While many features of our lives are based on the time of year, very often the large changes like moving into a new house simply do not take the weather into consideration. If your new house in Dallas is ready for you in the during the winter, it's time to move whether it's the easiest 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's very important to think about the special safety preventative measures needed to help guarantee that you, your helpful friends and your professional movers are both safe and efficient in the icy conditions.
What You Will Need
- Snow Shovels
- Rock Salt
- Plastic Sheeting or Tarps
- Kettle, Tea Bags, and Several Mugs
- Pitcher and Cups
Dealing with Icey Sidewalks
The first item to remember is that icy sidewalks, driveways, and streets are hazardous enough under standard conditions but become much more risky when you are lugging around heavy boxes or furniture and can't watch your feet as attentively. If it is icy where you reside, shovel the walkways as comprehensively as possible and salt the entire walk in between your front door and the door of the moving truck. When you're done, pack 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 ensure that you can clear driveways and sidewalks at your destination as well.
Protecting Your Floors
The second ice and snow related problem is actually inside of your home. When people are walking through ice and snow to get into your house, that slush will stay on their boots and will most likely be tracked all over your spotless floors or, worse, soak filthy 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 footwear off your flooring.
Planning for Icy Roads in Dallas
The next consideration is the fact that the streets you'll be driving on are most likely to also be blanketed in ice and possibly people still traveling from the holidays. You should plan for heavy traffic, accidents, backups, and all types of delays. This means that if you have a drop dead date for your move, you will need to give yourself plenty of time to ensure that you have an extra few days to both make the transit to your new home and get everything 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 in the event that there is a bad traffic or weather situation on your primary planned route.
Landing Somewhere Warm
After a grueling drive in the moving truck or your own automobile in a caravan with your moving trucks, you are going to want to warm yourself in your new home very promptly. 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. You should arrive ahead of the moving trucks or see if a local contact can access the house and get it warming up ahead of the convoy shows up and the unpacking starts.
Take Care of Yourself and Your Movers
Moving in the winter is arduous work with a combined risk of getting too cold, overheating, and getting dangerously dehydrated as your body loses moisture to 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 there helping. This way, everyone stays 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 easily handle with a little forward organization and consideration for everyone involved. By making sure all walkways have plenty of traction, 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 residence to another.