How to Move Safely During the Winter in San Antonio01/24/2018 While many features of our lives are based on the time of year, very often the huge changes like moving into a new house simply do not take the weather into consideration. If your new house in San Antonio is ready for you in the middle of winter, it's time to move whether it's the simplest time of year for the chore or not. While the good news is that sweat won't be rolling off of you during the move, it's very important to think about the special safety precautions needed to help guarantee that you, your helpful friends and your professional movers are both safe and efficient in the frigid 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 The first item to remember is that icy sidewalks, driveways, and streets are hazardous enough under standard conditions but become much more of an issue when you are lugging around heavy boxes or furniture and can't watch your feet as deliberately. If it is icy where you reside, shovel the walkways as comprehensively as possible and salt the entire walk in between your front door and the portal of the moving truck. When you're done, 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 ensure that you can clear driveways and sidewalks at your destination as well. Protecting Your Floors The second ice and snow related issue is the floors inside your residence. When people are walking through ice and snow to get into your house, that slush will stay on their shoes and will most likely be tracked all over your spotless floors or, worse, soak filthy slush into your carpets. To protect both the home you are leaving and the one you're moving into, use tarps and plastic sheeting to keep slush-covered footwear off your flooring. Planning for Icy Roads in San Antonio The next consideration is the fact that the roads you'll be taking are most likely to also be blanketed 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 give yourself plenty of time to ensure that you have an extra few 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 plan alternate routes or have an app ready to help you plan detours just in case there is a bad traffic or weather situation on your primary planned route. Landing Somewhere Warm After a long drive in the moving truck or your own vehicle in a caravan with your moving trucks, you are going to want to warm yourself in your new home very 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 the unpacking starts. Take Care of Yourself and Your Movers Moving in the winter is arduous work with a combined risk of getting too cold, overheating, and getting dangerously dehydrated as your body loses moisture to 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 there helping. This way, everyone stays energetic and unlikely to get too exhausted or get a cold during the relocation. Moving in the winter is tough business, but something you can easily handle with a little forward organization and consideration for everyone involved. By making sure all walkways have plenty of traction, the destination home is warm, and everyone drinks and stays hydrated, you should be able to get all your stuff without issue from one icy house to another.