Before COVID-19 the world was beginning to open up, there were roadways leading to all kinds of new opportunities, and you certainly didn’t have to think about social distancing. Because of widespread mandates to stay away from other people, limited travel, and a debilitated global market, many people have suspended or even cancelled their move to another address.
However, for some, staying put is not an option, even amid a global pandemic; if you and your family are planning to move during COVID-19, then safety is your first priority. Here are some tips to make this move as hassle-free as possible:
Pack and Move Yourself, If Possible
Even though movers are considered essential in many cases, you can limit exposure to others by managing some things on your own. If you plan on using a moving company, be prepared for reduced hours of operation and more stringent sanitation rules, including special packing boxes. For this reason, you can plan to pack everything on your own to save some time and expense, if you want.
If you do need to hire a moving company, then you are going to have to prepare your home for them to minimize the risk of virus transmission. This means that you should have masks and gloves for your family, if they are present, and have everything—doorknobs, railings, countertops—sanitized.
Leave your belongings that require packing in the original location. This will allow for the movers to split up and work separately from one another, so they can social distance as well.
Be Extra Cautious
Caution is a keyword during COVID-19, especially when it comes to looking for a new home in Ottawa, Clarence-Rockland or moving. This means being transparent about your needs and actions by letting the moving company know your plans, getting virtual quotes, and providing 2 meters (6 feet) of distance from the professionals and anyone else you encounter.
Aside from that, you should be as hygienic as possible when boxing, moving, and settling into your new home. Sanitize everything everywhere you go, even if you bought a brand new home. Wear a mask, gloves, and even booties when first entering the new property. And remember, coronavirus can live on cardboard for up to 24 hours.
Once you have arrived at your new location, the last thing you want is to be overwhelmed by the mountain of boxes scattered throughout your new home. For this reason, you should pack smart. Identify some priority items to unbox first. You can also let the moving company know about which boxes to set aside for you to easily access, so you don’t have to go searching all over for the right items.
Find a Professional Moving Company
Whether you decided to DIY your move or hire professionals for assistance, you can do your part by knowing what to expect, as well as prioritizing health and safety during these uncertain times. If you are moving, remember: caution is key! By packing smart and keeping everything clean, you should be able to move without a hassle.