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Cold Weather Recommendations

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At Arrow Moving & Storage, we strive to provide the best service possible and cold weather conditions can be especially challenging. As professional movers we have learned from experience, and manufacturer procedures, that certain household items should be at room temperature before attempting to service. The ultimate goal is to prevent any loss that would be a result of premature servicing.

During cold weather we recommend next day service, allowing special items to reach room temperature. Below is a list of recommendations to consider. And, as always, Arrow Moving & Storage is here to help and answer any questions you may have. Please call us at (800) 593-6683, we are happy to help!

Washing machines – Water is drained from the pump at origin, however, the washer will always maintain some water in the mixer valve, pump, and internal hoses. Attempting to operate the washing machine while moisture is frozen can result in damage to internal components.

Grandfather clocks – Extreme cold temperatures cause oil in pivot points to gum up. Small components will contract and restrict operation of moving parts in the mechanism. The clock should be allowed to reach room temperature before setting the mechanism in beat.

Waterbed mattresses – Residual moisture will freeze inside the mattress during cold months. Attempting to handle a vinyl mattress before it reaches room temperature can cause cracking in the vinyl. The unit should remain in its box for at least 12-24 hours before handling.

Dryers – Igniters and elements can become brittle. Attempting to operate the dryer will cause a sudden temperature change and may damage internal parts.

Icemakers – Even when the system is serviced properly at origin (draining of solenoid valve) residual moisture in the solenoid valve and supply lines may be frozen. The icemaker system should reach room temperature to insure a complete and thorough system check after hook up.

Water softeners – Residual water in supply tanks may freeze during winter months. The units should be allowed to reach room temperature before installation.

Electrical equipment – All manufacturers warn extreme temperature changes can cause condensation in electrical equipment. Therefore, it is best to wait 24 hours before servicing any of these items. This includes the servicing of TVs, computers and stereo systems.

 

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Top Ten Ways to Prepare for a Smooth Move

moving companiesArrow Moving & Storage is a proud member of The American Moving & Storage Association. The AMSA compiled the list below to help consumers prepare for the smoothest move possible. We at Arrow Moving & Storage adhere to these guidelines and are here to help with each aspect of your move, from start to finish!  Arrow is a trusted moving company for customers in five locations: Cheyenne, WYColorado Springs, CO; Oklahoma City, OK; Salt Lake City, UT; and San Antonio, TX. Contact us today to schedule a free in-home moving quote! Toll free (800) 593-6683.

  1. Get three written in-home estimates. Be wary of phone or Internet estimates. Show the mover everything to be moved, including items in attics, basements, garages, storage areas, sheds, etc… Typically two of the estimates will be very close together in price, weight, and service. Select one of those two estimates. The other bid will be very high or low. Avoid that carrier.
  2. Obtain and read the three “pre-move” required documents from your carrier. These documents include: Your Rights and Responsibilities and Ready to Move brochures and information on the arbitration program in which the carrier participates. All of these documents are required for every interstate shipment.
  3. Avoid large down payments. Be wary of carriers seeking large down payments to hold dates or reserve service.
  4. Ask questions. If you do not understand something, ask. The moving business is complex and has its own language. If you aren’t satisfied with the answers to your questions or if the carrier hesitates when you ask for clarification, talk to another carrier.
  5. Plan an off-peak season move (when possible). June to September is the high season. If you can avoid moving during those months, you will likely receive better service. If you must move during the high season, move mid-month, mid-week, and avoid the end of the month.
  6. Be reachable by phone. Make sure the carrier is able to reach you by phone during your move. This can save time and storage costs if the driver is ready to deliver and you are ready to receive the shipment. Be sure to have the driver’s full name, id and truck number to allow for fast and easy communication.
  7. Take valuables with you. Valuables, such as cash, coins, jewelry, photographs, and important papers should be taken with you or sent ahead. Be sure to use a traceable service, such as FedEx and United Parcel Service.
  8. Segregate personal travel items. Items traveling with you, such as clothes and papers, should be put in one place or in the vehicle you are taking. Avoid having those items loaded on the truck and having to find them later.
  9. Try to relax. No matter how prepared you are things occasionally go wrong. Moving is one of the most stressful times in your life. Take a deep breath, be patient, and get a good night’s sleep before moving day.
  10. Use an AMSA ProMover. Make sure your mover is a member of the American Moving & Storage Association. Visit AMSA’s consumer website: moving.org and also visit the Department of Transportation’s web site: protectyourmove.gov/.
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Moving Tips and Video Gallery

<a title=”movers” href=”http://www.arrowmoving.net/”>Arrow Moving &amp; Storage</a> believes that <a title=”moving – organization is key” href=”http://www.arrowmoving.net/residential_movers.php”>organization is the key</a> to a successful move. <a title=”Arrow Packing Tips” href=”http://www.arrowmoving.net/packing_tips.php”>Packing</a> is a big part of <a title=”Arrow Checklist” href=”http://www.arrowmoving.net/moving_checklist.php”>planning your move</a>.

Pack as much or as little as you prefer. Arrow’s packers will do all or any part of the packing. Whatever you decide, Arrow’s movers want your part of the move process to go as smoothly as possible.

Click on Mayflower’s logo below for helpful and informative room by room moving and packing videos.

<a title=”movers moving companies” href=”http://www.mayflower.com/moving/moving-tips/mayflower-moving-tips-videos.htm” target=”_blank”><img class=”alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-733″ title=”Mayflower Videos” src=”http://blog.arrowmoving.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Mayflower_SM_c-150×38.jpg” alt=”Movers moving companies” width=”150″ height=”38″ /></a>These Mayflower <a title=”Arrow Packing Tips” href=”http://www.arrowmoving.net/packing_tips.php”>packing tips</a> will help. And, Arrow Moving has you covered if you need <a title=”Arrow Packing Tips” href=”http://www.arrowmoving.net/movers_tips.php” target=”_blank”>packing supplies</a>. Call Arrow Moving at (800) 593-6683 for more information and a free <a title=”Arrow Moving” href=”http://www.arrowmoving.net/”>moving quote</a>!

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Arrow Worldwide Movers Presents The B Street Project

<a href=”http://www.movewitharrow.com/”><img class=”alignright size-thumbnail wp-image-664″ title=”B ST PROJECT.TIM SMITH” src=”http://blog.arrowmoving.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/B-ST-PROJECT.TIM-SMITH-150×112.jpg” alt=”bicycle donation assembly” width=”150″ height=”112″ /></a>For the fifth consecutive year <a title=”AWW” href=”http://www.movewitharrow.com/” target=”_blank”>Arrow Worldwide</a> manager Virginia Casto, provided foster children in the Tacoma, WA area with bicycles. The project’s namesake, “The B Street Project”, is the street on which Virginia lives and where she obtains seed money with a summer garage sale. In addition, <a title=”Arrow Worldwide” href=”http://www.movewitharrow.com/” target=”_blank”>Arrow Worldwide</a> donates funds normally spent on corporate gifts and holiday cards. Thanks to Virginia’s persistence, along with hounding her friends and family, 16 children received new bikes from Santa in 2011!

The project started five years ago around Thanksgiving, when she read a local ad for $25 bikes. Neighbor Tim Wedrosky accompanied her to purchase a bicycle for a giving tree donation, he offered to buy two bicycles and through a connection with the state foster kids program the project was born.

Despite rising costs, over 100 bikes have been donated through the years. Neighbor Tim Smith, pictured, assembles the bikes; Virginia is not proficient with tools.

<a title=”AWW” href=”http://www.movewitharrow.com/” target=”_blank”><img class=”alignright  wp-image-673″ title=”international_moving_companies” src=”http://blog.arrowmoving.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/international_moving_companies-150×127.jpg” alt=”international movers” width=”122″ height=”106″ /></a>Her inspiration…. As a child Virginia never had a new bike. She believes every child deserves at least one bike. Virginia’s mother was an orphan and, as an adult, always sent a donation to her local orphanage. Therefore, foster children hold a special place in Virginia’s heart and she feels it is a small way to honor her mother’s memory.

At 55, Virginia finally got her own new bike. It is one of her favorite possessions.

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Customer Survey Comment:

<em>”Really nice people and very professional.”</em>

<em>- </em>J. Witle (San Antonio Location)

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It’s Wednesday…

<a href=”http://arrowmoving.net/residential-corporate-movers/2011/12/thursday-greetings/arrow-moving-124-2/” rel=”attachment wp-att-1770″><img class=”alignright size-full wp-image-1770″ title=”movers” src=”http://blog.arrowmoving.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/arrow-moving-124-2.jpg” alt=”moving companies” width=”124″ height=”46″ /></a>Have you been putting off your move because you don’t have answers? Call Arrow Moving and Storage today for a free <a title=”Moving quote from professional movers” href=”http://arrowmoving.net/” target=”_blank”>moving quote</a>! You might be surprised!

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