Coming in On the Storm--Moving to Tulsa in Bad Weather
By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
First, a word about hurricanes. A hurricane can be described as massive storm, with strong wind gusts and lightning possibilities. Currently, you will find several churnings through the waters in the southern United States that range from minimal annoyances to cataclysmic and will impact a large area of the country. If your move is booked for a time or place that correlates with the chance of a tropical storm or hurricane, delay it. A professional moving company is not going to chance their crews and equipment, but if you're the do-it-yourself variety simply reschedule. Forecasting these days is advanced enough that you're tuned in to upcoming storms weeks out, so prepare accordingly.
Here is how to manage your move to Tulsa in the course of bad winter weather factors.
Prepare Your Houses
First, ensure that your residences are set. The power and water needs to be on at your new home, so you can get yourself all set for the move-in when your new house is within the route of the weather. Request your realtor to confirm that there is a water faucet on somewhere to keep the plumbing from freezing, and that the temperature is set to a minimum of 55 degrees--nobody needs to get home to find a broken pipe. If you're moving long distance, hire someone to clear the driveway as well as salt the walkways to get inside the house without issue. For a nearby move in Tulsa, send a teenager or your usual snow removal source over to carry out the shoveling after your old house is finished.
Cover the entry with old blankets or bath towels to keep the slipperiness of tile or wood floors to a minimum in addition to minimize dirt, salt, and snow tracking in your house.
Professional movers in Tulsa understand how to pack and prepare your belongings in order that they will not be damaged in poor weather. You are very likely to witness a great deal of moving pads and shrink wrap. Quite a few delicate things--art, china, or electronics--are sensitive to temperature, so if you have packed these things yourself ask the movers to confirm that those belongings are appropriately protected against the cold temperatures.
Check with the movers to confirm that there are zero dripping places in the moving van--it is a small risk but one that everybody wishes to avert.
It will likely be a challenging, and frankly, a unpleasant day should you be moving in the rain or snow. Find your hiking gear--waterproof footwear, tarps, extra socks, ponchos, and rain jackets--or your snow stuff--ski pants, mittens, hats, and hand warmers--and get some dry clothing on hand for the drive. It is vital that you layer--as you begin moving you will get hot and you do not want to overheat.
Prepare Your Automobiles
In case you are driving to the new house, get your vehicles serviced ahead of moving day. A whole tank of gasoline is a given, but get your auto mechanic to take a look at the tires and underneath the hood prior to leaving. Of course, you've got AAA, nevertheless do not assume you are going to be the sole driver in distress that particular day.
Plan an additional path to your new house--if secondary roadways are the perfect choice on a clear and dry day, the same is not going to always be true in a winter storm. Stick to major streets--interstates and primary highways--since you can rest assured those will be cleared and salted regularly to avoid ice accumulation.
Prepare to Stop
The most important thing to prepare for is the chance that your move to Tulsa may stop midway-if conditions degrade to the point it's not safe to drive. You should make lodging reservations for a night or 2 at home and en route the instant you receive the nasty forecast (don't forget to incorporate your domestic pets); it is easy to cancel if you need to.
There are numerous obvious advantages of working with a professional moving company, but it's the intangibles that matter most. When using skilled professionals, they are able to lead your move to Tulsa through poor weather with knowledge and care.
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