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January 24, 2018

How to Move Safely During the Winter in El Paso

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While many features of our lives are hinge on the time of year, all too often the big transitions like moving into a new home flatly don't take the weather into consideration. If your new home in El Paso is ready for you in the during the winter months, it is time to move whether it's 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 safeguards required to make sure that you, your helpful friends and your professional movers are both safe and efficient in the icy 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 troubling enough under standard conditions but become a lot more risky when you're carrying heavy boxes or furniture and cannot watch your feet as attentively. If it's icy where you dwell, shovel the walkways as wholly as possible and salt the entire walk between your front door and the back of the moving truck. When you're completed, 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 assure that you can clear driveways and walkways at your new house as well.

Protecting Your Floors

The next ice and snow related problem is the state of your floors. When people are walking through ice and snow to get into your house, that slush will remain on their boots and will be tracked all over your clean floors or, worse, soak dirty slush into your carpets. To save both the home you're leaving and the one you are moving into, use tarps and plastic sheeting to keep slush-covered footwear off your floors.

Planning for Icy Roads in El Paso

The following consideration is the fact that the byways you will be taking are likely to also be coated in ice and possibly people still traveling from the holidays. You should expect heavy traffic, accidents, backups, and all kinds of delays. This means that if you have a drop dead date for your move, you will need to leave early to guarantee that you have an extra few days to both make the trip and get everything unloaded in the ice.

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 in the event that there's a bad traffic or weather situation on your original 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 need to warm up in the new residence very quickly. 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 ahead of the moving trucks or ask a local contact to access the house and get it warming up prior to 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 turned on, 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 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 tired or catch a cold during the relocation.

Moving in the winter is tough business, but something you can easily accomplish with a little forward planning and consideration for everyone involved. By making sure all walkways have plenty of traction, the destination home is heated up, and everyone drinks warm tea, you should be able to get all your things smoothly from one icy home to another.

The Mickelson Family
The Mickelson Family
Best. Move. Ever!
Very pleased with the overall respect and care the men gave to my possessions. Even mailing me very quickly the only thing lost in transit. Would recommend to anyone needing a long distant move.
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