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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
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Snowed In? Clear Snow from Your Property the Safe Way

January 5, 2016 12:36 am

(Family Features)—Snow in the forecast? No matter how much snow is expected to accumulate, homeowners can make certain they’re prepared with an arsenal of tools that can be called upon when clearing snow from driveways, sidewalks and pathways around the home.

To clear snow from large, flat areas, such as the driveway, a snow blower is the best tool. To eliminate the need to restock gas supplies during a storm, consider using hybrid snow blower. When using the hybrid model, clear the areas furthest from your home first using the battery, and then switch to corded electric power as you move closer to your home. Clear a path as it snows, if possible, to avoid a larger job later on. Once snow has been removed, cover icy patches with salt or sand.

When it comes to clearing sidewalks and pathways, put down ice melt a few hours ahead of lighter snowfall—this can melt snow up to 2 inches down and keep ice from forming. If a blizzard threatens your area, remove smaller amounts of snow from sidewalks and pathways several times, instead of waiting until the snow stops falling. This not only cuts strenuous activity, but also allows the sun to warm up the surface.

Remember that while removing snow, it’s important to dress warmly, paying attention to parts of the body that are vulnerable to frostbite, like fingers and toes. Dress in layers so that you can remove articles of clothing as your body heats up.

Bear in mind also that some municipalities require homeowners to keep sidewalks clear, so be sure to make contingency plans if you yourself will be unable to remove snow in a timely manner.

Source: Snow Joe

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How to Hire a Mover

January 5, 2016 12:36 am

Moving from one home to another is an arduous task; hiring a mover for the job may be even more challenging. But before you decide to forgo the services of a professional, consider the following:

• Do-it-yourself costs can add up quickly: truck rental, equipment rentals, boxes, tape, packing materials and fuel, to name a few. A professional mover will supply the means necessary to relocate you to your new home, without the added burden of the preceding expenses.

• Issues are few and far between with a professional mover. Those moving can avoid damage from a lack of packing skills, personal injury and truck or van accidents by hiring a qualified professional.

• Your possessions will be handled with the utmost care. Moving professionals packing and handling items use the latest technology and advancements in packing materials to transport your belongings safely.

If you’re still not convinced a professional mover is right for you, do some comparison shopping. Get at least three free written estimates, and ask questions if you don’t understand any provisions of the contract. Conducting this research may help ease the process of hiring—and the transition overall.

If you decide to hire a professional mover, look for the ProMover seal when sussing out candidates. This certification, backed by the American Moving & Storage Association, means the mover is fully licensed and insured, and meets high standards for safety and professionalism.

“Millions of Americans have a safe, successful move each year with a certified ProMover," says Scott Michael, president and CEO of the American Moving & Storage Association. “Hiring a professional mover is a smart decision that saves you time and effort while providing the best protection for your household goods. Just look for the easily recognizable ProMover seal, which stands for honest and ethical business practices.”

Source: American Moving & Storage Association

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