Covid-19 has had a remarkable impact on many industries and jobs in the past year. This means that despite the world being in a state of revolving lockdowns, people are still moving. Regardless of whether it is due to work, a change in marital status, having more kids, or less money…if you find yourself in the position of having to move, read ahead to hear Mike the Mover’s tips for moving during covid.
Moving During Covid-19: Top Tips
Tip #1: Give yourself lots of Time
The pandemic has created delays in every area of business from getting moving boxes and tape, to keeping yourself fueled with enough coffee. As soon as you know you are moving, start getting organized with supplies! The moving industry is essential in most areas but not always the supplies and you might be stuck paying premium prices if you wait too long.
The emotional work of packing photos of family members you haven’t seen in a year, or other items that remind you of this year’s challenges might make things much harder to rush through. Start early so you can take the breaks you need.
Tip #2: Check out the Donation Procedures at your Local Centers
When we move, we often take the opportunity to discard items that we no longer need. Unless you’ve Marie Kondo’d your house during the pandemic, check your local donation sites to find out what the new rules are. Unfortunately, you may find some closed, but many have adjusted their practices so you can still donate with contactless drop points.
If your local sites are not available, you may have websites like freecycle or marketplace still operating under your local pandemic ordinances that will take your donations. Do your best to ensure your donations are disinfected and if possible, bag them and keep them in a safe space for a few days before having them picked up.
Tip #3: Choose your Movers Carefully
Ask your moving company what they are doing to ensure a safe move during the pandemic. Most movers are aware of how to protect your possessions but ensure that the company you choose demonstrates their commitment to their workers and your safety. Ask what precautions the company is taking. What are they doing about masks?
Tip #4: Disinfect and Clean Everything
Many times, people will opt for a cleaning company during a move, but currently, that is not recommended. To decrease contact with others, you can do it yourself. Most household cleaners contain sufficient disinfectant for your often-touched surfaces such as doorknobs, handles, switches, tables, counters, and toilets.
Pay attention to the labels and safety instructions for your cleaning and sanitizing products. Wear rubber gloves and other protective wear and open windows and doors to allow in the fresh air.
Tip #5: Practice Covid Caution
Greet your workers with a smile instead of a handshake. Maintain 6 feet of distance between everyone helping you move. Keep kids and pets away from the area if possible, by giving them an empty room to hang out in or keeping them out of the house entirely. If you are lucky enough to have two entrances to your home (perhaps a front door and garage door) use one for entrance and exit to avoid the bottleneck. If not, try to leave enough space for people to stay 6 feet apart as items are moved.
Insist that everyone in your home wear a mask for the duration of the move and be prepared to enforce this. Moving is a strenuous activity and people may need a mask break. Tell people where there is a good spot for rest outdoors away from the moving pathway. Wash your hands frequently and have hand sanitizer and extra disposable masks available in case they become dirty or damaged during the move. Even if you have sanitizer, ensure that soap is available at sinks for washroom breaks. You may also want to make sure disinfecting wipes are available in the washroom for each person to use on the surfaces afterwards!
Be prepared to ask everyone who shows up to help if they have had any symptoms or have been in contact with anyone who has had covid. If after the move you feel sick, contact your moving company to let them know so they can protect their workers and prevent the spread.
The pandemic has changed so much of our daily lives in a year. We need to be more cautious and careful about every interaction we take when it comes to strangers. It’s a good thing this doesn’t mean that your move has to be any more difficult. Contact Mike the Movers for moving during covid-19 and to find out how we can make your next move, whether it is for your home or business, safe and comfortable. We would love to help you!