Life goes on, even when we’re dealing with a pandemic. And while moving is rarely easy, it’s even harder right now with everything you need to consider. On top of the typical worries associated with moving, like finding a moving company, going through and packing up your belongings, and all the heavy lifting, you also have to worry about protecting your health. Here are a few tips to help you move safely during COVID-19.
Social Distance When Possible
While social distancing can be difficult in general, it may be even more difficult while moving, especially if you decide to hire movers or have your friends help you with your move. However, according to the CDC, social distancing is the most effective way to stop the spread of COVID-19. So, remember to wear a mask at all times, wash your hands regularly, and stay six feet apart from others whenever possible.
It’s also a good idea to set up a clean-up station near your front door on moving day so you and your movers can disinfect, wipe things down, and wear gloves. This will help you and your movers feel safer throughout the day.
Think Carefully about Choosing a Moving Company
You should also carefully weigh your moving options. Moving companies are still operating, and they have adopted new protocols when dealing with COVID-19. Before you decide on a mover, ask them some important questions such as the following:
- What is your cancellation policy?
- How have you adapted to keep your employees and customers safe throughout the pandemic?
- How can I prepare for moving day to keep your movers safe?
- Do you have contact-free moving options?
Not only will asking these questions help you choose the right moving company for your needs, but it will also help you prepare for your move. The more familiar you are with your movers and their safety precautions, the more you can prepare for moving day.
Use New Cardboard Boxes and Disinfect as You Pack
Because COVID-19 can live on cardboard for up to 24 hours, it’s a good idea to purchase new boxes. You can use boxes you have from recent online purchases or buy new ones online or from your local home improvement store. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, especially when it comes to your health.
In addition, disinfecting as you pack will help you feel more prepared when moving day comes, as you will have everything clean and ready to go. You should also try to have all your belongings packed in boxes at least 24 hours before your scheduled move, so start packing early.
Moving is difficult enough without a pandemic looming over your plans. But that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your health or put your life on hold. With these three tips, you’ll be able to move without putting your safety at risk.