The coronavirus pandemic is unlike anything our country has ever seen. Information is changing daily, and most of us have concerns regarding how to protect ourselves and each other.
If you are planning a move during the COVID-19 outbreak or have already secured a move date using an experienced moving company, you might wish to consider some additional activities to help support a safe move. The following are a few practical hints designed to assist you with the move process as you navigate this unchartered territory?
Before you proceed
1. Pick your moving Company attentively, carefully and ask questions
Ensure you ask your professional moving company what measures they’re taking to ensure a safe move experience during the COVID-19 outbreak. Most reputable movers understand the protection of you and your belongings is crucial during any move. But in regards to your security and health, it’s imperative the moving business you select demonstrates substantial vigilance at this moment. Below are a few questions to get you started as you bet your movers:
- What precautions are your movers choosing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19?
- What precautions are you taking to protect your drivers and crew?
- What will you do if it is discovered that a worker or customer has been diagnosed with COVID-19?
- What precautions do you recommend I take during my move?
- Do you have a list of FAQs or additional information that addresses moving during COVID-19 that I can review before I schedule my move with you?
2. Get a virtual moving quote
Preventing in-person contact is a very important step in restricting the spread of COVID-19. The digital survey offers an alternative to the traditional in-person moving estimate allowing you to walk an estimator via your house remotely using video chat on your mobile device.
Check with your moving company to find out how you can best prepare for their virtual quote procedure. If you choose to try our Virtual Survey instrument, then here are a few things you can do to prepare for your distant estimate:
- Make sure your telephone or tablet is completely charged.
- Ensure you have a strong Wi-Fi signal. If you are not connected to Wi-Fi, data charges may apply.
- Switch on the lights in all the rooms you will be showing for your estimator.
- Open all cabinets and cabinets for things inside you will need us to move.
- Take a tape measure on hand, just in case your estimator requires one to measure an item for accuracy.
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3. Be clear about the process of rescheduling your move
If you choose to postpone your move, make sure you’ve reserved using a moving company that is flexible during those uncertain times. When you get your moving quote, you may want to ask about refund and/or deposit policies in the event you need to cancel your move. Most reputable moving companies will consider unprecedented conditions and work to accommodate your requirements. Last, be sure you know who to contact and have the right phone number(s) should you decide to cancel/reschedule your move.
4. Clean and disinfect
Hiring professional cleaners to help with your move-in/move-out cleaning tasks can be a superb time-saving option. But given the current restrictions and security guidelines surrounding COVID-19, hiring a cleaning crew to enter your house is not advisable. At this time, the safest option is that you do the house cleaning yourself.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides general recommendations for regular cleaning and disinfection of families:
- Practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks, and electronics with “household cleaners and EPA-registered disinfectants that are appropriate for the surface, following label instructions.”
- Pay close attention to the safety instructions when using cleaning and sanitizing products. For instance, not mix bleach with ammonia or any other cleaner; use rubber gloves and other protective wear, if proposed; boost ventilation by opening windows and doors to allow in the fresh air.
During Your Move (Your Movers Have Arrived for Loading and Unloading)
5. Greet with a smile, not a handshake
It’s not rude; it’s just safer to use other non-contact methods of greeting.
6. Maintain a Six-foot space
As your drivers and workers load and unload your possessions, practice social distancing AND refrain from helping with the move — let them take action. If you can, keep children, pets, and vulnerable family members in a separate area.
7. Wash hands
Request your movers to wash their hands at the door and at regular periods. It’s also a good idea to limit restroom use to one bathroom in the house. Provide disinfectant wipes for doorknobs and light switches in the restroom and near entryways. Also, provide hand sanitizers to them for more safety.
8. Practice CDC recommended protocol to decrease the spread of the virus.
These recommendations include but are not limited to the following: wearing masks and/or creating reminders to avoid touching the face, limiting food sharing, scheduling regular hand washing reminders by email/text notifications, alarms and frequently disinfecting surfaces. To learn more about what you can do in order to restrict the spread of COVID-19, visit the CDC Guidelines website.
9. If at any point before or during your relocation, you suspect you’ve been exposed to this virus or have signs, contact your plumber to ascertain what to do.
After Your Move
10. Thoroughly disinfect your new home before you unpack and settle in.
In addition to cleaning and disinfecting your furniture and belongings as you unpack, be sure to properly dispose of all packing materials. Contact your local government agency if you have questions concerning the recycling or disposal of boxes and other packaging material.
*These Guidelines represent recommendations based on current CDC guidelines and are subject to change according to our evolving understanding of COVID-19; the availability of equipment; the private preferences of each client; and other federal, state, and local regulations that might be issued from time to time.
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If you are planning an upcoming movement or have queries about a current move, our United agents are here in order to help you schedule a Virtual Survey, find the information you want, and answer any questions you have. Contact a professional moving company for more details.