If you must move during the pandemic, rest assured that most of the best moving companies will be open and willing to move you, but they are taking added precautions. As it's best to be cautious at this time, it helps to try and plan ahead, and use these tips, which may help you navigate a move during corona.
Here are the top 10 tips and tricks for moving during COVID-19:
1. Ask for a Virtual Estimate
These days, we’d rather avoid seeing other people face-to-face, so it’s best to do as much as possible online. Speak to your moving company and see if they’re willing to give you a quote online or a virtual estimate of your belongings. This can be done via Facetime, Zoom, or through photos and videos.
2. Gloves and Masks
Even if you’re strict about hand washing, make sure you and your movers are wearing the proper protection. This is to be certain that you do not spread infection in your home or on any items you may come into contact with. Additionally, you should stay 6 feet apart from any person who's not a member of your household to avoid the potential spread of infection.
Disinfect your new home, disinfect your old home, and disinfect the rental truck if you are going to be the one driving. This is to be sure that no one comes into contact with any germs or infections left on any surfaces. This includes all surfaces, faucets, door handles, and more, as well as the truck's steering wheel, gears, and any surface that other people may have touched. When unpacking, disinfect each item as you unpack and dispose of any packaging as soon as possible.
4. Ask Questions
If you are using a company, make sure it’s a legitimate company and they're being cautious and obeying safety laws and regulations. Do not be afraid to ask the questions that you feel are necessary to make sure that they're taking the proper precautions when it comes to your safety. Find out what the company is doing to reduce risks and ensure the safety of its employees and customers, and what preventative measures they are taking.
5. Do Not Get Supplies From Other People
Don't borrow moving supplies such as boxes, packing tape, and the like from other people. Coronavirus can remain on surfaces for days, and this includes cardboard. Also, make sure not to take used cardboard boxes from outside supermarkets. It's best to use new supplies whenever possible, or ones you already have at home.
6. Limit Number of Movers/Helpers
Limit the number of people you allow around you to help, whether it’s friends or movers, and make sure they are taking all of the necessary precautions. If you are using movers, try to have as few around as possible. Additionally, make sure you don’t exceed the legal limit as per social distancing guidelines.
7. Socially Distance From Those Who Are There
It’s almost unavoidable to have a certain amount of people around when you move, so make sure to take the necessary precautions. Keep 6 feet apart whenever possible, and offer the option of hand washing or hand sanitizer for people who have just come in. Additionally, keep objects such as disinfectant spray or wipes for items such as door knobs and faucets.
8. Ensure the Company Is Flexible
These times are particularly uncertain, and we never know what may need to be delayed. Make sure your moving company understands that your moving day may not go exactly as planned and that they are willing to accommodate you if you need to reschedule. If you do find out you need to cancel or reschedule, let the company know as soon as possible.
9. Wash Hands
Make sure that you and all of the people around you remember to wash your hands regularly, in particular when coming in from the outside or touching something that has come into contact with many people. Guarantee that everyone has access to soap and water, place soap and towels near kitchen and bathroom sinks, and remember to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds to ensure it's done thoroughly.
10. Be Responsible
If you think that you might have been exposed, inform anyone you came into contact with, such as movers, etc. Make sure that anyone who you came into contact with is aware so that they can self-quarantine and get tested. It's crucial that anyone who may be infected is informed and aware that they may have the virus.
A Safe Move Is in Your Hands
People are generally cautious when selecting a moving company, and that’s just when people have to decide who to trust with their belongings. The situation the world is currently in, however, forces us to trust others not just with our belongings, but with our health and safety. Be certain that the moving company you choose not only suits your moving needs but is also sticking to the health protocols recommended by the government and CDC. Most moving companies are doing the best they can to accommodate customers during this difficult time, so remember to try and be patient and understanding, as well.
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