How to Move Safely During the Winter in Oklahoma City

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While many features of our lives are hinge on the time of year, very often the huge changes like moving into a new house simply don't take the weather into consideration. If your new residence in Oklahoma City is ready for you in the during the winter, it's 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 rolling off of you amidst the move, it is also important to take into account the special safety precautions required to make sure 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

An important item to remember is that icy sidewalks, driveways, and streets are unstable enough under normal conditions but become a lot more risky when you're moving bulky boxes or furniture and cannot watch your step as carefully. If it's icy where you reside, shovel the walkways as completely 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 transportation or make sure they are packed last in the moving truck. This will ensure that you can clear driveways and walkways at your destination as well.

Protecting Your Flooring

The second ice and snow related issue is the floors inside your residence. When people are tromping through ice and snow to get into your house, that slush will stick on their footwear and will be tracked all over your nice floors or, even worse, soak dirty slush into the 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 Oklahoma City

The next thing to ponder is the fact that the streets you will be traveling on are most 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 manner of delays. This means that if you have a deadline to get to your destination, you will need to give yourself plenty of time to ensure that you have a few extra days to both make the transit to your new home and get all of your things unloaded in the elements.

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

Landing Somewhere Warm

After a long drive in the moving truck or your own car in a caravan with your moving trucks, you're going to want to thaw yourself in your new residence very promptly. 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. Attempt to arrive ahead of the moving trucks or ask a local contact to access the house and get it warming up ahead of 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, overheating, and getting dangerously dehydrated as your body loses moisture in the cold. After you get the heater fired up, you should 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 cups 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 catch a cold during the relocation.

Moving in the winter is tough business, but something you can surely handle with a little forward organization and consideration for everyone involved. By making sure all walkways have plenty of traction, the destination home is ready to be hospitable, and everyone drinks warm tea, you will be able to get all your things without issue from one icy house to another.