With local requirements and circumstances changing so quickly, likely you’re a bit anxious about moving. You may have many questions on what to do to stay safe while moving. Here you’ll find answers to a number of the most common questions people are asking.
WILL MOVING SERVICES BE INTERRUPTED?
Moving companies are an essential service. People still have to relocate, whether across the street or across states. Therefore moving companies are there to assist home buyers and sellers in a safe and responsible manner. However, a number of locations throughout the U.S. are under some sort of restrictions, and there may be limitations regarding driver and crew availability. Contact your moving company regarding their ability to move you in a timely and safe manner.
HOW DO I GET A QUOTE IF NO ONE CAN COME TO MY HOME?
Any inquiries regarding property contents can be done virtually or over the phone, starting with a video home survey to give you a moving estimate. The movers may guide you thru your home using your mobile device, such as FaceTime, Messenger, Skype or Zoom. They’ll ask you questions, get an understanding of your home and furniture and answer any concerns you’ll have.
HOW ARE YOU KEEPING YOUR MOVERS AND CUSTOMERS SAFE?
Moving companies are mostly following Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines. However, be sure to have your own cleaning and sanitizing supplies on hand. This may include gloves, hand soap, and hand sanitizer.
In addition, it’s best that the movers and home buyers and sellers to abide by CDC guidelines and moving recommendations as best possible:
• Keep a six-foot distance from movers and drivers as they work
• Let the movers do their job and refrain from helping, where possible
• Clean commonly touched items before your movers arriving like doorknobs, sink handles, door pulls, etc.
• Clean or disinfect furniture that’s being moved before movers arriving
Using personal protection equipment like gloves and face masks
• When greeting, if necessary do elbow bumps instead of handshakes
• Practice social distancing with others by standing at least 6 feet apart (about 2 arms’ length) from others during the move
• Limiting how many handle your household belongings
• Surfaces such as hand trucks, dollies and other materials used should be sanitized
• Washing or sanitizing hands after touching shared surfaces frequently
• Padded and wrapped once they’re unwrapped in your new home
need to be disinfected
• Get rid of all packing materials once the move is complete
Crew members or anyone moving who will be in contact with others who are having symptoms or who are ill in any way need to stay away from others to avoid cross contamination.
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Your moving day will be quite different than what you may have been used to in the past. Follow basic protocol associated with social distancing. This differs from a typical moving day, where everyone within the family is around taking over different tasks, and you’re frequently interacting with the moving team. For now, it’s best to have just one person interact with movers on move day, if possible. This is often to make sure proper social distancing is maintained to protect you and the movers.
CAN I RESCHEDULE OR CANCEL MY MOVE IF I’M NOT FEELING WELL?
If you’re feeling ill, contact the moving company or person coordinating the move to assist you in choosing a replacement move date without worry about any cancellation or rescheduling fees.
If you’ve got questions on whether you ought to or shouldn’t move during this time, please reach out to me. I’m here to help.
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