The COVID-19 pandemic seemed to impact us all without much warning. The severity of the virus has led to many businesses being shut down and entire states being placed on lockdown. No one could have predicted such a huge pandemic, which leaves many people struggling to figure out how to work around it.
Weddings were scheduled, baby showers were planned, and moving dates were set. These are some of the many things that we don’t think about as the entire world goes into a shutdown. If you were one of those many people that had a move already planned during this time, then we understand your concern.
Reliable home movers are considered an essential business, and we will ensure that you’re still able to move as planned with health and safety in mind. We understand that moving during this time only adds more stress to an already stressful situation, and we’re here to help.
Below are a few tips for homeowners to keep in mind during the move and a few ways that your moving company is handling the move throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s what you need to know!
Moving Tips for Homeowners During COVID-19
To make a move successful during the COVID-19 pandemic, both homeowners and movers need to work together with health in mind. As a homeowner, there are a few things you can do to keep yourself, your family, your items, and your movers safe.
1. Keep Health and Safety a Priority
Your health and safety should be your number one priority during the move. If this means switching your move date, then that’s the best move to make. If you are over the age of 60 or considered high-risk for other reasons, then consider moving the date.
If you believe you have symptoms of the virus, then it’s best to change your moving date to a later time. This will help prevent the spread of the virus, and your moving company will understand.
The most important thing is to keep everyone safe. This includes your entire family and your moving company’s family as well.
In some situations, however, switching the date isn’t an option. If you’re not experiencing any coronavirus symptoms, and switching the date isn’t an option, then you’ll want to follow some other precautions listed in the following steps.
2. Rent a Portable Container for Storage
Even without the coronavirus pandemic, move dates can sometimes be changed due to unforeseen events. With the pandemic in effect, there’s even a bigger chance of your move date being changed or postponed due to closures or other delays in regards to the virus.
Because of this, it’s essential that you have a backup plan to fall back on. Consider renting a portable container for all your storage needs. You can keep this storage unit on your current property, or you can use one in a storage facility.
This ensures that all of your personal items are kept safe if anything were to change.
3. Inquire About Your Mover’s Policies
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to changes in policies for all businesses. If you have a move planned, then it’s important that you ask your mover’s about changes in their policies such as schedule changes, cancellations, refunds, and more. Make sure you know all of the policies before scheduling or going through with the move.
Flexibility is needed during these times as you never know when something could prevent you from making the move.
4. Practice Extra Sanitation Procedures
If everything goes as planned, and you’re ready to make the move, then it’s time to practice extra sanitation procedures. During normal times, it’s common for homeowners to use free boxes offered by grocery stores and other businesses for moving their items. During the pandemic, it’s better to use new boxes instead.
You can purchase new moving boxes from local home improvement stores or offline and have them delivered. Use disinfectant wipes and other methods of disinfecting to disinfect all boxes and furniture pieces before loading them onto the moving truck.
If you’re able to, provide antibacterial hand soap, a sink with running water, and paper towels for everyone involved in the moving process. If you’re able to provide gloves and hand sanitizer, then they would be other great additions.
5. Remember Social Distancing
It might be hard to remember social distancing when you’re inside your home. It’s easier to remember to keep your distance from people when shopping, but when you have people coming in and out of your home, it’s also essential. Do your best to use the 6ft rule with yourself and your movers during the move.
When speaking to your movers or asking questions, do your best to remain 6ft away from each individual.
How Home Movers Are Taking Precautions
Your precautions alone will help keep everyone safe during the move, but your movers are also doing their own part to keep everyone safe. Here’s how your moving company is navigating the moving process during the COVID-19 pandemic.
1. Practicing Extra Sanitation Procedures
Your movers are also taking extra precautions by practicing more sanitation procedures than normal. This is done to protect both you and them. All cleaning trucks are being cleaned thoroughly more often.
Your movers are also using hand sanitizer and washing their hands frequently. Gloves and masks are also essential items used to help keep everyone safe during the move.
2. Virtual Estimates and Electronic Paperwork
The best way to keep everyone safe during the virus pandemic is to practice social distancing. We understand that this might not be an option during the actual move. However, it’s essential that anything that can be done over the phone or electronically is done that way.
To help keep everyone safe, you can complete estimates for your move online. Any paperwork that can be handled and signed electronically should be, and all conversations that can happen over the phone should be done this way as well.
3. Staff With Symptoms Required to Stay Home
We know that allowing people to work during these tough times is important, but we also know how important it is to keep workers home who aren’t feeling well. To ensure your safety and the safety of the moving company, staff with symptoms are required to stay home.
You won’t have to worry about movers coming into your home and spreading the virus to your and your family. Everyone who has symptoms is also advised to stay in quarantine. This goes for your movers and for you and your family as well.
Following these guidelines will help prevent the spread of the virus.
4. Utilizing Handshake Alternatives
The common way to address someone and greet them properly is by shaking hands. Sometimes, we shake hands without even thinking about it. To keep everyone safe and healthy, however, it’s best to avoid shaking hands for now.
Instead, your movers can greet you in a few other friendly ways such as a wave, an elbow bump, or simply saying, “hi” and introducing themselves. Please understand that these are only safety precautions set in place for everyone’s benefit.
5. Keeping Health and Safety of All a Priority
Just as you should keep heath and safety as your number one priority, your movers are also placing health and safety as their number one priority. Your movers are prepared to do as much interaction over the phone or website as possible. If there’s anything that can be done on the mover’s side of things to help prevent possibly spreading the virus, it will be done.
Your movers want to stay as sanitized as possible throughout the move just like you. They’re prepared to wash their hands frequently during the process and wear appropriate safety equipment as well.
Your Home Movers Will Ensure a Safe Move During the COVID-19 Pandemic!
We know that moving during the COVID-19 pandemic is a stressful situation. If you’re able to switch your moving date, then it might be best to take this route. This is especially true if you’re experiencing symptoms of the virus or if you’re high-risk.
When your move must go on, your home movers are here to help. We want to keep you and our team as safe and healthy as possible throughout the entire move. Use these tips listed above to ensure everyone’s safety, and keep in mind the different ways that we’re working to ensure safety as well.
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