How to Move Safely During the Winter in Houston01/24/2018 While many features of our lives are hinge on the time of year, very often the huge developments like moving into a new home really do not take the weather into account. If your new house in Houston is ready for you in the during the winter months, 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 will not be dripping off of you during the move, it's also 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 Require Snow Shovels Rock Salt Plastic Sheeting or Tarps Kettle, Tea Bags, and Several Mugs Pitcher and Cups Preparing for Icey Sidewalks The first item to remember is that icy sidewalks, driveways, and streets are treacherous enough under standard conditions but become much more problematic when you're carrying cumbersome boxes or furniture and can't watch your step as attentively. If it is icy where you live, shovel the walkways as thoroughly as possible and salt the entire walk between your front door and the door of the moving truck. When you are done, put up your shovels and bag of salt in the trunk of your own vehicle or make sure they are packed last in the moving truck. This will ensure that you can clear driveways and sidewalks at your new home as well. Protecting Your Floors The second ice and snow related issue is actually inside of your home. When people are tromping through ice and snow to get into your house, that slush will remain on their shoes and can be tracked all over your clean floors or, 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 boots off your floors. Planning for Icy Roads in Houston The next thing to think about is the fact that the byways you'll be traveling on are likely to also be blanketed 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 deadline to get to your destination, you'll 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 all of your possessions unloaded in the elements. 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 issue on your original planned route. Landing Somewhere Warm After a arduous 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 your new home 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 before of the trucks or ask a local contact 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 cold is tough work with a combined risk of freezing, overheating, and getting dangerously dehydrated as your body loses moisture to the cold. After you get the heater fired 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 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 tough business, but something you can surely accomplish 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 and stays hydrated, you should be able to get all your possessions smoothly from one icy residence to another.