Coming in On the Storm--Moving to Atlanta in Bad Weather
By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
First, a note concerning hurricanes. A hurricane is a massive storm, with robust winds as well as lightning possibilities. At the moment, you will find several churnings through the waters in the southern United States that vary from minor annoyances to cataclysmic and will impact a good amount of the country. In case your move is booked for a time or location that coincides with the chance of a tropical storm or hurricane, postpone it. A professional moving company is not going to chance their employees and equipment, but if you're the do-it-yourself kind merely reschedule. Forecasting nowadays is innovative enough that you're cognizant of approaching storms weeks out, so schedule accordingly.
Here is how to deal with your move to Atlanta in the course of bad winter weather factors.
Prepare Your Residences
To begin with, be sure that your houses are prepared. The electricity and water ought to be on at your new home, so you can get yourself prepared for the move-in in case your new house is inside the path of the weather. Request your real estate professional to confirm that there's a water faucet on somewhere to prevent the pipes from freezing, and that the temperature is set to a minimum of 55 degrees--no one wants to arrive home to a broken pipe. If you're moving long distance, hire someone to clear the driveway and also salt the walkways so you can get inside the home without issue. For a local area move in Atlanta, send a teenager or your usual snow removal contact over to carry out the shoveling immediately after your old property is finished.
Cover the entry with old blankets or bath towels to keep the slipperiness of tile or wooden floors to a minimum in addition to minimize dirt, salt, and snow tracking inside your home.
Professional movers in Atlanta know how to pack and prep your possessions to make sure they are not destroyed in awful weather. You should expect to see plenty of moving pads and shrink wrap. Quite a few delicate things--art, china, or electronics--are sensitive to temperature, therefore if you've packed these items yourself talk to the movers to verify that those things are properly insulated from the winter weather.
Request the movers to verify that there are not any leaky areas in the moving truck--it is a small risk but one that everyone would like to circumvent.
It will be a challenging, and albeit, a difficult day if you are relocating the rain or snow. Get out your hiking gear--waterproof footwear, tarps, extra socks, ponchos, and rain jackets--or your snow stuff--ski pants, mittens, hats, and hand warmers--and have some dry garments on hand for the drive. It is important that you layer--as you start moving you may get hot and you do not want to get too hot.
Prepare Your Vehicles
Should you be driving to the new house, have your cars serviced prior to moving day. A full tank of gasoline is a given, but have your mechanic to check out the tires and beneath the hood prior to going. Of course, you have AAA, but don't assume you're going to be the sole vehicle in distress on that day.
Plan an additional route to your new residence--if secondary roads are the best option on a clear and dry day, the same is not going to automatically be true during a winter storm. Stay with main roadways--interstates as well as big highways--since you can be sure those will likely be cleared and salted regularly to circumvent ice accumulation.
Prepare to Stop
What is important to arrange for is the possibility that your move to Atlanta might cease midway-if conditions deteriorate until it is not safe to drive. Simply make lodging reservations for a night or two at home and also en route once you get the bad forecast (remember to incorporate your domestic pets); it's possible to cancel if you need to.
There are many obvious advantages of working with a professional moving company, but it's the intangibles that matter most. By using experienced professionals, they are able to guide your move to Atlanta through undesirable weather conditions with experience and care.
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