5 tips you’ll need when moving during COVID-19
In these times, health is the number one priority, and we always want to ensure that we follow extra safety precautions and minimize social contact. Moving requires tons of work and people involved during your move out.
With the recent surge of COVID-19, everyone needs the extra step to be careful. If you plan to move, you can still put it off and make a little extra planning and a few precautionary steps.
But if you will be moving, here are some tips to help you progress as safe, seamless, and stress-free as possible.
- Make it DIY if possible
Even though most states have their own moving services considered “essential when moving,” with the impending COVID-19, you can try to manage the move yourself. Most companies have reduced their staff, and some closed businesses entirely, so you can try to cut down the number of people you come in contact with/
If you really need your help, know the companies operating in your area. Ask them about sanitation procedures, know if suppliers have the essential supplies (like masks, gloves, and booties), and for their reasonable cancellation policy in the case of an event and need to cancel your plans.
- Minimize your Contact
Moving day involves plenty of people. If you’re working with a moving company, ask for a virtual quote and ask if the company offers fully contactless services.
You can give a smile and generous tips that you can send through a contactless digital platform like PayPal and Venmo.
- Take extra caution when moving
Taking extra sanitary precautions is essential for you and the moving company. Always wear your mask, gloves, and booties. And disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces like doorknobs and handles.
You can also place soap and paper towels near your sinks and a hand sanitizer or disinfect alcohol by the doors. And buy new boxes. The coronavirus has been found to live on cardboard for up to 24 hours, so this might not be the time to pick up used moving supplies from recycling stores. You can also use boxes that you already have in your home.
- Be transparent and flexible
Before your moving day, reach out to your neighbors – especially if you live in an apartment building. This is to let them know your date when you’ll be moving to give them a head-up and avoid unnecessary contact and let you know if the timing will be a problem.
If you or any family members are experiencing coronavirus symptoms, postpone your moving plans. Though rescheduling is a pain, the health and safety of your community come first.
- Help those who are in need and lighten your load.
There are millions of people who are struggling with this COVID-19 pandemic. You can donate your shelf-stable items to a local food bank or a national organization that works with professional moving companies and their customers to feed those in need.
Moving is hard, but with the current situation, it’s extremely tough. Take extra precautions when you move and you’ll be able to get past this struggle.