How to Move Safely During the Winter in El Paso

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While many elements of our lives are hinge on the time of year, all too often the large developments like moving into a new residence really don't take the weather into account. If your new home in El Paso is ready for you in the middle of winter, it's time to move whether it is the smoothest time of year for the chore or not. While the good news is that sweat won't be pouring down your face during the move, it's very important to consider the special safety safeguards needed to ensure that you, your helpful friends and your professional movers are both safe and efficient in the blustery conditions.

What You Will Need

  • Snow Shovels
  • Rock Salt
  • Plastic Sheeting or Tarps
  • Kettle, Tea Bags, and Several Mugs
  • Pitcher and Cups

Dealing with Icey Sidewalks

An important thing to remember is that icy sidewalks, driveways, and streets are troubling enough under everyday conditions but become much more risky when you are lugging around heavy boxes or furniture and can't watch your step as attentively. If it is icy where you dwell, shovel the walkways as completely as possible and salt the complete 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 transportation or make sure they are packed last in the 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 the floors inside your residence. When people are tramping through ice and snow to get into your home, that slush will stay on their shoes and will most likely be tracked all over your nice floors or, worse, soak filthy slush into your carpets. To guard both the home you are leaving and the one you're moving into, use tarps and plastic sheeting to keep slush-covered shoes off your floors.

Planning for Icy Roads in El Paso

The next consideration is the possibility that the byways you'll be traveling on are likely to also be coated in ice and maybe even people still traveling from the holidays. Expect heavy traffic, accidents, backups, and all kinds of delays. This means that if you have a moving deadline, you'll want to leave early to assure that you have an extra few 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 plan alternate routes or have an app ready to help you plan detours if there is a bad traffic or weather issue on your first planned route.

Landing Somewhere Warm

After a lengthy drive in the moving truck or your own automobile in a caravan with your moving trucks, you are going to want to thaw yourself in your new home pretty 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. You should arrive ahead of the trucks or see if a local contact can 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 winter is difficult 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 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 cups or a thermos around for the movers and any friends who are helping you. This way, everyone remains energetic and unlikely to get too tired or get a cold during the process.

Moving in the winter is difficult business, but something you can definitely handle with a little forward thinking 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 warm tea, you should be able to get all your possessions safely from one icy home to another.