The pandemic doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon, no matter how much we want it to. While this means staying put and staying in for many people, others don’t have the same option. Many other people are choosing to move.
Whether you have to move because your rent is up or because you found your dream home, you shouldn’t have to sacrifice your health while dealing with this huge life change. That’s why we’ve compiled a few important moving tips to help you out during the pandemic.
Ask Moving Companies about Their COVID-19 Protocol
The first step you should take while moving during the pandemic should be to do some research on how you want to move. Do you plan on moving alone or hiring a moving company to help you out? There are several options available to you for either option. Should you choose to hire a moving company, make sure to ask them about any updates they’ve made to their protocol due to COVID-19. A particularly important thing to note is their cancellation policy in case you are forced to cancel or postpone your move due to illness.
Other important questions you should consider asking moving companies about COVID-19 include the following:
- Has anyone in your workplace been sick with COVID-19? If so, what did you do about it?
- What are your movers doing to comply with social distancing guidelines?
- What measures are in place to protect your customers on moving day?
- How can I prepare for movers on moving day?
Asking your moving company questions early on will help relieve stress when moving day arrives. The fewer questions you have on the day of, the more prepared you will feel.
Pack and Unpack Your Own Items
Even if you decide to hire a moving company, you should count on packing and unpacking your own belongings. This will ensure that your things are properly disinfected before you move them all to your new home. As you pack, disinfect each of your belongings and package them as tightly as possible. The less contact your stuff has with anyone or anything else, the better.
It’s also important to pack as many of your things into boxes as possible, as this will help you keep your belongings clean and away from any germs. Once you have everything packed away, avoid taking anything out until you are settled in your new home. Similarly, you can use this time to sort through your stuff and donate anything you don’t want. You can donate these items to those in need or sell them on sites like Facebook Marketplace.
Buy Unused Boxes
It’s also important to use new boxes to pack your belongings. COVID-19 can live on cardboard surfaces for up to 24 hours, so using donated boxes while moving puts you at unnecessary risk of catching the virus.
You can use any boxes you already have in your home from previous purchases, or buy new ones from places like Amazon, Home Depot, U-Haul, and Staples. It’s better to be safe than sorry, so make sure to do everything you can to limit the spread of germs.
With these three moving tips, you’ll be prepared to move during the pandemic without sacrificing your health. We can’t wait to welcome you to your new home at Villa Del Sol!