Almost half of all Americans are considering a house move within the next year. For many, the coronavirus pandemic has brought a realization of the importance of having an outdoor space on their property.
With so many people thinking about moving to a new home, there are some important considerations about how this can be done safely.
Keep reading for everything you need to know moving during the pandemic in a COVID-secure way.
1. Finish Your Packing Early
When packing your belongings, you should aim to finish this 24 hours before your movers arrive. This is to ensure that any coronavirus particles that are potentially on the box surfaces cannot be passed on to your movers.
The movers should be wearing gloves, but this is not a foolproof solution, as it is human nature to touch our faces even with gloves on.
On a similar note, you should also be careful about using recycled or free cardboard boxes that might carry coronavirus particles.
2. Verify Your Movers’ Covid Protocols
Next, before hiring a moving company you should look into their coronavirus safety procedures. Different companies might have different protocols according to the local and state restrictions in place.
If you are moving between two areas with different levels of restrictions, make sure you are adhering to the more restrictive rules.
If you check your movers’ websites or inquire via email, they should provide you with a list of the different measures in place to ensure your house move takes place safely.
3. Wear a Mask
We’ve heard it time and again since the pandemic took off, but wearing masks is one of the most important things you can do. Particularly during a house move when you are coming into contact with people from other households, make sure all of those involved wear a mask.
If any member of your household displays coronavirus symptoms, notify the moving company and get tested if possible.
4. Travel Safely
As well as social distancing practices while you are moving out of your current property, the next stage of your transport needs to be considered. If possible, use private transport to move to your new home, rather than a bus or train.
For long, cross-country moves it might be difficult to remain socially distant if air travel is involved.
5. Provide Sanitation Products
Our final tip, whether you’re moving to a new apartment or a new house, is to provide sanitation products for the movers. This includes hand sanitizer, soap and paper towels, and disposable gloves.
We recommend using a moving day checklist to make sure you have everything in place for both before and after the move.
Now You Know the Essentials for Moving During the Pandemic
We’ve now given you our top five tips for how to move house safely during the coronavirus pandemic. It is vital to incorporate each of these into your house move to make sure your family or housemates, as well as the movers, stay safe.
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