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January 24, 2018

How to Move Safely During the Winter in Little Rock

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While many features of our lives are based on the time of year, very often the large developments like moving into a new house flatly don't take the weather into account. If your new home in Little Rock is ready for you in the middle of winter, it's time to move whether it's the smoothest time of year for the job or not. While the good news is that sweat will not be rolling off of you amidst the move, it's also important to take into account the special safety safeguards needed to ensure 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

Dealing with Icey Sidewalks

An important thing to remember is that icy sidewalks, driveways, and streets are unstable enough under standard conditions but become much more of an issue when you're carrying bulky boxes or furniture and can't watch your step as carefully. If it's icy where you live, shovel the walkways as completely as possible and salt the complete walk betwixt your front door and the door of the moving truck. When you're completed, 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 guarantee that you can clear driveways and walkways at your new house as well.

Protecting Your Flooring

Another ice and snow related problem is the state of your floors. When people are tromping through ice or snow to get into your residence, that slush will remain on their footwear and can be tracked all over your spotless floors or, worse, soak yucky slush into the carpets. To guard both the home you are leaving and the one you're moving into, use tarps and plastic sheeting to keep snow-covered shoes off your flooring.

Planning for Icy Roads in Little Rock

The next thing to ponder is the possibility that the streets you'll be traveling on are 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 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 drive to your destination and get all of your possessions unloaded in the ice.

For efficiency and safety's sake, you may also want to plan 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 original planned route.

Landing Somewhere Warm

After a lengthy drive in the moving truck or your own vehicle in a caravan with your moving trucks, you are going to need 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 are not ready yet. Make sure to have water, electricity, and gas, if relevant, turned on at the new place. Attempt to arrive ahead of the moving trucks or ask a local contact to access the house and get it warming up before the convoy shows up and starts unpacking.

Take Care of Yourself and Your Movers

Moving in the frigid weather is hard 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’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 lending a hand. This way, everyone remains energetic and unlikely to get too tired or get a cold during the relocation.

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 are clear, the destination home is heated up, and everyone drinks and stays hydrated, you should be able to get all your possessions safely from one icy house 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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