5 tips for moving in times of Covid-19


5 tips for moving in times of Covid-19

By taking extra safety precautions and minimising social contact, you can move in Covid-19 safely. Here are 5 simple tips.

With all the travel bans, curfews and social distancing, we have all had to adapt to the changes brought about by COVID-19. Countless events have been rescheduled or cancelled, but for some people - including those who had already made plans to move - staying put is simply not an option.

If you are about to move, you can still do so with a little extra planning and some precautionary measures.

Here are some tips to make your move as safe, smooth and stress-free as possible:

Do it yourself if possible

If you can, try to manage the move yourself. If you need help, you can find out about companies operating in your area. You may want to call to ask about sanitation procedures, whether the movers have the necessary supplies (such as masks, gloves and booties), and to confirm that there is a reasonable cancellation policy in case you have to change your plans.

Minimise contact

If you finally work with a removal company, ask for a virtual quote and check if the company offers a completely contactless service.

Forgo handshakes, for obvious reasons. A smile and a tip (sent via PayPal or another contactless digital platform) are the best option.

Take additional health precautions

Wearing face masks, gloves and booties is an important precaution for moving in Covid-19. If you hire a moving company, they are likely to bring similar supplies for their workers, but consider having additional hygiene products.
Disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, paying particular attention to door knobs and handles.
Place soap and paper towels by the sinks and hand sanitiser by the doors.
Buy new boxes: the coronavirus has been proven to live in cardboard for up to 24 hours, so this is not the time to pick up used moving material from shops that recycle it. You can also use boxes you already have at home.

Be transparent and flexible

Before the move, contact your neighbours - especially if you live in an apartment building - and share the date and time you plan to move. This will give everyone in your immediate vicinity a chance to avoid unnecessary contact.

And of course, if you or a family member has symptoms of coronavirus, it's time to postpone plans to move. While rescheduling is a hassle, the health and safety of your community comes first.

Help those in need and lighten their load

As COVID-19 has forced business closures, soup kitchens and a wave of layoffs, the need for anti-hunger supplies is greater than ever. That's why you can donate what you don't need.

Moving is hard work, that's for sure, and it's especially difficult at the moment. But if you take extra precautions, and with good organisation, you will get through it.

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