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How to Move Safely in the Winter

Getting ready to move to the Rockies? Congratulations! The area is beautiful, and the job market is promising. But moving out there in the winter can be a little challenging, especially if you’re not accustomed to snow.

Here’s how to handle your upcoming move.

Talk With Your Movers

If you hired movers based in the Rockies, they will know how to handle winter moves. But you should still ask a few questions to make sure everyone’s prepared for all kinds of winter weather:

  • How many days have they planned for your move? If a storm hits while the movers are driving, they may need an extra day to complete the move. If they’re overbooked, they may have to drop your things off in a storage space for you to deal with later. Look up how long it usually takes to move to your new home, and then ask your movers to schedule another day or so on top of that.
  • What are your insurance options? Even the most experienced drivers can get in accidents when the roads are covered with ice. So ask your moving company about the insurance they offer. Usually, you can get a policy that pays you by the weight of the items. If you have home insurance or renter’s insurance, call your insurance provider and see how they cover moves.
  • What safety precautions do you take? You may feel nosy asking this question, but you’re trusting all your possessions to this company! Ask about chains, snow tires, driver qualifications, and vehicle inspections. You can never be too sure that your belongings are safe.

If You’re Driving . . .

Now that you’ve prepared the movers, it’s time to make sure you get to your new home safely. If you plan to brave the winter and drive, get your care ready for the trip. Here’s how:

  • Get your car tuned up. Your mechanic should look over your car before you drive through Rocky Mountain winter. Pay special attention to your fluids and tire tread.
  • Check the weather. The week of your move, check the weather in each major city you’ll pass through on the move. If you notice a nasty storm, you can either find a different route or drive out early enough to beat it. In that case, appoint a close friend to oversee the packing and loading while you drive.
  • Stock your car. Storms can hit quickly in the Rockies. You need to be prepared to get stuck in your car. Pack emergency blankets, a toolkit, and an emergency kit. Also, make sure to pick up snow chains that fit your car’s tires.
  • Drive safe. Promise yourself to stay safe as you set out to your new home. If you ever feel uncomfortable about the weather you’re driving in, take the next exit and find a motel. Call your movers and ask if they can accommodate the delay. You may need to rent a storage area and live out of a hotel until the movers have time to complete your move, but any inconvenience is better than a devastating car accident.

If You’re Flying . . .

There’s no shame in avoiding a long car trip during the winter. You’ll just need to find a service to transport your car for you. You could hire an open-air car carrier or a professional driver to get your car across the country. Once again, check their company insurance as well as your car insurance to see what’s covered.

The only downside to flying is how expensive it can be. To save money on plane tickets, make sure your move doesn’t overlap with
any holiday weeks.

Now you’re ready to move to your new home. Call your movers today, and enjoy your new hometown!

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Boston, We Are With You

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<span style=”font-size: 20px;”>”When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.” </span>
<p style=”text-align: right;”><span style=”font-size: 20px;”>— Mister Rogers</span></p>

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Happy Valentine’s Day…

<span style=”font-size: 24px;”>…from Arrow Moving and Storage!</span>

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Arrow Remembers Martin Luther King Jr.

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Mayflower Helps Victims of Mover Fraud

<span style=”font-size: 16px;”>Mayflower is proud to help victims of mover fraud through the Move Rescue program. One of their stories was featured on Good Morning America. Take a look…</span>
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<span style=”font-size: 18px;”><a href=”http://gma.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/mover-busted-feds-customers-help-sting-121116688–abc-news-savings-and-investment.html”>Good Morning America – Mover Busted</a></span>
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ARROW WORLDWIDE RECOMMENDATION

<span style=”font-size: 18px;”>Arrow Worldwide recently received rave reviews from a customer with an international move. Jan B. states, </span> <br>
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<span style=”font-size: 18px;”>”Everything went off without a hitch and the container was delivered in good shape. Nothing was broken and the crew was awesome! Thanks again for a wonderful service. I will be recommending Arrow to anybody that needs a shipper.” </span> <br>
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<span style=”font-size: 18px;”>For delicate packing, excellent customer service and the best move you’ll ever have, contact Arrow!</span>

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Arrow Partners with Move for Hunger!

<p style=”text-align: left;”>Arrow Moving of Cheyenne, Wyoming had their first donation through <a title=”Move For Hunger” href=”moveforhunger.org/”>Move For Hunger</a>! Arrow donated 110 pounds of food to the <a title=”COMEA House” href=”http://www.comeashelter.org/”>COMEA House and Resource Center</a> which will provide 85 meals for those in need!</p>
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Add Home Energy Improvements to Your Move-In Checklist

There is much to consider when making a move to a new home – don’t forget saving money on utility bills. If you want to save money on your utility bills – consider tips in the EnergySavers guide from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Buy Newer, Energy Efficient Appliances

Moving a household often involves buying appliances, so make sure they are energy efficient. When you buy an appliance, make sure it has a yellow ENERGY STAR® to let you know it is energy efficient. The U.S. Department of Energy sets guidelines for energy efficiency, and the ENERGY STAR® label shows a passing grade. Appliances with the ENERGY STAR® label use 20-40+% less energy than comparable appliances that don’t have one. The same applies to big ticket items like water heaters, furnaces and air conditioning units.

Make Energy Home Improvements

To reduce drafts and loss of energy, you should also make sure you have adequate insulation throughout. Don’t let the cold/warm air escape from your home – upgrade to energy efficient double-pane glass windows. Some government agencies provide tax credits and rebates for improvements – go to www.energy.gov/savings for details.

Plenty of Budget-Friendly Options

If you don’t have the money for big-ticket items, there are smaller items you can buy than can save you money over time. Programmable thermostat – lets you turn down the heat or AC during parts of the day when you are not home. Energy Efficient light bulbs (CFL/LED bulbs) – they can use up to 75% less energy than traditional light bulbs. Household drafts caused by outside vents, wires and pipes can be stopped with inexpensive caulk or expansion foam.

You can experience many years of lower utility bills by making these one-time energy efficiency upgrades.

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Free Financial Planning!

<span style=”font-size: 18px;”><strong>During the month of October, professional financial planners are providing <em>free </em>advice at special Financial Planning Day events in multiple cities across the country. Learn more about budgeting; retirement planning; investing; paying off debts; and much more! Visit the following link to find out if a Financial Planning Day event is taking place in your city: </strong><a href=”http://www.financialplanningdays.org/” target=”_blank”>http://www.financialplanningdays.org/</a></span>
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