Flood Insurance Advice That Will Protect Your Dream Home


Wondering how flood insurance actually works, what it covers, and what it costs? Perhaps you’re not even convinced that you need it.

Hurricane season is nothing to laugh at in Texas. So, flood insurance should at least be on your radar if you don’t already have it. 

To get the real deal on how flood insurance can help safeguard your precious property, we sat down with Ken Robinson, who services all of Texas as CEO of MAKZ Insurance.

Ken drops some excellent and little-known insights for everyone: no matter if you’re a brand new homeowner, a renter, or if you’re simply considering flood insurance for the first time.

 

How do Insurance Companies Define a Flood Event?

In very elementary terms: insurance policies shell out money when bad things happen

Obviously, those horrible events must have definitions so they know when to pay. If this event doesn’t fit the definition, then your property is not covered under that specific policy. 

Flood insurance isn’t any different.

According to Ken, companies define a flood as whenever water comes from outside of your home, into your home. 

So if that happens to you AND you have flood insurance, you’re much better off. Your damaged home is generally covered.  

 

Do I Really Need Flood Insurance?

“I recommend definitely everyone should get flood insurance. I know there are a lot of rumors… that every part of Houston is not a flood zone…As long as you’re living in the city, you should definitely have flood insurance. At any time, it just takes one heavy rainstorm, and you’re flooded.”

—Ken Robinson

To understand why flood insurance is beneficial—especially in a Gulf state or coastal city—let’s backtrack to what home insurance does and does not cover. 

Standard homeowner’s insurance policies cover 3 key things:

  • The building structure
  • Liability (if someone gets hurt/injured on your property)

Your personal property is covered if you have an endorsement (And, you should absolutely inventory your things… it’s easy to do when you move)

To be clear: flooding is not covered under homeowner’s insurance!

 

What Flood Insurance Does And Does Not Cover

“You must have flood insurance in order to get coverage. Your homeowner’s policy does not cover flood insurance at all.”

—Ken Robinson

Flood insurance is different from homeowner’s insurance since it covers: 

  1. More than a standard homeowner’s insurance or renters policy
  2. Building structure if it’s damaged by water from outside your home
  3. *Optional add-on: Personal property (clothes, electronics, appliances, etc.)

 

While it’s optional, Ken recommends that everyone gets the personal property add-on in case of a flood, and ask questions about the type of coverage you’re getting.

There are two ways that insurance companies pay out on personal property claims:

  • Some calculate value using replacement cost (the cost of replacing your items at the same price/with the same materials). 
  • Other companies use actual cash value to reimburse your damaged property.

The value of things like shoes and clothing will be harder to verify—since regular wear and tear diminishes them over the years. 

Ken recommends making an inventory of your belongings right away in order to have proof in case they are damaged. 

A perfect time to do a home inventory is if you’re moving! Try:

  • Filming a video journal 
  • Taking pictures and scanning receipts with a phone app
  • Making an online spreadsheet or notebook as you shop 

If you want coverage for items that are damaged by water coming into your residence from outside, you absolutely must have flood insurance. Preferably, with a personal property add-on. 

Don’t have it? 

You’re on the hook for your own repairs and item replacements. 

 

What Are My Options for Flood Insurance?

“I recommend that everyone get a private flood program quote and a National Flood Program [NFIP] quote.”

—Ken Robinson

There are two main ways to get flood insurance and they’re all quoted annually:

  • FEMA National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)– a standard policy where holders pay the same rate statewide as determined by FEMA
  • Private flood insurance programs- policy is based off a private insurer’s systems; lenders must approve these programs, but pricing is becoming competitive

Note for homeowners: Consult your mortgage company first, as some lenders don’t accept flood insurance policies from private companies. If you own your home outright, it’s your decision.

 

What Are the Waiting Periods for Flood Insurance?

Here in the Gulf, hurricane season arrives in late spring or early summer like clockwork.

So, if you live in any of the Gulf states prone to hurricanes or flooding, get your flood insurance a month before then.

For areas at risk during inclement weather, it’s crucial not to procrastinate about getting a flood policy if you want to be covered soon.

For NFIP policies:

There is a 30-day waiting period before flood policies kick in. Any flooding that happens within this time will not be covered by your flood insurance or homeowner’s insurance. The only exception? If you’re moving into a newly-purchased home. (This is to avoid having to pay out too many claims at once, which would put the insurers themselves in dire financial straits). 

For private insurance policies:

Ken acknowledges there’s a lot more flexibility with private flood insurers. Although you’re limited to getting the mortgage company’s approval on a private flood policy, the waiting period is drastically different. It takes anywhere from 15-, 10-, or even 0-day waiting periods for your property to get flood coverage with a private company.  

 

How Much Does Flood Insurance Cost Per Year?

You really can’t put a price on knowing you’ll be taken care of if your property gets flooded… Generally speaking, flood insurance costs will vary based on different factors, like:

  1. Location of your home
  2. Cost and size of your home (this determines how much coverage you need)
  3.  Replacement cost of your home (should be at least equal to your home’s appraisal value)

Through the NFIP, this policy is paid out first. The maximum coverage limit is $250,000, regardless of the cost of your home.

For example, if your home costs $500,000, your NFIP flood policy only covers half in case of a flood (possibly less if your home’s appraisal value has increased).  In this case, Ken recommends getting an excess policy for flooding to cover the additional $250,000 the home is worth. 

 

Do I Need It If I Live in a Condo or Rent an Apartment?

“Be it renting or owning, you want to have some type of insurance in place. Even in the instance of renting, you still need to make sure your personal property is covered.”

—Ken Robinson

Do you even need flood insurance if you’re renting? Ken says yes. 

See that 3-point list of what homeowner’s insurance covers? The same thing applies if you get a renter’s policy (for renting houses or apartments) or a condominium policy (for owning a condo). Again, you’ll need a flood insurance policy to get any coverage for water that comes into your residence from outside and causes damages. 

The chances of experiencing flood damage from anything higher than the first floor are quite slim. Therefore, Ken recommends that residents who live on first-floor units get insurance against floods. 

 

How Do I Know If I’m Buying or Renting In a Flood Zone?

“When you’re speaking with your realtor, that realtor should have that information. There are sites online where you can enter your information to determine if you’re in a flood zone.”

—Ken Robinson

Like many Texas-based insurers, Ken prefers to use the terms high-risk and low-risk when referring to flood zones.

Due to the state’s position near a coast known for hurricanes and sudden, heavy rainfall, he firmly believes the entire cities could be endangered by unexpected floods at any time.

For Renters: 

If you’re about to move, it’s important to ask your realtor or leasing agent about this first. 

Some questions to ask include:

  1. Is this property in a flood zone?
  2. Do you know if it’s in an A-, E-, or X-zone?
  3. Has this property experienced flooding before?
  4. Do you have proof of a flood zone certificate?

Remember, if you’re renting in a first-floor unit in a higher-risk area (even if it’s never flooded before), you’ll likely want to consider flood insurance.

For Homeowners:

Mortgage companies require that you insure high-risk properties in certain zones with a flood policy before they greenlight your loan. 

If the property is in a known or risky area for flooding, then the mortgage company will definitely know. You don’t really need to investigate further, in this case. 

Here’s a simplified way to remember how mortgage companies judge the flood risk of a home:

  • A or B or E zone = higher-risk 
  • X zone = lower-risk 

If your mortgage company says your house is in a flood zone, here’s what happens:

  1. Mortgage company will send a surveyor to inspect the property
  2. Surveyor will provide a flood certificate
  3. The flood certificate will include the designated risk level 

How to Check If You’re In a Flood Zone

Flood zones can come and go, (or get worse).  

When remapping of flood zones occurs, mortgages make sure you’re notified if your property is identified as having a newly changed risk for flooding.

You should receive a letter in the mail informing you if you’re in a higher-risk flood zone. This will also tell you if you’re required to get insurance.

To check an address by yourself, click over to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration website below.  

Are You Living in a Flood Zone? Enter Your Address to Find Out.

If the tool above shows that you’re in a high-risk flood zone, Ken recommends that you get a flood insurance policy as soon as possible.

 

Why New & Current Homeowners Need To Check Flood Risk

“Unfortunately, with the last couple of floods that have happened over the last five years or so, some areas that were initially not in high-risk zones are now in those zones. When those homeowners bought those properties, they were in low-risk zones, but now they’re not. And in some areas that were in high-risk zones, I’ve been seeing some areas that have fallen into low-risk [zones]. So those areas have actually gotten credited for not flooding.”

—Ken Robinson

It’s completely legal to sell property in a flood zone. 

You can also build a home in a flood zone (although it might not be the wisest decision in a higher risk location).

As Ken points out, flood zones and their risk levels can change in as little as five years!

That’s why it’s crucial to verify the flood risk for wherever you live. 

Do it for the sake of either protecting your home and belongings, or to possibly save money on your home insurance.

 

Can I Reduce or Remove Flood Insurance Requirements?

“Increase, yes: flood insurers always want you to have adequate amounts of coverage. Decrease? If there is a mortgage on it, no, they won’t allow you to do that because that loan is still being covered.”

—Ken Robinson

There is one caveat if you own your home (although Ken doesn’t recommend it since it exposes you to a huge risk). However, you have the right to decrease your level of flood insurance coverage if you feel it’s necessary. 

So, Will You Finally Get Flood Insurance?

Why are we covering topics like property insurance? It’s simple:

We want to make sure anyone who’s moving is happy and successful—even if our movers haven’t personally helped you. Your personal property should always be insured against damages or potential loss.

 


Here Are the Best & Worst Ways to Pack Ahead for a Move


Trying to pack for a move ahead of time can be overwhelming.

Depending on how many things you own, you may feel tempted to procrastinate. 

But, packing all your stuff definitely isn’t something you want to do the day before you move—especially if you don’t know what to do. 

If you’re wondering where to start read this guide for advice on right and wrong ways to pack before a move. You can also check out Episode 1 of our new video series, Master Your Move

As the first interview guest, Norma, one of our Moving Experts has a unique (and extremely useful) background in claims. She’s passionate about helping people simplify their moves and keep them claim-free by knowing what to expect and what to do. 

You guessed it—her insight is super valuable for helping you understand what and how to pack before your movers arrive.

After all, who wants to deal with replacing broken furniture or mishaps?

 

Packing Do’s: Best Ways to Properly Pack for a Move 

No matter how you plan on moving, if you’re not hiring packers, it’s a great idea to do some packing yourself. It’s equally important to pack correctly. This will reduce the chance that any accidents or injuries occur during your move. 

Here are the best tips for getting packing out of the way before move day—and doing it correctly so you don’t waste time or damage your items. 

Fold or Vaccum-Seal Clothes in Luggage

Movers will move practically anything (that’s not a liability or illegal). Yes, that means luggage and suitcases, too! Instead of fretting about what you’re going to do with your wardrobe, break out your travel gear and put clean clothes inside

This is extra important if you have any thin, beaded, fringed, expensive or delicate fabrics to protect on your move as a suitcase is much safer than a box. 

If you have a vacuum-sealer bag system, you can get even more clothing into your suitcase. Remember to remove any luggage tags or attachments that could get snagged during your move. 

Towels Will Perfectly Wrap Dishes for Moving

If you’re pondering how to move bowls and dishes, simply stacking them in a box is not a good idea. Newspapers can often be too thin to keep dishware from rattling in a box and chipping or breaking. Norma recommends wrapping dishes in bath towels and marking the box as much as possible: 

“Definitely mark the box as much as possible. Usually, the top and the side of the box are best to mark… Again, the movers are going to move very quickly. They’re used to [our] packers labeling the box all the way around, right. So they just look at it and see what’s fragile…It’s good to make it very legible: easy to read, quick to read.”

—Norma 

Color-Code Your Boxes & Number New Rooms 

Whether it’s a bright permanent marker, colorful tape, or your kid’s school paint, color-coding your boxes can speed up your move. Crews find it helpful to know where boxes go based on their color labels, which helps them move faster (example: red for fragile items, blue for baby toys, etc.) 

Take it a step up a notch to also write numbers on boxes based on the rooms you want them in at your new destination. Then, use a sticky note or wall-safe tape to mark the corresponding rooms with the matching box numbers.

How to Pack Plants for Moving

Legally, movers aren’t allowed to move any potted plants in the back of the truck.

“It’s under the Texas Department of Transportation Rules and Regulations,” Norma explains, “We do help customers move them, but we just put them into their vehicles so they can safely get them moved.”  

Are you planning on moving a plant? Invest in a good floor tarp for your backseat and click here to check out our how-to guide. 

Disassemble Lamps & Child Equipment

Lamps might not seem like a big deal until you’re paying movers by the hour and they have to stop and break them down. 

For more complicated items like lamps with removable parts, your move will go much faster if you break it down and wrap any pieces before movers arrive. 

Prepare Child and Pet Equipment 

Kiddie equipment is simply to move if it’s foldable, and disassembling child furniture before move day will make it easier for movers to stow it to the truck. 

However, there are some things no reputable, professional crew will move, (like cribs or playgrounds).

Items like these are too high-risk to disassemble and reassemble, mostly because they vary so widely in their manufacturing, parts, etc. Improperly reassembled cribs or play equipment can seriously injure children, so it’s not a good idea to let anyone but a representative for the child equipment company put these back together

Pet supplies—like kennels, doghouses, scratch posts, litterboxes, etc— should be clean and disassembled or folded if possible. The cleaning part is especially important, in case any moving crew members happen to be allergic to dander from certain pets. 

Clear a Walking Path For Your Movers

So you already packed and have everything ready to go except the larger stuff? Great! The last thing to do before your movers arrive to clear a path so they can get to work. Besides being a safety hazard, having boxes in the way won’t make your move as efficient.

Moving crews tend to load the heaviest items into their trucks first, so it’s essential for them to have access to these and to the exits. Transfer packed boxes off to the side or against the walls of a bare area. 

The clock is ticking! So if movers have to remove obstacles that are in the way of your larger furniture, it will take longer and cost more. 

 

Packing Don’ts: These Mistakes May Cost You Time, Money (or both)

Packing the wrong way can end up causing your move to move slower than average. Improper packing can also result in damages during the move that would be prevented with good planning, materials, or techniques. 

Keeping Boxes Open 

Having open boxes is a big no-no. Why? Movers are coming into your home to work quickly. 

If you haven’t reserved packing services (which would be done before movers arrive), it will take longer to seal and stack open boxes. Professional movers don’t stow open boxes in their trucks where items could fall out and get lost, become damaged, or cause damages. Movers also may think you’re not finished and will be storing these items in your personal vehicle, which can lead to issues with how they load the truck. 

Either way, having unsealed or open boxes lying around will only slow down your move.

Try to disassemble anything that is oddly shaped and won’t fit in a box. If you need help disassembling or wrapping an item, ask your movers!

Clothing-Cluttered Drawers 

This is a huge ‘don’t’, which many people, unfortunately, do a lot. Avoid leaving clothing or other items in drawers. Norma sums up the problem nicely:

“When the movers are tilting the dollies back and maneuvering this item, to where they have to turn it on its side. All the weight of it falls to the bottom or toward the tilt, and it causes a high risk for damages—not just to walls and the floors that we’re traveling through, but also to the actual items that are in the drawers. They could fall to the back, and depending on how delicate it is, it could break, jewelry could tangle and bust in the rails of the drawers… Clothing could tangle and damage as well.” 

—Norma

You might think it’s easier than taking them all out and putting them back later… but that’s only true if your clothes or furniture aren’t damaged in the moving process. 

Not Securing Jewelry or Fragile Items

At 3 Men Movers, our policy is that movers don’t touch things like jewelry which can easily be moved by a client. It’s very easy for jewelry to shift, tangle, or get damaged when moving, so it doesn’t belong in the back of a truck with other heavier items. 

So we recommend that you move jewelry on your own and as delicately as possible. 

Movers will certainly tote jewelry cabinets, though. Cabinets or chests should be emptied to avoid any damage to the jewelry inside. Make sure jewelry or watches are cleared out and put in a lined or wrapped box that has a hard outer shell. 

It’s important that jewelry is packed tightly but gently, and that box is sturdy enough to hold up if it gets banged around in your backseat or trunk from driving over a pothole or braking abruptly.

Using Shrinkwrap or Bubble Wrap For Everything

Shrinkwrap and bubble wrap might be fun to play with, but they’re important supplies for packing your items. 

Norma advises that shrinkwrap should be reserved for:

  1. Movers to tighten their grip on smooth items like furniture and appliances. 
  2. It’s also good for keeping items protected from dust that often builds up in storage.

Bubble wrap should be for ornaments, figurines, thin glass items, or anything prone to chipping, shattering, or breaking. 

Packing With Boxes That Are Cheap, Flimsy or Missing Lids

Packing materials that are harder for movers to work with will slow down your move. If you’re packing yourself, make sure you have the right type of boxes

Grocery store boxes might be fine for food, but they won’t stand up to the tough job of moving heavier items. Flimsy boxes shouldn’t be used for the big stuff! Most of the time, the items will end up falling out of the bottom when the box is lifted.

Your moving job will also take longer if movers have to wrap weak boxes or boxes without proper lids. 

Using Bags For Packing Instead of Boxes

Substituting bags for moving boxes will not protect your items when being transported. Putting pillows in bags is an exception, but anything that can go in a bag should go in a box

Bags also can’t be stacked like moving boxes. Stacking boxes properly is a best loading practice for movers, partly because it ensures items don’t bump or fall around in the back of a truck. 

Think your cool compartment bag is an easy fix to transport your wine bottles?

Let’s just say, you don’t want to bump over a pothole and find out what happens to that Pinot. 

Pack Ahead of Time for an Easy, Fast Move 

Packing before your move can save tons of time and headache, but only if you do it right! 

Follow these tips and you’ll have the smoothest move ever (not to mention your movers will adore you).

Why pack yourself when you can hire someone to do it for you? 

Our professional packers are skilled at not only packing and wrapping everything you need, they’ll even throw in free organizing at your new spot.  


Houston, We Have Storage. MOVITS Portable Storage in Our Climate Controlled Warehouse | San Antonio too


3 Men Movers shows you to the beauty of call to order storage in a video you will not be able to look away from. Some great drone footage of how a MOVITS portable storage unit comes to life! You call for storage, we deliver a MOVIT, fill it with your items, take it away that day to rest in our climate controlled warehouse.

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As dedicated moving experts, we realized that the portable storage options on the market were inefficient so we decided to change that! If you are looking for convenient portable storage, look no further! Our MOVITS portable storage units are the epitome of ease.

You no longer have to deal with your portable storage unit being dropped off in the middle of your lawn for days on end (or worse, blocking the entrance to your apartment building or condo) and then stress about finding the time to fill it up before your crew comes back to transport it to storage. We take care of transporting, loading, and bringing your portable storage unit back to our climate controlled warehouse same day! When you’re ready for your belongings, all you have to do is give us a call and we’ll bring your storage unit to your home and unload it, putting your belongings right where you want them!

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Packing tape | Tape for packing test | What tape is the best for packing? | 3 Men Movers


Editor’s Note: This content was originally published on on 10-20-17. We updated and republished it on 7-2-19 to make it even better and more informative!

You have your Houston movers booked, and you are super excited about your brand new place! Now all that is left to do is the dreaded packing. Nobody loves packing, but it gets even worse when you don’t have the best packing supplies to make the process go smoother. You might have never considered this before, but did you know the type of tape you use makes a difference?

Packing tape should not be difficult. Find out what tape stands up to the test and comes out as true champion! Not all tape is created equal and you can clearly see what in this video! This video will also help you learn how to properly tape a box for moving!

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So What Tape Is Best For Packing?

Paper tape blows away the competition for the reasons below:

  • You can write on it with Sharpie, and the ink won’t smudge.
  • It rips easily so you won’t need scissors every time you finish taping a box.
  • It’s easy to find the end of the tape so you aren’t wasting precious time constantly searching for it.

Moving is already stressful enough–why compound it with additional, useless stress over packing? This Houston moving company knows what we are talking about because we have been in the business of moving people since 1985. Visit our website to find additional packing tips or if you decide you’d rather just bypass the packing altogether, you can hire our professional packers to do the job for you. Happy Packing!


Amy’s experience with 3 Men Movers Austin


Amy and her family recently moved to Austin, Texas. We had the pleasure of assisting her every step of the way! Check out this video to hear about how her Austin move with 3 Men Movers went. Thanks Amy!

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How was your move with 3 Men Movers Amy?

Moving is stressful no matter how you look at it but moving with 3 men movers it was a load off my mind because I knew we hired quality movers and they took care of everything from a to z. From wrapping everything, protecting everything, checking to make sure where we wanted our furniture before they set it up, put our beds together so we would have a place to sleep that first night it was top notch. I felt very taken care of. Pampered.

Did 3 Men Movers take care of your belongings?

They used ramps we have a couple of stairs going up to the front door and they used ramps and padded the threshold to protected that and they were very courteous professional people.

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Gita’s Moving Testimonial


Gita answers a few questions about her experiance with 3 Men Movers and even talks about her past moving experiences.

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How did you like your movers?

My movers were great. One thing I loved about the service is the fact that it’s very technology driven so I didn’t have to find myself calling and asking for a status I sent an email
in advance, I was sent an email to confirm, I was also sent a survey after
so I liked the whole like electronic experience of that of the move.

How did you like your packers?

Very efficient, very fast, very methodical about what they did. they came in and
assessed both times just what needed to get packed had a really good
understanding of the inventory that they need to get out of there their truck
and they knew the amount of boxes I would need. It was a very fast and efficient
move they didn’t have to go back and forth which was great from an efficiency
perspective.

How did you hear about us?

I see your trucks everywhere every day of the week on the road in
front of various professional and residences and apartment complexes
across the entire city so there’s it just wasn’t even a choice for me to look
at the other places.

What were your previous move experiences like?

My previous moving experiences were not so great I found that I had to contact my movers twice and thrice to understand status a couple weeks in advance a day in advance hours in advance which was a bit frustrating. They also didn’t come prepared, the
staff wasn’t versed on how many people crew should be there to either pack or
to do the move itself. Didn’t ask a lot of those questions in advance
kind of make the experience one where they were prepared to the outset. so I love the fact that three men movers did that for me.

They work hard,
They were professional.

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Peggy’s Story | Helping those effected by Hurricane Harvey | 30 Moves 30 Families


Peggy felt the devastation Hurricane Harvey brought to Houston. As a local from Pearland, she was not able to afford movers, but we told her not to worry. 3 Men Movers is giving 30 free moves to local Houstonians in financial distress and need. We are calling it our 30 Moves 30 Families program. Peggy more than qualified and we get to share her story. We are Texas Strong. We are Houston Strong.

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Forty-four years I’ve been here and I raised my kids here, so it’s real special.

Oh, I’ve lived here all my life so I’ve been through every hurricane that ever came to Houston. So I called my son Monday I said it’s coming up, it’s not stopping, so he came and we got all the furniture up that we could get up and save what we could save because my house is filled with my grandmother’s antiques and I don’t want to lose them.

The camaraderie has been beautiful because it’s showing the love for each other that we’re Pearland and we are Pearland proud and if you lived here you know we just love our little city.

A lady named Janelle brings us dinner every evening. It’s the Mormon Helping Hands and Samaritan’s Purse they’re gonna come and help gut it so we’ve gotta take all the sheet rock out like 4 foot down and put in the paneling they can’t do they’ve got to take all the paneling down.

What is it like five loads six loads and a pickup truck and a van that’s not gonna work and then two little girls five foot tall so then Tiffany found it on Facebook so she called in she said mom you gotta call in so I texted it and in 30 minutes you all called. I mean that is a blessing I mean an absolute godsend thank you thank you thank you It’s awesome thank you.

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The Lopez Story | How 3 Men Movers is Helping those effected by Hurricane Harvey


Hurricane Harvey hit Houston hard and left a lot of devastation. 3 Men Movers is giving 30 free moves to local Houstonians in financial distress and need. We are sharing the stories of families we have helped and the Lopez family is our first one we get to share. Houston is where we began and this is where our heart is. We are Texas Strong. We are Houston Strong.

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This has absolutely devastated our community.

As you can tell if you go up and down the street, it’s devastated everybody here. Up until Harvey, we hadn’t had any issues with anything here.

It’s flooded our homes so we’re trying to rebuild day by day and hopefully get back on track. The guy when he received my phone call was inquisitive as to why I was moving and he probably wondered if I was well he asked me if I’d been affected I told him I had been and he said you know he was gonna do everything possible to see what he could do to help me with the
whole thing.

You don’t tend to realize how much disaster water can cause and how fast it rises I can only tell you that if they tell you to leave, evacuate… they tell you to do things like that because you never know what could happen.

You guys moved me in 2004 when I moved into my house. My first experience then was amazing that’s why I figured I’d call you guys right back so you guys have been awesome. Thank you, guys. The amount of labor that these people put in. Breaks away.

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Moving with pets | Tips for moving with pets | Moving Tip 387


Andrew from operations explains the best way to move with your pets. Moving with a Cat or Dog can be stressful but 3 Men Movers is here to help make it easier. Here are our best tips and tricks when moving with your pets. You can also visit our tips page for a better understanding of moving with your furry loved ones!

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Hi, I’m Andrew and I’m here with moving tip number three hundred and eighty seven.

I am here to talk to you about moving with pets.

So moving with pets it definitely complicates your move and it’s important to know the first thing to do when you’re planning on moving pets the first thing you want to do is make sure that your moving company and your movers are aware of your pet’s presence.

The next thing you want to do is try to secure your pet either behind a baby gate or possibly in the backyard but what we think the best option is to actually have your pet stay with a friend for the duration of your move so the movers can move in and out of the House that worrying about your pet getting out.

If you have no other option:

Maybe it’s a last minute move and you really need for your movers to do the move with your pet inside of your apartment or home.

Just know that if they do have to keep the door closed and open and close it every time they’re moving something either from inside the House to the truck or from the truck into the new location it is going to add to the cost and to the time frame of the move.

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How Long Does Moving Take? Understanding how long moving takes and tips on how to make your move go smooth and fast


Ever wonder how long moving will take? or How long professional movers take when moving? 3 Men Movers has the answers as well as some tips to make your move faster! Malcolm is our most experienced Moving Specialist and his kind voice is here to soothe any worries you have about moving. Stay tuned for more moving tips so your move day is as easy as possible!

Malcolm’s Moving Tip

Hi my names Malcolm and I’m going to give you moving tip number 12
We get this question all the time
It’s very important


How long should my move take?

Now, first of all, we learned a long time ago to never guesstimate how long any single move could take because all moves are different.

No two people ever move the same amount of things.
Now the Key is for you to be packed up and ready to go.

The more ready you are the faster and smoother loading up that truck up will go for you. And it takes a little bit longer to load the truck than to unload it because when we get there our guys go right to work disassembling furniture./
We are going to wrap it up and protect it for you with stress wrap plastic and quilted moving blankets and when we get to your new home we are going to reassemble your furniture and put it inside where you want it.
For some reason unloading usually is faster.
Now if you’re packed up and ready to go you’re going to get moved in a quick and efficient amount of time.
But there are no averages and if someone ever tells you how long a mover is going to take they are just guessing and all they’re doing is guessing and they over guess they don’t under guess. But our guys are really efficient we normally can do 2 jobs in a day, each crew.
And while we can’t tell you how long any single move will take because they all are different

If you are packed up and ready to go when we get there it should be a good smooth process for you.

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100 Stars! 3 Men Movers Customer Review Video


A beautiful display of why our customers love us so much! 100 to 3 Men Movers! This review reminds us why we do business and encourages us to strive for excellence! We want to be America most beloved moving company and these reviews give us that hope!

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Recently I moved and my family member highly recommended 3 Men Movers.
She had an excellent experience.

I hired Junior, and his team did an extremely good job.

First of all it was stress & worry free. I was quickly moved, they were all honest and all of them were very professional. I have moved a few times but never experienced movers that were knowledgeable and fully trained.

I was very impressed to see Junior and his team. I felt like they were my family members.

Norma in the office was very friendly, a good listener, professional, honest, caring, and excellent at customer service.

I highly recommend Junior and his team and give them 100 STARS.
also,
100 STARS to Norma
also,
100 STARS to 3 Men Movers!

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