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Moving has always been a challenging and stressful process.
When you’re moving during a global health crisis, it gets even trickier. If you can postpone your move to a time when the outbreak has slowed down and restrictions are further lifted, that would be the best course of action.
But if you absolutely must move right now—perhaps you need to relocate for work or you just closed on a new home—we’ve compiled the following tips to help you move safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Carefully research your moving company.
It’s always important to conduct plenty of research before signing a contract with a moving and storage company, but in light of the current health crisis, proper vetting is essential. Avoid sites like Yelp or Craigslist for finding moving help and opt for an established firm instead. Some companies have even transitioned to contactless moving, enabling customers to leave their homes while the crew comes in to pack up and load the truck. As you reach out to various movers, inquire about this option. Other questions to ask prospective movers about their COVID-19 policies and practices include:
- Do you provide virtual estimates using platforms such as Zoom, Face Time or Google Meet?
- Are the trucks and movers equipped with hand sanitizer, masks, and gloves?
- Will the truck and all moving equipment be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized before your move?
- How often are frequently touched surfaces in the trucks sanitized?
- What is your cancellation/rescheduling policy?
- What procedures do you have in place to ensure employees aren’t sick?
Avoid using recycled moving boxes and materials.
Using new packing supplies and store-bought boxes will limit the chances of the virus living on these surfaces. Although the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) now states that the risk of transmission via surfaces is lower than they initially estimated it to be, the coronavirus can live on cardboard boxes for as long as 24 hours.
Opt to travel by car.
To protect yourself and others from possible exposure to the coronavirus, driving is your best bet. It may take longer for you to arrive at your new residence than flying or taking the train, but it’s better for everyone’s safety.
Plan ahead if you’re going to donate items.
As you prepare to move, it offers a perfect opportunity to sort through closets and identify toys, clothing, housewares and other goods for donation. If you’re planning a drop off at the local Goodwill or Salvation Army, be sure to call ahead. Not all stores are accepting donations at this time, and if they are, they may require additional cleaning steps for donated items.
Deep clean your new digs.
Be sure to fully clean and sanitize your new home before you move into it. Use disinfectant wipes for quick cleanings over the most high-touch areas, such as doorknobs, sinks, cabinet pulls, refrigerator handles, etc. Use disinfectant sprays for areas that can’t be wiped clean. For example, you can use Lysol spray on couches, mattresses, and fabric covered chairs. Mop hard floor surfaces with an appropriate disinfecting solution.
Disinfect boxes and furniture after your move.
Even if your move seemingly went off without a hitch, it’s still wise to clean your belongings. Wipe each item down as it’s unpacked, washing your hands thoroughly and frequently. And be sure to keep your hands away from your face, as well.
Keep in mind that stocking up may be challenging.
Plan ahead for getting the essentials you will need and for stocking your new kitchen with groceries. You may want to try Shipt, Instacart, or delivery options from your local grocery store. Target, Walmart and Sam’s Club also offer delivery for cleaning supplies and other essentials.
By taking extra safety precautions and minimizing social contact, you can still move safely. We encourage you to visit the CDC’s website and your local authority’s website for the most current information and safeguards. If you have questions about an upcoming move or need assistance with a real estate transaction, please contact our experienced professionals.
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