The world has become a more challenging place. The things we used to do have changed due to social distancing, and adjusting to them is necessary to avoid the Coronavirus and getting sick.
Some events, like moving, may need to be done at this time and there isn’t time to wait. If you’re asking the question, “I’m moving during the COVID-19 – what do I do?” Trust me, you’re not the only one!
Finding a moving company that places the health and safety of customers and employees, taking necessary precautions to make sure the security of everyone involved during a move is very important.
Here are 4 helpful tips to make sure your move is safe.
NO-TOUCH VIRTUAL MOVING
Moving is people business which involves some contact. However, instead of having a representative come to a home in-person to survey your home and supply an estimate, an interview using online apps like Zoom, Facebook, or Messenger can help the moving company see what you have with a virtual walk through as well as chat about your moving needs while you guide them through the house.
CHOOSE ONE PERSON TO OVERSEE THE MOVE
Normally, moving may be a family affair, with family and friends taking on tasks to help while neighbors pop by to see how your move is coming along.
During these times it’s best to designate having one person overseeing the move with movers on move day, if possible. After the person chose to oversee the movers discusses what needs to be done and address any concerns, that person should excuse themselves and stay in a different area of the house during the duration of the move.
This is to ensure that proper social distancing is maintained during the move to protect you and the moving team.
BE SURE TO HAVE ON HAND CLEANING SUPPLIES
To protect everyone during a move, yourself, the moving crew and drivers should wash their hands using anti-bacterial soap at regular intervals. The movers should follow CDC-compliant sanitation policies. But just to be sure please confirm you’ve got some available just in case.
Additionally, please disinfect commonly touched areas like doorknobs and handles before the moving crew arrives to your home. This may help protect you and your family also as our moving team.
DONATE FOOD TO LOCAL AREA CHARITIES
While many of us may have well-stocked food pantries while social distancing, there are many families who don’t.
Since your move may be charged by weight, this is often a win-win. You’re shedding moving weight you don’t need, and you’re ready to help supply local area charities with much needed food and other goods.
WHAT ABOUT AFTER THE MOVE?
It would be best to deep clean and sanitize your new home before you move in. Here are a couple of tips to help:
Make sure to have on hand soap, hand sanitizer, cleaning solutions and paper towels handy. Follow the CDC’s recommendations on the way to clean and sanitize your home.
- Follow the CDC’s recommendations on how to clean and sanitize your home
- Use disinfectant wipes for quick cleanings over the most high-touch areas such as counter tops, doorknobs, sinks, cabinet pulls, refrigerators, etc.
- Use disinfectant sprays for areas that can’t be cleaned, such as Lysol, for instance, on your couches and mattresses.
- Use a bleach mixture recommended by the CDC on your tile floors.
- Use a disinfecting wet mop cloth on your hardwood floors.
- Don’t forget to disinfect items that we often touch – your phone, computer and accessories, your television remote controls, credit cards, wallet, and more. Here’s the way to clean and disinfect keyboards.
WHAT ABOUT YOUR NEEDS AFTER THE MOVE?
Home delivery is king! Stocking your new kitchen with fresh groceries will mean trying options like Instacart or calling your local grocery to find out out what other delivery options they’re offering.
Costco, Target and Sam’s Club all have delivery options and have the need essentials for you and your home.
Facebook is a great place to get local information about goings-on, community affairs, and even restaurants that are still open for delivery or pickup.
Through all of this, remember that we’ll get through this as a community. If you are feeling uncomfortable or scared to maneuver , ask us about postponement. We’re in this together and will figure it out.
Of course, the safest thing we can all do is be sure to follow the information provided by local officials and stay up to date with any changes.
Contact me if you have any questions. I’m here to help!
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