How to Move Safely During the Winter in Denver01/24/2018 While many aspects of our lives are based on the time of year, all too often the big developments like moving into a new home flatly don't take the weather into account. If your new house in Denver is ready for you in the during the winter, it's time to move whether it is the easiest time of year for the task or not. While the good news is that sweat will not be rolling off of you during the move, it is also important to take into account the special safety precautions required to help guarantee that you, your helpful friends and your professional movers are both safe and efficient in the wintery 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 dangerous enough under normal conditions but become a lot more risky when you're moving bulky boxes or furniture and cannot watch your feet as carefully. If it is icy where you dwell, shovel the walkways as comprehensively as possible and salt the entire walk in between your front door and the back of the moving truck. When you are done, pack 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 assure that you can clear driveways and sidewalks at your new home as well. Protecting Your Flooring The next 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 remain on their boots and will most likely be tracked all over your spotless floors or, even worse, soak yucky slush into your carpets. To save both the home you're 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 Denver The next consideration is the possibility that the roads you'll be taking are likely to also be coated 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 moving deadline, you will need to give yourself plenty of time to ensure that you have some extra days to both make the transit to your new home and get everything unloaded in the snow. 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 just in case 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 warm up in the new residence pretty swiftly. 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. Try to arrive ahead 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 frigid weather is arduous work with a combined risk of freezing, getting too warm, and getting dangerously dehydrated as your body loses moisture in the cold. After you get the heater turned on, 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 helping you. Then, 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 surely execute with a little forward organization 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 will be able to get all your stuff smoothly from one icy home to another.