Moving is often a complicated and tiring procedure, especially so in the midst of a worldwide pandemic. If you are ready to move, extra planning and taking precautionary steps will help you along your way.
Here are 5 tips to make your move as safe and stress-free as possible.
If you plan on working with a moving company, you can take advantage of virtual quotes and virtual paperwork. Forgo handshakes or other physical contacts.
Kevin Murphy, vice president and general manager of North American Moving Services, remarks, "There were a lot of documents and passing around pens prior to the coronavirus outbreak, so we are avoiding those types of things and offering virtual surveys and quotes now."
Clean As You Pack
When was the last time you really cleaned your crock pot or bedside lamp?
Use this opportunity to fully sanitize and clean your belongings. Use disinfectant or create your own solution with one tablespoon of bleach to one gallon of water.
Prior to the COVID outbreak, it was common to have friends or family members in your home to make your move run smoothly. With current social distancing guidelines, it is best to limit exposure to others.
Murphy outlines, "If we had a crew of three people who were going to interact with the folks in the home, we might have two people going into the home and have the other person stay in the truck the entire time. The person we would be moving might have had their spouse, kids, and maybe a nanny, but now we are asking customers to limit the number of people in the home who are interacting with us."
Before you consider hiring a moving company, find out how COVID has affected their normal routines. What kind of supplies are they using? How often are they monitoring their workers' health?
Finish Packing at Least 24 Hours Before the Movers Arrive
The virus can last a long time on surfaces, including up to 24 hours on cardboard boxes.
While you and the movers should be wearing gloves, it is within the best interests of all parties to ensure that all of your belongings are packed away and left untouched at least a day before the movers arrive at your home.
Moving companies that are continuing service during coronavirus include: Arpin, Atlas Van Lines, Bekins, Graebel, Mayflower, North American Moving Services, Stevens Worldwide, United Van Lines, U-Pack, and Wheaton World Moving.
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