day easier and hassle-free. 

The best thing you can do for your own sanity? Let them

You almost certainly own some things with sentimental value, but most movers want everything to go well just like you do.

So, if you’ve communicated clearly and have the perfect team assigned to your job, relax and don’t worry. 

Avoid These Mistakes to Move Quickly, Efficiently, & Save Money

To be clear, this is not about placing blame.

Simply put, an efficient move day can’t happen unless everyone involved is 100% clear and highly responsible.

Use these tips and the checklist to ensure both you and your movers will know exactly what to expect. This way, your move can be hassle-free and fast, and everyone can prevent stressful mistakes from happening.


Efficient Moving Advice That Will Make Your Day Successful


It’s move day, and time is money. So you definitely need to know how to move out as efficiently as possible. 

So, what’s the most efficient way to move?

Find out with this essential advice to reduce moving stress and avoid wasting time. 

Tip #1: Communicate About Your Circumstances 

Discussing your moving plans with a friend is a good way to get ideas…. 

Just don’t expect your move to resemble theirs!

So how long will it take movers to load a truck efficiently? 

The structure, accessibility, and layout of each residence are different, so these attributes will definitely affect how long your move take. 

Below are some ways to optimize the efficiency of your move day based on time.

Consider your starting and ending locations:

  • Do you have a one-story 3-bedroom home?  Fewer staircases mean it could take less time to move compared to a similar home with the same number of bedrooms but two stories
  • Living in an apartment or condo? It’s important to let movers know if you have to reserve an elevator or have a time limit to move somewhere new
  • Remember: these movers have never been to your place. Let a booking agent know if there’s anything out of the ordinary. Does your home have odd features or landscapes that could make loading or unloading more difficult? Do you have a roommate or children that would be disturbed by noises?

Knowing these things in advance will help you and your movers determine whether your move could take longer or shorter than average.  

 

Tip #2: Point Out Meaningful Items & Be Thorough

Many people own something with either sentimental or material value.

It could tug at your heartstrings or simply be expensive. 

Either way, tell your moving company and the crew beforehand.

That childhood trinket, professional artwork, special collector’s item, or wedding gift? Movers won’t always assume how special or fragile it is unless you point it out.  

Even if it’s a simple request to be gentle with a certain box, your moving crew wants to make sure you’re happy and comfortable with their service. 

Here’s how to be detailed and let movers know what you want

When you’re booking a move:

  • Inform the agent about anything that you want to be handled with special care (gun safes & ammo, delicate items, items up to or over 500 lbs., etc) 
  • Ask your booking agent to make a note of this for the crew (a responsible company should do this automatically, but request it anyway.) 
  • Be clear on what the moving company will and will not move… (To abide by state regulations and company policies, there are some things movers simply cannot disassemble or transport—like live plants or baby cribs.)

Before move day:

  • Clear packed boxes out of the way so movers can safely and quickly walk between each room to the exit 

On move day:

  • Walk movers through every part of your home and point out anything delicate or special
  • Open closet and cabinet doors to make sure nothing is overlooked
  • Show the crew anything that may need to be double-wrapped
  • Let movers know which boxes are ready to be loaded and which boxes have delicate or heavy items
  • Check all outdoor patios, closed doors, and drawers. Leave everything open as movers are loading so nothing is missed

Remember that extra communication is key.

Almost all moving mishaps are preventable! 

How can you help make your move more efficient? Voice your wishes early so movers can reasonably meet them.

 

Tip #3: Stay Attentive & Focus On The Move

Back to the point about communicating throughout your move: this works best if you stay focused on the move itself.

Now, we’re definitely advocates of a smooth, stress-free move because we train movers to become true professionals in how to handle and transport your items.

Professionals don’t need hand-holding, but they may need to ask important questions that can make or break your move. 

Here are some focused tips that will make your move easier:

  • Stay accessible throughout the day without interruptions or distractions from friends and family who may be there
  • If you can’t be accessible: discuss your move with someone who will be physically present, knows what and how you want to move, and who is authorized to speak on your behalf if there’s a question or concern

If you hire a moving company to help you move, you expect (and should get) professionalism.

Make your move more efficient by occasionally checking in with the crew leader and voicing your concerns or questions. 

 

Tip #4: Call Your Moving Company 

Whenever a service person comes to your place, you should know what to expect, right? The same thing goes for moving crews who you’re relying on for a successful, well-organized move.

Sometimes, things don’t go as planned. Movers are human, too, and the unexpected could happen and directly or indirectly impact your move. 

Don’t hesitate to call the moving company. A phone call to immediately notify the company will take less time and save you the headache of enduring an awkward move if:

  • If anything goes wrong or if movers are late
  • If you have questions about added services or charges
  • If you simply feel uncomfortable (especially if a mover seems ill)….

It’s your move day, and there’s no need to waste time. 

 

Tip #5: Know All Fees (& How They’re Calculated)

Doing research on the moving company you’ve chosen will eliminate a lot of headaches upfront. However, if you want to have a highly efficient move, that’s not where the buck stops.

For example, 3 Men Movers uses a transparent travel fee

This includes the transportation costs of our facility distance to your starting address, the distance from your final address back to our facility.  

Likewise, our hourly rate doesn’t start until we arrive at your first location and you sign the crew in. The clock stops when you sign the movers out at the end of the service. This way, clients have the ultimate approval over their move.

So, not only are such costs explained upfront, but there are no sneaky fees tacked on to the end of your move.

We’ve calculated the transparent travel fee in the most reasonable and relevant way for each individual client. 

Be wary that some extremely common tactics in the moving industry are to:

  • Extra charges for going up or down flights of stairs, handling safes, oversized items, or pianos, etc. 
  • Claim there is no travel fee—then add on fuel costs or the time it takes to get back to the facility (often in rush-hour traffic)
  • Claim that their travel fee is time-based and therefore cheaper… and it certainly looks inexpensive at first

Yes, some movers will find ways to charge you for time spent not actually moving… Unknowing clients then end up paying for the cost of movers to sit in notoriously horrible Texas traffic, or they get charged an hourly moving rate for the driving time!

No matter which moving company you hire, be aware of what you’re paying for and how charges are calculated:

  • Thoroughly read a copy of your rights (all licensed moving companies are required to furnish this for you)
  • Ask the booking agent to explain all services, charges, and fees and how they’re calculated. You need to know what factors will influence the rates you’re paying 
  • Ask if they will hold your items on the truck if add-on fees aren’t paid immediately

Ensure that you understand any time-based charges or potential extras. It will eliminate lots of misconceptions and disappointments. 

 

Tip #6: Ask About Your Moving Crew’s Experience Level

Anybody can move a box, but not everyone can move!

If you’re interested in hiring a moving company, ask about the people who will actually be moving you:

  • Feel free to ask how long a crew has been moving
  • Ask if the crew is experienced in moving specific or delicate items
  • Voice any sensitive issues they should be aware of (e.g. domestic abuse, elderly or sick residents, medical equipment)
  • If you own animals, inform the booking agent in case a crew member has an allergy that would affect the efficiency of your move
  • Request by name any movers you’ve heard of through online reviews or from a friend

One of our Movifestos states, “We respect that your home is sacred.” 

We also back it up with onboarding crews to our expectations, criminal background checks, and ongoing professional training so their skills stay sharp. 

At 3 Men Movers, if you request a crew—perhaps you heard a friend or online reviewer singing the praises of one by name—we’ll honor it. After all, you deserve the move you want.

 

Tip #7: Be Aware of the Claims Process

Heaven forbid you’ll actually need to file a claim, but in case you do, you should know how it works first.

How to find out if a moving company’s claims process will go smoothly:

  • Does the company have carrier liability?
  • Are the movers involved in the claims process? 
  • Do moving crews have accountability or incentives for their claims rates?
  • How does your moving claims process work? 
  • Where do I start by filing a claim—should I call or email?
  • Do I need to provide a receipt or proof of value to get the maximum allowable amount in case of a claim?
  • How long does the claim process take? Are there deadlines?

Personally, at 3 Men Movers, we’re really proud of a claims rate that is consistently less than 3% of thousands of moves over the past few years.

Again, no matter what company you choose, you still need to know how their claims policy will affect you should you need to use it. 

 

Tip #8: Properly Crate or Prepare Unique Items

Musicians have to move too… And so do people with huge armoires. 

Despite how much you own and have to lug into a new place, it’s important to be as prepared as possible before your move day arrives.

Save time by preparing:

  • Box up everything and label anything fragile
  • Number boxes and have corresponding sticky notes/tape for the new rooms they’ll go into
  • Ensure nothing is protruding from boxes that would make them difficult to stack on a dolly or truck 
  • Set out extra blankets on top of items you want movers to wrap (but they’ll also bring their own)
  • If you want to speed up your move, disassemble whatever you can before movers arrive
  • Unplug appliances and take out tubing at least a day in advance (put a towel down for refrigerators)
  • Wrap and place televisions and any fragile glass in their original boxes, if possible
  • Call the moving company if you have any safes over 600 lbs 
  • Find out if safes were drilled into the floor by previous owners 
  • Empty safes before movers arrive (movers can’t transport ammunition)

Special note for musicians:

  • Crate or case musical instruments you want movers to transport (especially stringed instruments like harps and cellos)
  • Let movers know if there is an instrument inside of a case
  • If you don’t have a case but insist that movers handle it, please be prepared to sign a waiver for liability

 

Tip #9: Know Your Storage Facility 

Timing is everything when you’re moving. That’s doubled if you are moving into or out of a storage facility.

If your movers are stopping at a storage location, there are some things to communicate if you want things to go smoothly:

  • Talk to the facility manager in advance to determine if your items will fit.
  • Know the hours of operation for your storage location.
  • Are there deadlines for when a storage facility will no longer accept moves?
  • Is there 24-hour access?
  • Make sure there is a facility manager onsite when you and your movers arrive in case you run into problems or need help.

This is the most significant info you should know before moving into storage (it’s certainly not everything). Understanding your facility and needs will prevent any issues with not having enough room. 

Certainly, you don’t want to spend more money or time than you have to when you’re moving! 

 


Domestic Violence Survivor’s Moving Safety Guide [DOWNLOAD]


Moving out or threatening to leave is the most dangerous thing a domestic violence survivor can do. 

It’s also the most necessary thing a survivor can do. 

This downloadable domestic violence moving safety guide is designed to make it easier. 

It explains not only what you need to do in detail, but how and why. 

This guide is brought to you by our partnership with the domestic violence shelter, Fort Bend Women’s Center (FBWC). 

P.S. We will never sell your personal info.

“It is crucial that you do not tell your abuser, his family, his friends, or any mutual friends of your plans to leave.  This could sabotage your plans, or even worse, cost you your life.”

Peggy Wright, Director of Sexual Assault & Counseling Programs at Fort Bend Women’s Center

Domestic Violence Survivors’ Moving Safety Guide

By leveraging our vast moving assets and crews, we’re driving items donated during a move to the FBWC resale shop, PennyWise. 

Download a Free Domestic Violence Moving Safety Guide

So why are we doing this?

This way, the Center can generate more profits and funds to support survivors who leave and try rebuilding their lives. 

FBWC provides not only shelter, but therapy, connections with legal advocates, access to medical care, training resources, and so much more. 

The help survivors receive is vital. They most often leave with nothing for themselves and their children or pets. 

Stopping family violence is not whimsical, part-time dabbling for us. 

It’s a goal that we will do anything to reach. 

If you have an upcoming move

Let us know during booking, and we’ll take items or furniture you don’t want (with a few restrictions) as donations. 

Not only is it one less thing you have to worry about, but you’ll feel better knowing that it ended up in a much more useful place than a landfill.  

If you’re not moving but still want to help

There are still ways you can support FBWC and domestic violence survivors. Please consider giving in one of the following ways:


20 Questions to Ask Reputable Movers Before Booking


Looking to move? You’ll need to prepare some important questions to ask movers before you hire them and let strangers into your home.   

If you’re seeking a reputable brand that’s safe and efficient, there’s more to it than just scanning the rating and number of reviews, or simply taking the word of a friend, 

While you’re searching around for affordable moving quotes, it’s easy to forget all the questions you should ask. 

That’s why we’ve compiled everything you don’t know that you should be asking a prospective moving company for hire.

Read on for more!

Basics to Know Before Booking A Moving Company 

By the time you’re ready to book movers, you should have 100% clarity on:

  • What services you are and are not getting
  • The professionalism, licensing, and experience of the company and crews entering your home
  • How you’ll be charged
  • When you’ll be charged
  • What you’ll be charged for
  • How much any fees and hourly rates are
  • What to expect on your move day
  • How and who to contact at the company if something goes wrong

Nobody could break this down better than our Moving Experts.

They want to share everything you’re not asking moving companies but should be.  Not only will they help you find the right moving service, but any honest and reputable company should be able to answer them all.  

 

Questions to Ask Movers About Their Credentials & Crews 

  1. How much experience do you have with moving?
  2. Are you licensed to move with the U.S. Department of Transportation and your state DMV? What are your licensing numbers?
  3. Do your movers and packers have training or prior experience?
  4. Did your movers and packers pass a criminal background check? Are checks done consistently?
  5. Do you regularly drug screen your movers?
  6. Do your teams know how to properly move or pack/unpack my special items?

Make sure that questions about security are the first things you ask a prospective moving company. 

Larger companies will have a lot more crews to choose from, so you should be able to get a crew that can accommodate your needs the best. 

Unfortunately, lots of people prioritize pricing over quality when looking for movers.

Sure, a quick Google search of something like “cheap movers” or “cheap moving companies” will generate plenty of results… 

While it’s good to be mindful of your spending, you won’t know what you’re really getting for that low price tag until you dig deeper. 

Moving experts, Omar, Carlos and Felicia, agree that people often don’t factor in security when finding a crew to enter their home.

“A lot of companies use day laborers,” Carlos states. “Day laborers could be anybody…”

“Do you really want anybody in your home? So, you want to make sure that the movers that are being used are background-checked, drug-screened professionals… because anybody can move a box, but not everybody can move.” 

Felicia agrees that security should be at the top of the list no matter if you live alone, if you own expensive items, or if you have a family with young children. 

“Think about it…” she starts, “someone comes to your house and they’re day laborers. They don’t have a background check. You don’t know where they’ve come from. You know, they have your address, and they can always come back.” 

You’ll absolutely need to ask this question if you have fragile, expensive, or sentimental items.  Let’s face it, not everyone can gracefully move a baby grand piano, a gun safe, alcohol, glass tables, or a rare collection.   

Legally, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and the state of Texas both require movers to be licensed in order to operate.

However, most customers don’t realize that this is not regulated, so not all moving companies are actually licensed and registered with the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV).

Before doing business with any moving company, ask for their USDOT number and TxDMV number and check it online

These licensing numbers should be posted on their website and in any quote emails they send you. 

If they don’t have one, forget them. There are plenty of other trustworthy and legally compliant companies out there!  

Omar says, “One thing [customers] always forget to ask… make sure that the guys are licensed professionals, that they’ve been around for a while, they know what they’re doing, they have their reputation…. Definitely want to check customer reviews, make sure it’s a good company, make sure it’s a reputable company that you’re going to be going with.”

Questions to Ask Movers About Their Policies, Services, & Fees

  1. What do you charge for on a move? Is there a fee for rescheduling or canceling a move?
  2. How much is each charge and how are they calculated?
  3. What does your travel fee include? Is it hourly? Does it include the drive time to and from my destinations?
  4. How do you verify the start, stop, and any non-work times for your crews?
  5. Will you do a virtual or in-person walk-through?
  6. Can your movers donate or remove furniture I don’t want after a move?
  7. Do you offer packing and unpacking services? What does this include?
  8. Will I be charged for certain supplies? If so, how much?
  9. Is there anything your company will not move?
  10. Is assembly/disassembly of furniture included? Are there types of furniture you won’t re-assemble?
  11. Will all my belongings fit in your truck for 1 trip? What truck sizes do you offer?
  12. What’s your claims rate and process if there are damages?
  13. Is the tip included? When and how can I leave a tip?
  14. Who do I contact if I have a problem during my move?

Make sure you ask lots of questions when getting moving quotes from different companies.

Ask about their state and national licensing to move, what they can and cannot move, how they calculate fees, and who to contact if things go wrong.

“Make sure they disassemble; because, a lot of times we don’t know how to take beds apart, or furniture,” Felicia says, mindfully. “A lot of companies don’t disassemble at all. That’s a good thing to ask. Don’t assume they do, because a lot of them don’t.

Felicia recommends you also ask lots of questions about the company’s fee system and policies. This way, you won’t get slapped with sky-high charges when the company promised an inexpensive travel fee upfront.

“A lot of times they’ll give you a price based on the hourly rate and the trip charge, and you think that’s a good price because it’s pretty cheap or reasonable. But, guess what? They hit you at the end when you’re coming back,” Felicia explains.

Exorbitant fees can also sneak in when movers charge fuel or hourly trip fees in areas with horrible traffic...meaning you’ll pay for the time it takes them to drive in rush-hour traffic. 

In your quote, (which you need to get in writing) there should be a clear breakdown of the services you’re getting and the cost for each one. 

A representative for the moving company should be able to easily give you definitions of each service and what each fee involves when you ask. 

MASTER TIP: Due to widespread illness and anxiety about the coronavirus outbreak, the company’s COVID-19 policiesclaim, cancellation, and rescheduling processes should be clearly outlined and flexible. 

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Escaping Domestic Violence? Here’s How to Move Out Safely.


For victims of domestic violence, the COVID-19 pandemic presents another obstacle when trying to leave toxic situations and move out.

With stay-at-home orders, job losses, financial and emotional hardships, and lack of resources or support, moving out and escaping an abuser unharmed can seem like an intimidating effort.

“What we do know is that because of COVID-19 there has been a dramatic increase in domestic violence1, not only in our county but around the world. We also know that most of the area shelters are full and because of the epidemic are not accepting new clients, so it is a particularly dangerous time for victims who are still with their abusers.”

Peggy Wright, Director of Sexual Assault & Counseling Programs at Fort Bend Women’s Center

If you’re experiencing domestic violence and need to leave quickly, you may be too anxious or frightened to hash out the details.

So, below is a plan to follow. If you don't have time to do everything on this list—that's okay. Oftentimes, people escaping abuse don't have days or weeks to plan.

Pick out what works for your situation and do whatever you can do to stay safe.

If abuse has escalated to the point that you fear for your life or that of any children in the house, please call 9-1-1.

Read on to see moving tips for those escaping domestic violence, and download the moving safety guide designed to help abuse survivors plan a safe relocation.


Before Moving: Plan Your Exit

If you live with an abuser, you may not feel you have the courage to move out yet. 

And that’s okay

Even before you’re ready to take that first step, planning is critical.  Doing it early—even if you're not prepared to leave as soon as possible—will boost your chances of success.

Here are some tips from movers and our friends at Fort Bend Women’s Center:

  • Set aside money when you can. Shelters offer services free of charge. It’s still a great idea to have your own money to access depending on how you are moving out and your post-move plans.
  • Things will be easier if you have money to access independently. Try setting up a checking or savings account in your own name at a bank that is separate from your partner. 

Gather your most important and valuable items.

It doesn’t have to be all at once, but set aside what you can, whenever you can.  (Examples: extra car keys, car title/lease paperwork, emergency cash, insurance cards, birth/marriage certificates, social security cards, health records, extra medications, debit/credit cards, extra clothes, children’s clothing or supplies, any evidence of physical abuse— like photos, journals, notes, medical or police records, etc.). 

  • Store them in a private place. Private, as in, ONLY you have access to it. Do not leave this with anyone close to your abuser or any place where your abuser could easily find it. (Examples: a personal lockbox, a backpack, with a trusted friend or family member, or in a safety deposit box in a bank your abuser doesn’t know about). 
  • Make copies of any documents your abuser is likely to notice are missing.

Create a code word, phrase, or signal.

If you have children or other loved ones living with you and your abuser, they need to know exactly what to do when you say this.

Also do this with any trusted friends, family, or neighbors you can call on stay with or help you leave.

(Examples of a plan: Go to a neighbor’s home, ask your school staff to call/text me, call grandma). 

In case you’re in a situation where your abuser is closely monitoring your every move, or listening, create a code term that sounds natural but is unique to you and your loved ones.

You should also practice what to do in case of danger—especially if you have kids. 

If possible, get your own cell phone.

The chance that an abuser has secretly installed a surveillance app on their victim’s phone is extremely high. Many IPS (intimate partner surveillance) apps can be installed without even touching a cell phone.

According to MIT’s Technology Review, one survivor even recounts how opening a photo texted from her ex-boyfriend gave him total access to her cellphone—including her apps, current location, emails, passwords, camera, and even social media accounts.

If you can get your own phone, use a passcode that can’t be easily guessed.

How to safely handle a cell phone to plan your move:

  1. DO NOT ditch the compromised phone, (this could enrage the abuser). Use it for simple tasks, but do not use it to call/ search for movers or domestic abuse resources.
  2. Suspect you’re being spied on? Don’t bother paying for anti-spyware apps since most can’t find all the creepy software, and the abuser could react violently. The only way to remove it is to factory reset the phone, and that will remove all your current apps and settings. It’s best to get a cheap phone that allows you to privately text, browse the internet, plan your move, and make calls to police or family violence centers. 

Can’t get your own cell phone?

Keep the Fort Bend Women’s Center hotline number handy: 281-342-4357. They suggest “saving it under something innocent like the name of a restaurant [or business] you like."

To plan your move from an abusive situation:

  1. Use a public computer at a library, school, or friend’s house. If you know where you’ll be moving, set up mail forwarding through your local United States Post Office, or do it online for $1.05. If you don’t know exactly where you’re going, you can get help from a shelter when you’re there. (Log out of all services and clear your history when you’re done.)
  2. Research how you’ll move. Will another trusted adult be helping you move? Will you hire a moving company instead? Make sure that whatever company you choose has domestic violence policies in place (what we call “privacy moves”), and that the movers have undergone criminal background checks. We call these “privacy moves” because we take every precaution to protect your privacy—which is vital in cases of abuse. No one who calls will be able to discuss details of the move just by using your name. In fact, you’ll be issued a personal file locator number so only you can review the move information. 
  3. Know your options: call shelters in advance.  This is important to learn the policies about whom they allow to stay or visit. Even if there isn’t room, a shelter can often refer you to another place. Hotels are often used to house people escaping abuse when centers are full, and staff members will assist with meals, health care, child care, pet care, education, job training, counseling, waivers for utilities and phone service, legal help, longer-term shelter, and more. 
  4. Shelters may be able to help you with pets.  Take any evidence you gathered previously, (like photos or medical records of abuse). Besides legal help, you’ll also want to ask if the shelter is pet-friendly. Typically, service and support animals are welcome. If not, you can leave your pet with a trusted friend or family member out of the abuser’s reach in case (s)he tries to retaliate. Shelters may also be able to connect you with resources on fostering your pet if necessary. Fort Bend Women's Center, for example, has connections with the Houston Humane Society and can help make arrangements for fostering or sheltering pets.
  5. Determine the best time to leave. If you live with your partner, ask yourself: when do they go to work or leave the home for extended periods of time? Are there any rooms you feel safe in that you can exit from in case you have to move quickly? If you don’t live with your partner, consider: When is the best time for you to be alone or have privacy?

Avoid posting or messaging anything on social media about your plan.

You’ll need to memorize important information, like phone numbers or addresses of trusted neighbors, friends, or family.

If you have children, tell them to memorize it too. Agree on a code word/phrase that will let everyone involved know what to do when it is used

Consider free private security.

There are some nonprofits that help domestic abuse victims move by standing watch in case an abuser shows up unannounced. One organization, called Reynolds Protection, is right here in Dallas, Texas!


On Move Day: Time is of the Essence

When survivors of violence leave their abusers, it can be a dangerous time. But you are strong enough to make it out! These steps will help make it easier on the day of your move. 

Confirm the details with your movers & others

Whether you’re hiring pros or supporters to help you move—or getting out by yourself—review how you want your move to work. Go over your code words and escape plan with children or people who are helping you move. Use a public computer (like at a library or at most shipping stores) to print out the destination in case your phone is being spied on. 

Make sure your essentials are ready to go.

In a hurry? Grab the essentials that you packed previously and go. Remember those copies you made? Leave them in case you have little to no belongings to move and don’t want your abuser to quickly catch on that you’ve left.

What to do if you don’t have boxes (or the money to buy them)

Ask your local grocery store. These boxes will probably be somewhat worn or less sturdy (and you may be able to only use them once), but grocery store boxes are a good fix if you have no money.

Your moving company can also provide these—especially if they have packing services.

Lock up anything that could be used as a weapon.

Make sure these items are as hard to reach as possible. (Example: Put things like guns, knives, or bats in a safe, on top of kitchen cabinets, or in a toilet water tank.)

Also, review where your exits and windows are located in case you have to run to another room.

Know your end destination.

Will you be leaving unexpectedly? Where will you go and how will you get there? Have your printed directions ready—especially if you think your cell phone is being used to spy on you.

If you have children at school and can't pick them up before moving...

Ask the front office to change release privileges so an abusive partner cannot pick them up after finding out you have left.

Sometimes when abusers feel they have lost control, they may try to lash out and retaliate by hurting your loved ones. Do this on the same day and time you’re planning to leave home you share with your abuser.

Ditch the compromised cell phone.

Remember: it’s highly likely that your abuser is spying on your location and whatever info passes to or from your phone.

Once you are safely on your way to your destination, that is the time to ditch your current phone or do a factory reset.

But first, log out of every online and app account you own so they can't access your location through your app and online account permissions.

NOTE: Things to know before doing a factory reset on your phone.

Resetting your phone will remove your current apps and settings, so you’ll have to download and log into them again.

Some apps you should avoid downloading again (like certain email apps) and only access them through a computer.

Update each account password and its security questions.

Change your passwords to something the abuser can’t guess. Do this for your email account first, because social media and other apps will often send location info to your email to authorize any changes.

Unable to discard the compromised phone?

Disable your Bluetooth, Bluetooth scanning, and location so your phone cannot communicate with other devices.

This is usually called Location Sharing in your Settings or menu bar.

Look in Settings to ensure Bluetooth scanning is disabled, as apps can use it to share your location even if you have Bluetooth turned off.

Check each application in your privacy and security settings to ensure suspicious-looking apps cannot access and share your information.

Download Google Voice, a free service that generates a virtual phone number for you to make and screen calls or texts.

Ensure that no one can make changes to your wireless service.

If you are the account holder for your wireless service, call and ask them to put additional security measures in place, or change your verbal PIN.

If you are setting up a new service, inform them of your situation as many providers will waive fees.

Have your personal phone easily available & set up Emergency SOS.

Moving out due to domestic violence can be scary, so it’s necessary to be prepared. Using the SOS feature is easy and will call the police first, then alert your emergency contacts in case you are in danger.

NOTE: In case of danger, use your Emergency SOS buttons or call 9-1-1 .

Use the secret code/phrase/signal with any children or people who are helping you move. Do not run to where your children or loved ones are, in case your partner tries to hurt them. If you must go to another room, make sure it has an exit.

What to do if your abuser shows up unexpectedly.

Your abuser may already be home when your friends/movers arrive— so it's important that your helpers are prepared. For movers, this means acting on their privacy move policies.

Example: at 3 Men Movers, this includes appearing as if they have the wrong house.

For children or supporters helping you move, this means acting on your emergency code word plan or calling 9-1-1 in case your partner becomes threatening or violent. 

Disable anything that could be used to track you during a move.

Moving out is an extremely sensitive and nerve-wracking process if you're dealing with abuse from an intimate partner. That's why it's critical to make your move-out as streamlined and private as possible. 

It's common for abusive partners to exert control by tracking you without you even knowing it. 

In fact, Bluetooth-enabled devices that were originally created to find lost items are being leveraged for stalking unsuspecting victims. 

Devices like Apple AirTags can be stealthily slipped into a bag or attached on a car and track everywhere you go. 

So not only should you check your vehicle and other belongings for trackers, it's also a good idea to turn off any GPS navigation in your car, and disable the location-tracking features on your smartphone. 

Be aware that if you have an iPhone, it can take anywhere between 8 to 24 hours before an AirTag will alert you to its presence.

That means you'll need to plan a specific time to check your belongings for tracking devices before moving out. 

Below are apps that can help you find out if you're being tracked by an unknown device:

Reach out to your safe place.

Wherever you’re going—be it a shelter or a loved one’s home—reach out first. See if they can provide you with any help or transportation to your destination.


After Moving: Protect Your Future

Follow these post-move privacy tips to embark on a new, brighter future and stay safe. 

Get & keep copies of your protective order

Depending on their funding and access to lawyers, shelter or domestic violence attorney may be able to connect you with a family violence attorney or help you fill out paperwork—but you may have to persistently check on the status.

Children and pets can be included in these orders, too.

Carry a certified copy of the protective order with you everywhere you go. Addresses may be on these documents or police reports, so consider using a P.O. box or a friend’s address for your mail.

Be careful who and where you submit your new phone number and address. 

Ask for service deposit waivers.

Getting a break for a while will help you gain financial independence and avoid returning to toxic partners who make you feel like you can’t succeed without them. 

In Texas, the deposit for utilities (like gas, electricity, and wireless/phone service) can be waived or reduced to a monthly basis.

The requirements include getting a letter signed by Certifying Entity and faxing it to the utility company (you can use faxes at any shipping/postal store).

According to the Public Utility Commission of Texas, entities that can sign utility waivers are

      1. Family violence centers
      2. Treating medical staff
      3. Law enforcement personnel
      4. Office of Texas District or County Attorney
      5. Office of the Attorney General
      6. Grantees of the Texas Equal Access to Justice Foundation 

 Change up your routine.

If you take the same route to/from work, take a different route.

Avoid going to the places your abuser knows. If you normally work or shop at night, try switching to the daytime. The most vulnerable time for survivors is when they leave and the abusive partner has lost control.

Ensure your abuser can’t predict where you’re going. This will be easier if you’re moving a lengthy distance from where your abuser lives.

Notify your workplace.

You just did an incredibly brave thing by choosing a better future! Someone else’s choices shouldn’t change that. Give a photo of the abuser to your work supervisors, security staff, or coworkers that you trust and work closely with at the same time.

They don’t have to know the details, but they should be aware that (s)he isn’t allowed near the premises to harass, stalk, or threaten you via a protective/restraining order.

You can also alert authorities at your children’s school, even if you changed their schools

Unlist your new phone number.

Lockdown new emails or social accounts. It’s common for abusers to show lots of remorse or even cry in order to get back into your life.

This is a manipulative tactic to regain control, and they may also try this through mutual friends or family. Unfortunately, you’ll have to make some changes to avoid caving to pressure.

  1. First, set up two-factor authentication (this is available on almost all Internet-based accounts).
  2. Next, do a social media cleanse, like blocking your abuser and their friends, not allowing yourself to be tagged in photos without review, not sharing any location tags/check-ins, etc. so they cannot see where you now live. If you share mutual custody of children, it’s more complicated. Shelters can connect you with a family violence attorney who can assist you further. Call your wireless company and ask to change or unlist your new phone number.

Read the Fine Print in New Contracts, Service Agreements, & Privacy Policies.

Finally, avoid doing business with companies who state in their Privacy Policies that your personal information might be sold for marketing purposes. 

Set up security in your new space.

Pick security systems (like cameras and alarms) with motion-sensitive lighting and backup that won’t fail in bad weather or can’t work without WiFi.

You’ll also want to make sure a simple laser cannot disable them.

Security system companies may also be able to help you settle in with discounts or a monthly waiver. For this, you may be asked to furnish some proof, so consult with your attorney or ask the company what you need to provide.

Replace wooden doors with steel or metal doors.

Secure windows, garages, locks, and doors with security bars or locks so they can’t be opened or kicked in from the outside.


How Survivors Can Get Help For Domestic Violence

If you or someone you know is in an abusive situation and needs help, please contact the following:

 


How We’re Helping Domestic Abuse Survivors During the Pandemic


 

On average, 20 people per minute are physically abused by a partner in the United States.

Reports of domestic violence are rising due to the coronavirus pandemic, and it is impacting the way we live, work, and how we feel.

But, at 3 Men Movers, our hope is to reduce that number to 0.

So, we’re using our expert moving resources to support local organizations to address domestic violence. Here’s how we’re partnering with the nonprofit Fort Bend Women’s Center (FBWC) in Texas to support survivors.

TLDR: No time to read? Listen to this blog instead!

Houston Partnership Eases COVID-19’s Effect on Domestic Abuse

Typically, the FBWC resale shop, PennyWise, accepts donated furniture and appliances for resale. Proceeds are used to provide programs and goods for domestic abuse survivors and their children.
Until the stay-at-home order in Greater Houston is lifted, PennyWise is closed and cannot move donations to their warehouse. So, our crews are helping by moving donated furniture from clients to the FBWC warehouse.

Three Men Movers has been a wonderful friend and partner to Fort Bend Women’s Center for many years, and we’re thrilled to be working with them to bring in donations for our Pennywise stores, which support our mission to help survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and their kids. Through this partnership, people can use the VERY BEST movers in town and also make much-needed donations to a great cause! Thank you, Three Men Movers!

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To dig deeper, we sat down with Sean Hughes, Resale Operations Director for PennyWise. Here’s his take on the partnership and how the COVID-19 pandemic and stay-at-home orders are affecting domestic violence.

Can you tell us a bit more about your organization and what your mission is?

“Fort Bend Women’s Center has been part of the community for 40 years, and our primary goals are to promote healing and hope and assistance for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. And, unfortunately, with a large community, we have lots of needs for assistance.”

What is your role at Fort Bend Women’s Center and why do you find it rewarding?

“I have a lot of fun doing what I do. My program involves the resale stores—the thrift stores—that are part of the fundraising portion for the agency. So I get to apply a lot of my traditional retail background in a nonprofit organization.
And, I realized, not only am I benefitting myself and my team by having a good operation, but I’m able to make a great place for volunteers to come, a great place for donors to contribute to our cause.

Ultimately, everything that we do well ends up being beneficial to our clients, the survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. So, that part of the things is a little bit more meaningful knowing that all our good works go directly translated into good things for the survivors.”

Can you tell me more about PennyWise?

“We operate four different stores and two stand-alone donation centers across Harris and Fort Bend counties, and we operate with a team of paid staff members and lots and lots of volunteers.

Primarily, what we do is we gather donated items from the community either through our trucks and the team of drivers that is involved with our trucks or directly in our facilities. We prepare those items to be gifted to needy clients who qualify for certain things or to be sold to the public.

A lot of members of the public who love to shop in our thrift stores, and we love having them. It’s exciting to see what’s new every day for us, too, because we never know quite what we’re going to have for sale and it’s a lot of fun.”

How is 3 Men Movers currently working with your organization?

“Well, there’s two parts to what’s going on.

We were able to provide some material for 3 Men Movers to use as training aids. Some of the appliances and furniture that we get are things that we can’t give to clients or sell to the public because of their condition or their age, but they’re the right size and texture and they’re great training tools. So, y’all got a hold of some of our stuff and are training new staff members to use those sample items.

From our end, we have had a great opportunity to do some cross-marketing through 3 Men Movers, and also to make some arrangements to have things donated from the public and stored by the 3 Men Movers team, so that we have really an additional donations pipeline. As a nonprofit who is very interested in material donations, we love any new source of items! Our clients appreciate that and the buying public appreciates that, too.”

What expected or unexpected changes have you noticed as a result of this involvement?

“Well, we’ve seen an opportunity to begin to explore some things. I’m actually kind of new to the organization and new to this particular partnership, so perhaps my perspective isn’t as informed at some other folks… But I know that we’re grateful for the opportunity to share some marketing ideas so that both sides can be benefited.

I know—just as an aside—I have been a customer of yours multiple times. I’ve had a chance to move in a couple different places in the Texas area and every time my first call has always been to 3 Men Movers. I’ve had some sensational experiences so I’m anticipating that all our connections going forward are going to be really solid.”

What are your biggest challenges with getting donations?

“Well, the biggest challenge is a good thing. Houston is such a large and diverse city, that there are a lot of very effective and great nonprofit organizations up there. Everywhere from churches to community organizations to government groups, and they all have different niches, geographically and economically, and with their mission.

So we are very competitive for donated items, as well as funds, as well as volunteer time. So our biggest general challenge is to stay relevant and to stay top of mind to those generous people in the community that want to give their money, their time or their property to us.”

What types of donations do you need the most?

“Honestly, the thing that gets our staff and our clients most excited are furniture items. We sell everything from clothes, to shoes, to household goods, to home décor, toys and games, and neat stuff. But, we have the best luck and have the best opportunity to make the most money for the agency with furniture items.

For instance, we recently opened a second community that provides shelter for some of our needy clients, and all of those members of the community needed new furniture of some kind.

And so, we had a huge run on our inventories of furniture during the early to middle part of February. We were pretty well cleaned out, and that was great because it means we were providing things to clients. But, we’d like to get the opportunity to be restocked always, in the future. People will always get excited about furniture!”

What types of donations are you currently not accepting?

“Well, the things that we don’t accept are for three basic reasons:

One is if the items are so large that it’s not physically practical for our staff to move them around. We don’t like certain things like huge, huge, huge desks, or large pool tables or aquariums that are the size of Cleveland or things like that. So, really large items—things that aren’t safe to resell.

We pay attention to the government guidelines from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and there are certain things—because of the technology or just general safety concerns—that we don’t like.

The other type of thing is, if you wouldn’t want to use it yourself, you shouldn’t donate it. We want something that’s clean and healthy, and that next person who does have a chance to use it, it’ll be hazard-free for them.”

One reason it is so difficult for domestic violence victims to leave is because their abusers often take over financial control. How is the COVID-19 pandemic affecting this and what do you think can be done to help people finding it harder to leave?

“That is a super great question, and there’s no easy answer for it.

Yes, there’s additional stress—both in financial circumstances and the proximity to your abuser. Let me talk about finances first.

The government relief programs are great, and there’s a lot of local people who are stepping up and trying to help needy people. But, all those sorts of relief connections take time. It takes time for the money to come in.

So, the suggestion always is for anyone in a relationship to try to establish their own credit, their own separate banking accounts, and things like that if it’s at all practical to do that. Having some money squirreled away so that you can make a more informed and capable escape from your situation is critical.

The other tricky part right now, especially with the [coronavirus], is that people are shut in together to a degree that they weren’t before. Typically, an abuser doesn’t like being out of their own routine, and it’s an opportunity for that person to get triggered and act really, really badly towards their victims.

Our suggestion here is to try to create circumstances where you can have some alone time. It could be a trip to the store, it could be a trip to the bathroom inside the store if you’re shopping as a group. Or, it could be going into the garage or into a car if you have access to a car just to get a little privacy.

At that point when you have that privacy, we encourage people to call a number like our helpline which is 281-347-HELP Or, get on our website, which is FFBWC.org.

Folks can get connected with our team 24/7 and explain, ‘Hey, I’m in the middle of something that’s really ugly… Can you give me some quick ideas about what I can do to try to make my situation better?’

Our staff is trained to help get people started to plan that exit.

Unfortunately just like you say with the financial stresses and being in close proximity to your abuser, it’s harder than ever to do that right now.

Typically, in a standard situation, statistics say that it takes something like seven attempts before someone can actually exit a toxic relationship. I can only imagine that it’s harder right now.”

What housing, financial, or moving resources would you recommend to people who currently feel trapped in abusive domestic situations?

“The best thing that they can do is to leave with a concrete plan where to go, who to be with, when to be there, how to get there.

Our 24/7 helpline has trained folks that’ll assist with those sorts of issues. It’s always a challenge to leave and to bring enough with you. Sometimes people are leaving money and checkbooks behind, they’re leaving credit cards behind, they’re leaving family members and pets behind. A lot of times, when the survivors are fleeing, they’re bringing some family members, but some of them are still in school or across town or doing something and they can’t have an intact family.

But the more time you have to think about what you need when you get to your new space, the more successful that situation is going to be. And, making a plan about how and when and what to bring and who to bring is critical.
There are resources that we have online for that, as well as counselors.”

If people want to get involved with donating or volunteering, what are some important things they need to know?

“The ‘where to learn more’ part is easy! We just updated our website, so again it’s FBWC.org for Fort Bend Women’s Center. There are a couple different types of volunteering that people can do: You can get some specialized training to work directly with clients. We do background checks and we go through an extensive training program that’s certified by the office—or, the Attorney General’s office here in Texas. Then, folks can accompany people to court, or go to hospitals, or work one-on-one with their children… All sorts of things.

But the easier way, something that groups can do that doesn’t take as much training, is to volunteer inside our PennyWise stores. Lots of people can relate to working inside retail stores, and we work real hard to have the volunteers that work in PennyWise help us prepare the items for sale, help us treat our customers nicely and just do things inside stores. That’s a great opportunity for individuals to come in anywhere from 15-90, to volunteer, and for large groups to come in and help us.

We work with donors of money too, and obviously cash is always acceptable. There’s portals on our website for financial assistance, and for pledges for future assistance. There’s information about fundraising programs that we have, because we have special events that are great. Also, just in general, we love and need volunteers.

So if you’re donating items, you’re donating yourself, or you’re donating your time, we can put that to use and you will feel satisfied at the end of your donating experience or volunteer experience that you’ve done some immediate good.

What is Fort Bend Women’s Center’s vision for the future?

“It’s sort of funny because our CEO says we’d love to put ourselves out of business.
We’ve talked about the fact that we help survivors to get on their feet, get away from their traumatic situations, in short-term and long-term health, and we talked about the PennyWise program and how it helps fund the organization but something I haven’t spoken about yet is our prevention programs.

We do some prevention and some community outreach so that people in our community—from student groups to social organizations, to law enforcement and healthcare providers—understand the dynamics of healthy relationships, what to look for, what to expect, and how to stand up for yourself and what consent looks like.
There are people who have been exposed to unhealthy behavior for a long, long time, and they don’t realize how utterly toxic their circumstances are. So, our prevention program helps to show what the norms of behavior are and helps to get at those people early enough to potentially solve some of the problems.

One of the cool things that we do when working with our survivors, is about half of our clients are kids. It’s the adult in the relationship that’s usually fleeing, but they’re bringing children with them. Those kids sometimes are direct abuse victims, but more often are indirectly abused and they’re aware of how badly their parent has been treating the other parent.

Breaking that cycle of violence in someone who’s young is incredibly critical to their long-term health and emotional stability.

So, the prevention efforts that we’re making is what we want to continue to emphasize a lot. We’re glad that we’ve had an opportunity to serve a lot of people in a lot of ways. We are doing trauma-based treatments with people. We’re recognizing that many of our clients have physical issues. We have a lot of people that we’re helping who have had chemical dependencies, or traumatic brain injuries, and that changes how they’re able to handle their own treatment. So we’re sensitive to that, and have developed some new therapies to do a better job connecting with those folks.”

National & Local Resources to Help Stop Domestic Abuse

If you or someone you know is in an abusive situation and needs help, please contact the following for help:

  • Fort Bend County Women’s Center (FBWC.org)
  • Houston Area Women’s Center (HAWC.org)
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline ( 1-800-799-7233, *Advocates are available 24/7. All calls are free & confidential)

 


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.

Read Customer Reviews:

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.


How to Handle Moving Away From Family


 

No matter your reason for moving away from family, it's going to take some time to adjust to the reality that your loved ones are no longer just a short drive away. Even when you're moving for an exciting reason--like a fantastic job opportunity--there are still going to be moments of sadness where you just miss your family. But there are ways to get through this feeling until it subsides--or until you're able to move back home, depending on your circumstances. So if you're struggling with feeling lonely the second your Dallas movers put the last piece of furniture down in your new home, check out some ways to cope.

Take Advantage of Technology

Gone are the days when you had to mail letters or postcards to your friends and family once you moved. You don't even have to pick up the phone and call these days--though you can if you feel like it! Now you can just text constantly or use one of the many messaging apps that make it easy to stay in touch with family from anywhere.

If you want to see your family's faces, you can use FaceTime or Skype to video chat. And if you're always on different schedules but still want to exchange some face time, you can try apps like Marco Polo to record a video that your loved ones can watch any time. And of course, there's always social media, which is perfect for sharing updates and images with everyone at once, no matter where you live now.

Make Plans You Can Look Forward To

Next time you're feeling bummed that you're not down the street from your family anymore, busy yourself with plans to visit them soon. Start figuring out the next dates you can get off work, and then look up flights for those days. Even if you can't set anything in stone for a while, it's always nice to have future plans to think about when you're missing someone.

You can also focus on trying to get your relatives to visit you at your new home. This is especially fun if they've never been to your city, or if you live in a popular destination. Ask when they think they can visit, and then get busy preparing your home to make it show-off ready! If you have a guest bedroom, spend time making it comfortable for when your family arrives. As a bonus, their visit can get you motivated to finish moving in to your new home fast. Hiring Dallas movers to help you unpack and rearrange furniture can even give you a head start!

Stay Busy

As much as you miss your family, it's important to try to stay positive about the move rather than sit and think about how much you wish you were back at your old home. One of the easiest ways to do this is to stay busy. For example, if you have a great job--especially if it's the reason you moved--try putting all your focus on that. Take the time you would have spent hanging out with family and friends back home and put it to good use by working more. This way, you can focus more on your work success and additional money than on how lonely you're feeling.

If you don't have a job that keeps you busy, it's time to find a hobby. Whether you take up a new sport or get really into art or music, you need something that will fill your time and keep you from sitting at home missing everyone. And maybe while you're working hard on your new hobby, you'll make new friends who will help you stop feeling so lonely!

Moving away from family is hard. You can make it a little easier on yourself by letting a Dallas moving company handle the practical details so you can spend more time saying goodbye to your family. Contact 3 Men Movers today to schedule a time for our Dallas movers to show up and help you relocate!


How to Make Friends in a New City


So your Austin movers just left and you're all moved into your new home in an unfamiliar city. Now what? Well, now it's time to make some new friends so you have someone to hang out with after work! But how do you even get started? After all, most of us probably made our childhood friends by talking to the kid who sat next to us in class, or by playing outside at the park with our neighbors from down the street. Maybe you're not in school anymore and you live in the typical neighborhood where adults aren't just playing at the park--hopefully!--which makes it pretty hard to organically meet new people. However, don't give up just yet. Follow these tips on making friends in a new city so you can say your Austin movers weren't the last adults you had a great conversation with.

Explore Your New Neighborhood

One of the simplest ways to make new friends is to get out of the house and check out the area. You can do this as soon as your Austin movers drop off the last box in your new home. After all, you'll need to grab dinner or coffee and then figure out where your new grocery store, bank, etc. are all located. Maybe you'll strike up a conversation with a cashier or fellow bar patron while you're out, possibly resulting in your first new friend.

If you have a dog to walk, this step is super easy. Just get outside every day, making sure to stick to the same trails or dog park to boost your chances of seeing the same people on a regular basis. Eventually you'll feel right at home in your new city, complete with new friends who are animal lovers like you!

Reconnect with Old Friends in Your New City

You might find you already know a few people in your city. After all, most people move around a few times during their life, and some of them might have found their way to the city you just moved to.

So as you get ready to you schedule your move with an Austin moving company, check with your networks--including your social networks!--to see if an old friend from high school or college may have moved to your new city. Most colleges have alumni networks where they watch games together and have events so you can make some new friends too. You should also ask your friends and family members if they know anyone who lives where you're moving. It's always nice to discover you have a friend from home in your new city.

Create a Consistent Schedule

It's easier to make friends when you see the same people over and over. That's why it was always so easy to make friends in school or during extracurricular activities when you were younger. So join an activity where you'll have to keep coming back at the same time and seeing the same people. This might include a workout class at the gym, volunteering with a local non-profit, or a church group that meets every week. Taking up a new hobby that has regular meetings or workshops is also a good idea.

Even work counts when it comes to this tip, because you probably see a lot of the same people at work every day, right? Maybe you've started to say hi to a few people every day as you pass them at your new job. Take it a step further and ask if they've heard about a social event you'll be at--such as a poetry slam at a coffeehouse, or a small concert at a nearby bar. If they're interested in the same event and want to get to know you, they might show up and you can talk! And if your new job hosts happy hour or other social outings, be sure to go whenever you can.

Now that you're armed with ways to make friends in your new city, you're ready to rock your move with the help of some Austin movers. Contact 3 Men Movers at our Austin office today to get on our schedule!