How to protect yourself and your family from illness and COVID while moving

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Moving during the COVID pandemic is a challenging task as along with packing and doing the tasks necessary for a comfortable move, you need to do a little extra to make sure that you and your family are not at a high risk of transmitting a disease. First things first, if you can manage to procrastinate the move for some days, then don’t hesitate to do that. But if you can’t do so, then adopt all the necessary measures. Enquire from the moving agencies, whether they will be available on the scheduled dates of the move, and whether they are adhering to the guidelines set by the authorities in the pandemic. If anyone is sick and is isolating, then don’t forget to inform the movers. Read this article to know the essential tasks you need to perform to lower the risk of transmitting the virus.

Packing supplies

Don’t use any old or recycled packing supplies like cardboard boxes to minimize the risk. Use new boxes and packing supplies. Old supplies might be contaminated and can increase the chances of virus settling down on them for a long time. You can use the boxes that you already have with you at your home, but don’t pick free boxes from the places that recycle them.

Hire movers 

While you hire a moving company, make sure that they have strict rules and regulations for the employees. Rules like wearing gloves and masks, social distancing, sanitization, etc must be strictly followed. If they strictly adhere to the rules, you can book an appointment with them. Moreover, instead of a physical tour of the house, you can ask the movers to take a virtual tour of the house to know the pricing. 

Label the boxes

To minimize the interaction with movers, label all the boxes advance. Write a room number and a list of commodities on a slip and paste it on the box. You can also mention the exact place where you want the movers to keep the box. Moreover, pack as many things you can on your own, so movers only have to load the boxes in the truck. In this way, you can minimize the risk of falling ill for yourself, your family, for the movers as well. 

Disinfect 

Disinfecting the boxes and furniture surfaces is very important to prevent the virus from settling down on these surfaces. Use alcohol-based disinfectants to disinfect your belongings. Disinfect them once you are done with the packing task, and when the boxes and furniture are to be loaded on the truck. You will be saved from carrying the virus or germs to your new home. Also, once you have reached there, and everything has been unloaded, disinfect the belongings again. Moreover, you can leave your belongings unattended for a day or two, to lower down the risk of transmitting any disease. 

Wash your hands frequently

Wash your hands many times in a day to maintain hygiene. You can use alcohol-based sanitizers as a substitute for hand wash. Also, cover your face while sneezing and coughing and bring this into practice. Don’t touch your face unnecessarily unless you have washed your hands. 

Arrange for sanitization of movers

Along with taking care of your sanitization, take care of the sanitization of the movers as well. Keep a platform with sanitizer, masks, and gloves on it at the entrance of the house. You can arrange for water, soap, and towel, etc for the movers to take care of their hygiene. When my friend booked an appointment with packers and movers San Diego, she followed all these steps to minimize the risk of getting prone to the virus. 

Essential box

To avoid unpacking the boxes as soon as you have reached your new home, make an essential box, in which you can keep the items that you will need on the first day in your new house, like paper towels, napkins, toilet paper, opener, etc. Keeping such things handy will save you from unpacking the boxes as soon as you reach your new home. Moreover, to avoid stopping at restaurants or food joints on the way, you can keep supplies ready to eat snacks in your car. You can also cook a meal for the whole family that you will eat in your new house. 

We discussed all the steps that you can undertake to ensure a safe move during the pandemic. Now we will be discussing the steps moving companies can follow to protect themselves and the clients from the virus. 

Steps for the safety of their clients

Virtual tour for fixing the price

Instead of arranging a physical tour of the house, moving companies can arrange virtual tours for the clients through video calls using Google meet, zoom, etc. This is done to ensure a risk-free move.

Policies for senior movers

If the person who moves is elderly, then movers can suggest them to ask a junior or a young person to stay in touch with the movers for signing the contract and completing all the formalities. They can put this in their policies for conducting business during the pandemic. This is necessary as a senior citizen is at a higher risk of transmitting the disease.

Different ways of greeting

Moving companies can make a change in their policies of greeting and meeting their clients. For example, they can avoid shaking hands with their clients, and instruct them to avoid crowding the place and 1 or 2 people should be present on the day of the move. If they have a lot of things that have to be moved, then instead of moving in one day, the move can be planned in multiple days so that few people only are needed to load the things on the truck. 

Now it’s the time that we plan everything well in advance and adhere to all the policies and guidelines set by the authorities to ensure a risk-free move.

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