How to Move Safely During the Winter in Atlanta01/24/2018 While many elements of our lives are based on the time of year, all too often the big developments like moving into a new home simply do not take the weather into consideration. If your new home in Atlanta is ready for you in the during the winter months, it is time to move whether it's the simplest time of year for the task or not. While the good news is that sweat won't be rolling off of you amidst the move, it's also important to consider the special safety precautions required to ensure 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 A vital item to remember is that icy sidewalks, driveways, and streets are hazardous enough under everyday conditions but become much more risky when you're lugging around cumbersome boxes or furniture and can't watch your feet as carefully. If it is icy where you live, shovel the walkways as perfectly as possible and salt the whole walk betwixt your front door and the door 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 moving truck. This will ensure that you can clear driveways and sidewalks at your destination as well. Protecting Your Flooring The second ice and snow related issue is actually inside of your home. When people are walking through ice or snow to get into your residence, that slush will remain on their boots and will be tracked all over your spotless floors or, even worse, soak filthy 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 ice-covered footwear off your flooring. Planning for Icy Roads in Atlanta The following thing to think about is the possibility that the roads you'll be taking are most likely to also be covered in ice and possibly people still traveling from the holidays. You should expect heavy traffic, accidents, backups, and all manner of delays. This means that if you have a moving deadline, you will need to leave early to ensure that you have an extra few days to both make the trip and get all of your things unloaded in the snow. 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 if there's 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 thaw yourself in your new home very quickly. 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 see if a local contact can access the house and get it warming up prior to the convoy shows up and starts unpacking. Take Care of Yourself and Your Movers Moving in the frigid weather is difficult work with a combined risk of freezing, overheating, and getting dangerously dehydrated as your body loses moisture to the cold. After you get the heater fired up, you should 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 is energetic and unlikely to get too exhausted or catch a cold during the move. Moving in the winter is tricky business, but something you can surely accomplish with a little forward thinking 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 possessions smoothly from one icy residence to another.