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January 24, 2018

How to Move Safely During the Winter in Atlanta

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While many features of our lives are hinge on the time of year, all too often the large changes like moving into a new home simply do not take the weather into consideration. If your new residence in Atlanta 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 dripping off of you in the thick of the move, it is very important to take into account the special safety preventative measures required to make sure that you, your helpful friends and your professional movers are both safe and efficient in the blustery conditions.

What You'll 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 treacherous enough under everyday conditions but become much more problematic when you are lugging around cumbersome boxes or furniture and can't watch your step as deliberately. If it's icy where you reside, shovel the walkways as completely as possible and salt the whole walk betwixt your front door and the door of the moving truck. When you're done, put up your shovels and bag of salt in the trunk of your own car or make sure they are packed last in the moving truck. This will ensure that you can clear driveways and sidewalks at your new house as well.

Protecting Your Floors

The second ice and snow related problem is the floors inside your residence. When people are tromping through ice or snow to get into your home, that slush will remain on their shoes and can be tracked all over your spotless floors or, even worse, soak yucky 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 ice-covered shoes off your flooring.

Planning for Icy Roads in Atlanta

The following thing to think about is the fact that the roads 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 deadline to get to your destination, you will want to give yourself plenty of time to guarantee that you have a few extra days to both make the transit to your new home and get everything 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 in the event that there's a bad traffic or weather issue on your primary 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're going to need to thaw yourself in the new house very fast. 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 trucks or ask a local contact to access the house and get it warming up ahead of the convoy arrives and the unpacking starts.

Take Care of Yourself and Your Movers

Moving in the cold is hard work with a combined risk of getting too cold, getting too warm, and getting dangerously dehydrated as your body loses moisture to 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 cups or a thermos around for the movers and any friends who are helping you. This way, everyone stays energetic and unlikely to get too tired or catch a cold during the relocation.

Moving in the winter is difficult business, but something you can surely accomplish with a little forward organization and consideration for everyone involved. By making sure all walkways are clear, the destination home is ready to be hospitable, and everyone drinks warm tea, you will be able to get all your possessions without issue 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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