Under normal circumstances, moving to a new home can be a complex and stressful situation. There is an endless list of things to do before, during and after a move like packing, organizing and cleaning. In the middle of a global pandemic, you’ll need to take a few extra things into consideration before making your move.
If there’s no way to postpone your move date and you’re moving into your new home soon, we’re sharing some key takeaways to consider below.
Do It Yourself
If possible, handling your move by yourself and those who are a part of your household would be the safest option to limit exposure. You’ll most likely still need to rent a moving truck if you don’t have the vehicle space or a trailer at your disposal. Do your research and try to find a company that offers contactless pick up and drop off to limit exposure. Be sure to fully sanitize the truck before and after you use it.
Think Twice Before Considering Movers
During a normal move you wouldn’t hesitate to ask friends and family to help you pack and assist on moving day, but since it’s safer to practice social distancing, you should think twice before asking outsiders into your home or apartment building.
If you have to hire professional movers for your moving day, be sure to do your research and ensure your team will be taking the proper precautions for health and safety reasons. Limiting exposure and taking these extra precautions is key to stopping the spread of COVID-19.
Whether you’re going to hire movers or not, it’s important to take the proper precautions for your safety and the safety of those around you.
- Wear masks, gloves and booties. Hiring a moving company? They will most likely bring proper sanitary supplies but consider having extras available in case they don’t.
- Have soap and paper towels next to sinks and hand sanitizer by doors so they are easily accessible.
- Disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, like door handles and counter tops to ensure they are kept germ-free.
- Purchase new boxes: COVID-19 has been found to live on cardboard for up to 24 hours. It’s probably safer to buy new boxes than using moving supplies from stores that are recycling them. You can also use boxes that you already have in your home.
- If you live in an apartment complex, be sure to notify your neighbors that you and/or your movers will be in and out of the building frequently.
If you’re making the move in the near future, be sure to take the proper precautions to keep your family, friends and professional movers as safe as possible.