How to Move Safely During the Winter in Tulsa01/24/2018 While many features of our lives are hinge on the time of year, all too often the large changes like moving into a new home simply do not take the weather into regard. If your new house in Tulsa is ready for you in the during the winter months, it is time to move whether it's the smoothest time of year for the job or not. While the good news is that sweat will not be rolling off of you in the thick of the move, it is very important to take into account the special safety preventative measures required to make sure that you, your helpful friends and your professional movers are both safe and efficient in the blustery conditions. What You'll Require Snow Shovels Rock Salt Plastic Sheeting or Tarps Kettle, Tea Bags, and Several Mugs Pitcher and Cups Preparing for Icey Sidewalks An important thing to remember is that icy sidewalks, driveways, and streets are dangerous enough under everyday conditions but become much more problematic when you are lugging around cumbersome boxes or furniture and can't watch your step as deliberately. If it's icy where you reside, shovel the walkways as comprehensively as possible and salt the whole walk in between your front door and the portal of the moving truck. When you're done, 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 ensure that you can clear driveways and sidewalks at your new house as well. Protecting Your Floors The second ice and snow related problem is the floors inside your residence. When people are tromping through ice or snow to get into your home, that slush will remain on their boots and will be tracked all over your spotless floors or, even worse, soak dirty 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 ice-covered shoes off your flooring. Planning for Icy Roads in Tulsa The following thing to think about is the fact that the streets you'll be taking are 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 deadline to get to your destination, you'll want to give yourself plenty of time to assure that you have some extra days to both make the transit to your new home and get everything unloaded in the elements. 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 just in case there's a bad traffic or weather issue on your original planned route. Landing Somewhere Warm After a lengthy drive in the moving truck or your own automobile in a caravan with your moving trucks, you're going to need to thaw yourself in the new house very 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 ahead of the trucks or see if a local contact can access the house and get it warming up prior to the convoy arrives and begins unpacking. Take Care of Yourself and Your Movers Moving in the cold is hard 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, 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 move. Moving in the winter is difficult business, but something you can definitely accomplish with a little forward organization 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 possessions without issue from one icy home to another.