While many features of our lives are hinge on the time of year, very often the large changes like moving into a new residence flatly don't take the weather into consideration. If your new residence in Colorado Springs is ready for you in the middle of winter, it is time to move whether it is the simplest time of year for the task or not. While the good news is that sweat won't be pouring down your face during the move, it's very important to take into account the special safety preventative measures required to help guarantee that you, your helpful friends and your professional movers are both safe and efficient in the frigid conditions.
What You Will Need
- Snow Shovels
- Rock Salt
- Plastic Sheeting or Tarps
- Kettle, Tea Bags, and Several Mugs
- Pitcher and Cups
Preparing for Icey Sidewalks
The first item to remember is that icy sidewalks, driveways, and streets are unstable enough under everyday conditions but become much more risky when you are lugging around bulky boxes or furniture and cannot watch your step as carefully. If it is icy where you reside, shovel the walkways as completely as possible and salt the whole walk in between your front door and the door of the moving truck. When you're finished, put up your shovels and bag of salt in the trunk of your own vehicle or make sure they are packed last in the truck. This will assure that you can clear driveways and walkways at your new home as well.
Protecting Your Floors
The second ice and snow related problem is the floors inside your residence. When people are tramping through ice and snow to get into your residence, that slush will stick on their footwear and can be tracked all over your spotless floors or, worse, soak filthy slush into the carpets. To protect both the home you're leaving and the one you are moving into, use tarps and plastic sheeting to keep snow-covered shoes off your flooring.
Planning for Icy Roads in Colorado Springs
The following thing to ponder is the possibility that the byways you will be driving on are most likely to also be blanketed in ice and maybe even people still traveling from the holidays. Expect heavy traffic, accidents, backups, and all types of delays. This means that if you have a moving deadline, you will need to leave early to ensure that you have an extra few days to both drive to your destination and get all of your possessions unloaded in the snow.
For efficiency and safety's sake, you may also want to find a couple alternate routes or have an app ready to help you plan detours just in case there is a bad traffic or weather issue on your first planned route.
Landing Somewhere Warm
After a arduous drive in the moving truck or your own car in a caravan with your moving trucks, you are going to need to warm up in your new house very fast. This means that any delays getting the house open and the heater own can be problematic, especially if the utilities aren't ready yet. Make sure to have water, electricity, and gas, if applicable, turned on at the new place. Try to arrive before of the trucks or ask a local contact to access the house and get it warming up before the convoy shows up and the unpacking starts.
Take Care of Yourself and Your Movers
Moving in the winter is tough work with a combined risk of getting too cold, getting too warm, and getting dangerously dehydrated as your body loses moisture to the cold. After you get the heater started up, you’ll want to make a big pot of hot tea or cocoa along with a pitcher of room-temperature (not freezing cold) water. Keep yourself hydrated and warm with cups of tea and pass mugs or a thermos around for the movers and any friends who are helping you. Then, everyone remains energetic and unlikely to get too tired or catch a cold during the relocation.
Moving in the winter is difficult business, but something you can surely execute with a little forward planning and consideration for everyone involved. By making sure all walkways are clear, the destination home is ready to be hospitable, and everyone drinks warm tea, you will be able to get all your stuff without issue from one icy house to another.