Planning a big move is stressful enough as it is. Add in a global pandemic, and the stress level is off the charts. But that doesn’t mean that a move is impossible; it just means there’s a new method to do it.
Whether you had a move planned, you got a new job, or you’re looking for a change in scenery, the pandemic shouldn’t stop you as long as you’re moving safely. Moving during the pandemic age doesn’t have to stress you out.
Here are a few tips to make your move a breeze.
Talk to Your Moving Company
Hiring a moving company can be beneficial to both a short and long distance move. In this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to discuss safety precautions with your moving company.
All businesses have had to put new measures into place. It’s especially important for your moving company because they will have to come inside your home.
Movers specialize in the safety of your items, and at this time, they should consider your health as well.
Before you make plans for them to pack or move your belongings, be sure to ask them about the safety measures they put in place for the pandemic. Ask what precautions they’re taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protecting their employees.
Ask them what precautions you should take during the move. You can also ask if they have had any outbreaks within their company and what their response is to employees who have a COVID-10 diagnosis.
Any reputable company would be happy to answer these questions. And a reputable country should have a plan for moving safety during the pandemic. Any company that does not answer or does not have a plan should be a red flag.
Go Virtual When You Can
The best way to prevent the spread of the virus is to limit in-person contact. So going virtual is one of the best ways to do get things done while being socially distanced. Luckily, many businesses have made this easier for their customers.
Before moving into your new home, many real estate agents and property management companies are offering virtual tours. This is best if you’re looking at a lot of places or if you’re going to move long distance.
You can ask the same questions you would on a typical tour while remaining safe from spreading or receiving the virus.
Moving companies may also offer a chance to get a virtual moving quote. You can use video chat for your moving company to check out your home and give you an estimate on your moving costs.
When going virtual, be sure that your phone or tablet has a full charge and a strong Wi-Fi signal. For the tour of your new home, be sure that the leasing agent has all the lights on in the space so you can get a good look at the space.
For a virtual estimate from your moving company, be sure that your rooms are brightly lit.
They may request to see the inside of your cabinets and closets to get an idea of how much they will have to move. Having a tape measure on hand is a good idea as well.
Follow CDC Guidelines for In-Person Interactions
It’s crucial that when you do have in-person interactions with a moving company staff that you follow the CDC guidelines. This is the best way to prevent the spread of the virus.
Avoid greeting with handshakes and opt for non-contact methods like verbal greetings, smiles, or waves. You and the moving staff should wear masks, especially when inside the home.
Be sure to maintain a distance of at least six feet. Practice social distancing even while they’re loading and unloading the moving truck and refrain from helping them move. For extra precaution, it’s best to keep children, pets, and any vulnerable people away.
Remind everyone involved to avoid touching their faces and wash or sanitize their hands regularly. It wouldn’t hurt to request movers wash or sanitize before they enter your home. You can also limit restroom use to prevent the spread.
Once all your belongings have been loaded onto the truck, it’s a good practice to wipe down all doorknobs, light switches, and hard surfaces like counters. Do this especially if you’re not leaving your home right away.
Disinfect Your New Home Before Moving In
After your movers unload your belongings in your new home, it’s a good idea to do a deep cleaning. Before you begin pulling your items out of boxes or settling into furniture, you should clean all the hard surfaces, doorknobs, and light switches.
It’s also a good idea to clean the floor of anything that could be tracked in on the bottom of someone’s shoes. Once your home is clean and disinfected, you can start unpacking.
You should clean your belongings and furniture as you unpack just to be safe. Wipe down surfaces like tables and dressers before placing them in the room. Do the same with your decor and accent pieces.
Disinfect soft surfaces like furniture and pillows with fabric spray and a vacuum. Throw away or recycle all packing materials like boxes, bubble wrap, and paper tissue. Once you’ve finished cleaning your belongings, be sure to wash your hands.
Now that you’re all moved into a clean and disinfected space, take some time to relax and enjoy your new home.
Moving During the Pandemic
Despite the pandemic, life has to continue. So if a move is in your future, plan for it the right way. You don’t need to stress while moving during the pandemic; you need to take some extra safety precautions.
Use these tips to make moving not only easier but safe and healthy while following pandemic guidelines. Don’t let the pandemic add to your stress. If you prepare in advance, you can enjoy your new home.
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