How to Move Safely During the Winter in Colorado Springs

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While many aspects of our lives are established on the time of year, very often the big developments like moving into a new home simply do not take the weather into account. If your new residence in Colorado Springs is ready for you in the middle of winter, it's time to move whether it's the simplest time of year for the task or not. While the good news is that sweat won't be rolling off of you in the thick of the move, it is definitely important to think about the special safety preventative measures needed to ensure that you, your helpful friends and your professional movers are both safe and efficient in the blustery 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

An important item to remember is that icy sidewalks, driveways, and streets are dangerous enough under normal conditions but become much more of an issue when you're lugging around heavy boxes or furniture and can't watch your feet as deliberately. If it's icy where you reside, shovel the walkways as comprehensively as possible and salt the complete walk betwixt your front door and the door of the moving truck. When you are completed, put up your shovels and bag of salt in the trunk of your own car or make sure they are packed last in the moving truck. This will assure that you can clear driveways and sidewalks at your new home as well.

Protecting Your Flooring

The second ice and snow related concern is actually inside of your home. When people are tramping through ice and snow to get into your house, that slush will stay on their shoes and can be tracked all over your clean floors or, worse, soak yucky slush into your carpets. To protect both the home you are leaving and the one you're moving into, use tarps and plastic sheeting to keep slush-covered boots off your flooring.

Planning for Icy Roads in Colorado Springs

The next thing to ponder is the fact that the byways you will be taking are likely to also be blanketed in ice and maybe even people still traveling from the holidays. You should plan for heavy traffic, accidents, backups, and all kinds of delays. This means that if you have a moving deadline, you'll want to leave early to assure that you have a few extra days to both make the trip and get all of your things unloaded in the snow.

For efficiency and safety's sake, you may also want to plan alternate routes or have an app ready to help you plan detours just in case there is a bad traffic or weather situation on your primary planned route.

Landing Somewhere Warm

After a arduous drive in the moving truck or your own vehicle in a caravan with your moving trucks, you are going to need to warm yourself in your new house very swiftly. This means that any delays getting the house open and the heater own can be problematic, especially if the utilities are not ready yet. Make sure to have water, electricity, and gas, if relevant, turned on at the new place. Try to arrive before of the moving trucks or ask someone local to access the house and get it warming up before the convoy shows up and begins unpacking.

Take Care of Yourself and Your Movers

Moving in the cold is arduous work with a combined risk of freezing, getting too warm, and getting dangerously dehydrated as your body loses moisture in the cold. After you get the heater turned on, consider making 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 cups or a thermos around for the movers and any friends who are helping you. This way, everyone stays energetic and unlikely to get too tired or catch a cold during the process.

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 have the snow and ice removed, the destination home is heated up, and everyone drinks and stays hydrated, you should be able to get all your things without issue from one icy home to another.