While many elements of our lives are established on the time of year, all too often the huge transitions like moving into a new residence simply do not take the weather into consideration. If your new house in Tulsa is ready for you in the middle of winter, it is time to move whether it is the simplest time of year for the chore or not. While the good news is that sweat won't be dripping off of you during 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 wintery 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
A vital thing to remember is that icy sidewalks, driveways, and streets are hazardous enough under everyday conditions but become much more problematic when you are carrying cumbersome boxes or furniture and can't watch your feet as deliberately. If it's icy where you reside, shovel the walkways as completely as possible and salt the entire walk in between your front door and the portal of the moving truck. When you are finished, pack up your shovels and bag of salt in the trunk of your own car or make sure they are packed last in the truck. This will ensure that you can clear driveways and sidewalks at your destination as well.
Protecting Your Flooring
The second ice and snow related problem is the state of your floors. When people are walking through ice or snow to get into your residence, that slush will stay on their footwear and will be tracked all over your clean floors or, even 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 snow-covered boots off your flooring.
Planning for Icy Roads in Tulsa
The next consideration is the possibility that the byways you will be driving on are likely to also be covered in ice and maybe even people still traveling from the holidays. You should expect heavy traffic, accidents, backups, and all types of delays. This means that if you have a deadline to get to your destination, you will want to leave early to guarantee that you have an extra few days to both make the transit to your new home and get all of your possessions unloaded in the ice.
For efficiency and safety's sake, you may also want two or three alternate routes or have an app ready to help you plan detours if there's a bad traffic or weather problem on your primary planned route.
Landing Somewhere Warm
After a lengthy 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 the new residence pretty fast. 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 applicable, turned on at the new place. You should arrive before of the trucks or see if a local contact can access the house and get it warming up before the convoy arrives and the unpacking starts.
Take Care of Yourself and Your Movers
Moving in the cold 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 fired up, you should 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 cups or a thermos around for the movers and any friends who are there helping. Then, everyone is energetic and unlikely to get too exhausted or get a cold during the move.
Moving in the winter is difficult business, but something you can definitely 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 things smoothly from one icy house to another.