While moving has always been difficult, it is even more stressful now with COVID-19. For some, the pandemic may cause them to cancel or postpone plans of moving. But what if it’s unavoidable? You shouldn’t have to give up moving to your dream place if the opportunity presents itself. However, it is more important than ever to be safe and take extra precautions while moving to ensure the health of you and your family. That’s why we have compiled a few important moving tips to follow should you choose to move in the near future.
Prepare for Your Move
The most important thing you can do when moving during COVID-19 is prepare. If you’re using a moving company, research and ask if they have a new policy for the pandemic. Contact them with any questions you may have. It’s always better to ask and know than to regret it later!
Ask about their policy for schedule changes and cancellations during the pandemic in case you or your family end up experiencing symptoms come the day-of. Ask if they have any moving tips you can follow to ensure the safety of your family and their movers. They are there to help you, and they will appreciate your help, too.
Provide Movers with Hygiene Products
A great way to ensure the cleanliness and health of you and your movers is to provide hygiene products throughout your place. Purchase hand sanitizer, paper towels, disinfectant spray and wipes, and disposable gloves, and set up a small cleanup station near your front door. Both you and your movers will appreciate the extra effort.
Bacteria live on surfaces like cardboard, so avoid using recycled or free cardboard boxes from other sources. Use boxes you already have on hand from purchases you’ve already made, or buy new ones from Amazon, home improvement stores, or PODSBoxes.com.
Adhere to Social Distancing Measures
According to the CDC, social distancing is the most efficient way to limit the spread of COVID-19. They recommend you stay at least six feet away from anyone from outside of your household, whether you are indoors or outdoors. It’s important to maintain these safety precautions even during a major lifestyle change like moving.
Be sure to keep a safe distance from your movers or any friends or family who have come to help you move. Wear a face mask at all times and require those around you to wear one as well. Consider hiring a moving company you don’t have to interact with face-to-face. Packing containers are a great resource for no-contact moving. There are even contactless moving services to help ensure you fully adhere to social distancing measures.
You don’t have to put off making major life choices like moving because of COVID-19. With these moving tips, you can follow safety precautions and make sure to place the highest priority on protecting your health.