Moving is troublesome, whether you prefer to handle it by your own or hire professionals to reduce the stress that follows along with packing and unpacking for hours and even days. But suppose you do not have a choice but to hire a moving company to help you with moving to a new place in the time of coronavirus pandemic. In that case, you might be having more stress and anxiety as you search for ways to remain as safe and healthy as possible throughout the intense process.
BE CAUTIOUS – ALWAYS
The first thing you should keep in mind is the reality that everyone is in the midst of a global pandemic, which means being extremely careful is crucial for the time. Individuals over sixty and those with pre-existing respiratory and cardiovascular conditions should reconsider moving if at all possible. No move is worth risking your life, so if you have any flexibility in when your move happens, push it back until you can more safely relocate.
COMMUNICATE YOUR FAMILY HEALTH STATUS TO THE MOVERS
Transparency is very important for keeping everybody safe. And in many cases, your movers will still work with you, but they will put additional protocols into place to protect their workers. In addition to letting them know if you suspect the illness among yourself or a family member (or have a diagnosis), also let them know if you are isolating due to exposure, since the same risk mitigating steps should be taken.
DON’T USE FREE OR RECYCLED MOVING BOXES
The coronavirus can live on cardboard for as long as 24 hours, so now is not the time to be picking up free moving supplies from places that are recycling them. Boxes that you already have in your home are fine, but if you need any extras, then you’ll need to go to the store and buy them new.
PROVIDE HYGIENE ENSURED PRODUCTS FOR YOUR MOVERS
To aid your movers in following necessary hygiene practices, be sure to leave out products they can use while transporting your items to and from the moving truck. Those include soap and paper towels by the sink, and hand sanitizer by the door that they’ll be entering and exiting through. If you’re concerned about having enough supplies, let your moving company know so they can be sure to bring them along for use during the move.
IF TRAVELING FOR YOUR MOVE, PLAN ACCORDINGLY
Need to book flights or hotels for your move? Make refundable reservations and/or only work with companies that offer free cancellations. Ask about cancellation policies before you book so that you don’t end up wasting money later on.
One silver lining is that social distancing means that you might have more time to devote to organizing your home prior to your move and getting rid of the things you no longer want or need. If you plan on donating items like clothing, linens, furniture, shelf stable non-perishables, etc., call the place you would like to donate to ahead of time and see their policies. While many people are in need during this time, it’s likely not going to be quite as easy as just driving to your nearest donation center and dropping the items.
If you are in need of a moving company that will be organized and dedicated to take care of every detail of your move, then you can always rely on the professiAUK Movers. Our team of movers is experienced enough to tackle any obstacle to keep you and your family safe. We are a phone call away. Please give us a call if you have any questions.onals at