How to Move Safely During the Winter in Tulsa

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While many features of our lives are established on the time of year, very often the huge transitions like moving into a new home flatly do not take the weather into consideration. If your new residence in Tulsa is ready for you in the during the winter months, it's time to move whether it is the easiest time of year for the job or not. While the good news is that sweat will not be pouring down your face during the move, it is definitely important to consider the special safety precautions required to ensure that you, your helpful friends and your professional movers are both safe and efficient in the frigid conditions.

What You Will Require

  • 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 unstable enough under normal conditions but become much more problematic when you're lugging around cumbersome boxes or furniture and can't watch your step as attentively. If it's icy where you live, shovel the walkways as perfectly as possible and salt the entire walk between your front door and the back of the moving truck. When you're finished, 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 walkways at your new house as well.

Protecting Your Floors

The next 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 stick on their shoes and can be tracked all over your spotless floors or, even worse, soak dirty slush into your carpets. To guard both the home you're leaving and the one you're moving into, use tarps and plastic sheeting to keep snow-covered boots off your floors.

Planning for Icy Roads in Tulsa

The next thing to ponder is the possibility that the streets you'll be taking are likely to also be covered in ice and maybe even 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 moving deadline, you will want to leave early to assure that you have some extra days to both drive to your destination and get everything unloaded in the ice.

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

Landing Somewhere Warm

After a lengthy drive in the moving truck or your own car in a caravan with your moving trucks, you're going to need to warm yourself in your new residence pretty 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 relevant, turned on at the new place. Try to arrive before of the trucks or ask someone local to access the house and get it warming up ahead of the convoy shows up and starts unpacking.

Take Care of Yourself and Your Movers

Moving in the frigid weather is tough work with a combined risk of getting too cold, overheating, 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 mugs or a thermos around for the movers and any friends who are helping you. This way, 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 organization and consideration for everyone involved. By making sure all walkways have the snow and ice removed, the destination home is ready to be hospitable, and everyone drinks enough liquids, you should be able to get all your possessions without issue from one icy house to another.