How to Move Safely During the Winter in Dallas01/24/2018 While many elements of our lives are hinge on the time of year, all too often the big changes like moving into a new home simply do not take the weather into regard. If your new residence in Dallas is ready for you in the during the winter months, it is time to move whether it is the smoothest time of year for the chore or not. While the good news is that sweat will not be pouring down your face in the thick of the move, it is 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 blustery conditions. What You'll 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 troubling enough under standard conditions but become a lot more risky when you are carrying cumbersome boxes or furniture and cannot watch your step as carefully. If it's icy where you dwell, shovel the walkways as thoroughly as possible and salt the entire 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 car or make sure they are packed last in the truck. This will guarantee that you can clear driveways and walkways at your new home as well. Protecting Your Floors Another ice and snow related issue is the state of your floors. When people are walking through ice and snow to get into your home, that slush will stay on their footwear and will be tracked all over your spotless floors or, worse, soak dirty slush into your carpets. To protect both the home you are 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 Dallas The next consideration is the possibility that the roads you'll be taking are likely to also be coated in ice and possibly people still traveling from the holidays. Expect heavy traffic, accidents, backups, and all manner of delays. This means that if you have a moving deadline, you'll want to leave early to ensure that you have an extra few 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 situation on your primary planned route. Landing Somewhere Warm After a grueling drive in the moving truck or your own vehicle in a caravan with your moving trucks, you're going to want to thaw yourself in the new residence 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. Attempt to arrive ahead of the trucks or ask a local contact 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 frigid weather is hard work with a combined risk of freezing, 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 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 surely accomplish with a little forward organization 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 will be able to get all your possessions without issue from one icy house to another.