Moving homes is one of the most stressful and complicated life events we can experience.
Add a worldwide pandemic to the mix, and the stress and complication levels go off the chart.
If you are planning on moving during COVID, then you need to be even more prepared than normal. Luckily, our tips for moving during COVID-19 will give you all the information you need, to prepare for a safe, and easy move.
Moving During COVID
Although many of us are quarantined in our homes and are encouraged to only leave our homes for essential reasons, moving house can still be deemed as “essential.”
Before taking the first steps, ask yourself if it is essential for you to move right now. Staying put can help prevent the spread of Covid, so see if it is possible to reschedule your move for a later time. Perhaps when more information is available.
If your moving date is not flexible, and you have checked with your local officials and guidelines if it is safe to move during covid, then you need to be extra vigilant.
It is just as important, if not more so, for you and your family to adhere to social distancing during a move.
Preparing Before the Move
Before you begin packing, you should ensure that you are as prepared as possible for moving during a pandemic.
You don’t want to be going back and forth from the store, picking up tape, boxes, and other packing materials. If possible, plan everything out well in advance in order to limit the amount of time you have to leave the house, and buy everything in one go.
Before you start boxing up all of your valuables, take the time to give them a deep clean. Everything from your favorite crockpot to your dresser. Wipe everything down with disinfectant and save yourself time (and germs) at the other end.
Because the coronavirus can live on surfaces like cardboard for 24 hours, try and get everything packed and ready to go at least a couple of days before the move. This will limit any potential chances of the virus spreading to family members or your movers. Where possible, purchase all new packing material and not pre-used boxes.
Can I Hire a Moving Company?
If you require extra help for your move, then you might consider hiring a moving company. Moving companies are taking the pandemic very seriously, but if you do need to move during covid, then you can still hire a moving company.
There are a lot of things to ask your movers before you get started. A good company will offer sound moving advice and should put health and safety first, both for you and their staff. Companies have had to put strict protocols in place to protect everyone involved during a move.
Some of these protocols include:
- Limit the number of crew members to assist with the move
- Asking customers to limit the number of family members present during the move
- Avoid interacting in close proximity with customers
- Following federal and local guidelines in regards to sanitization and social distancing
- Wearing masks or face shields and gloves at all times during the move
- Frequently deep-cleaning and sanitizing removal trucks and equipment
- Conducting surveys and quote estimates virtually instead of in-home
- Ample supply of hand sanitizer
Don’t forget, if you or anyone in your home is experiencing symptoms, then it is vital you inform your movers immediately. If you have any concerns then give your company a call to discuss their Covid health and safety measures.
Be Smart and Move Safely
Moving during COVID will always be more complicated than moving during a pandemic-free world. As long as you and your movers stick to the rules and regulations, and adhere to covid safety protocol, then there is no reason why you can’t enjoy a fairly stress-free experience.
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