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January 24, 2018

How to Move Safely During the Winter in Denver

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While many features of our lives are established on the time of year, very often the huge changes like moving into a new home flatly don't take the weather into consideration. If your new home in Denver is ready for you in the middle of winter, it is 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 rolling off of you in the thick of the move, it is also important to think about the special safety precautions required to help guarantee that you, your helpful friends and your professional movers are both safe and efficient in the icy conditions.

What You'll Require

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

Dealing with Icey Sidewalks

The first thing to remember is that icy sidewalks, driveways, and streets are dangerous enough under normal conditions but become much more risky when you are lugging around heavy boxes or furniture and can't watch your step as deliberately. If it is icy where you dwell, shovel the walkways as perfectly as possible and salt the complete walk between your front door and the door of the moving truck. When you are 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 assure that you can clear driveways and walkways at your new home as well.

Protecting Your Flooring

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

Planning for Icy Roads in Denver

The following consideration is the fact that the streets you'll be taking are most likely to also be covered in ice and possibly people still traveling from the holidays. Expect heavy traffic, accidents, backups, and all kinds of delays. This means that if you have a drop dead date for your move, you'll want to leave early to guarantee that you have a few extra days to both drive to your destination and get all of your things unloaded in the ice.

For efficiency and safety's sake, you may also want two or three alternate routes or have an app ready to help you plan detours just in case 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 automobile in a caravan with your moving trucks, you are going to want to thaw yourself in your new house 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 applicable, turned on at the new place. You should arrive ahead of the moving trucks or see if a local contact can 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 difficult work with a combined risk of getting too cold, getting too warm, and getting dangerously dehydrated as your body loses moisture in the cold. After you get the heater started 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 mugs or a thermos around for the movers and any friends who are there helping. This way, everyone stays energetic and unlikely to get too tired or catch a cold during the move.

Moving in the winter is tricky business, but something you can easily execute 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 enough liquids, you should be able to get all your things without issue from one icy residence 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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