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NEED TO MOVE DURING CORONAVIRUS? HERE'S EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO SAFELY DO SO

Posted by Copper Hill on Wed, May 13, '20

 

 

Because of the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic, movement of people is generally limited in order to stop the spread of the virus. Many customers are postponing, and some even cancelling their moves in order to limit the spread. However, if you must move there are several points that have to be taken into account, most of which are centered around safety.

The first step is to check whether moving is legally permitted in your area. Once this is confirmed, choose the best way to move. Road travel is the best in combating the spread of the virus. The mover you choose must be well researched, and ensure that they have the best policies relating to the COVID-19 virus containment. Some of the issues to consider include the presence of sanitizers, masks and gloves, cleaning of equipment, sanitizing of surfaces, and a cancellation/rescheduling policy.

 

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If there are items to be donated before moving, prior arrangements must be made, and if possible, such items have to be sanitized. If internet or cable services have to be installed in the new home, planning ahead is essential since appointments are hard to come by due to the crisis. When packing items, it is better to use new cardboard boxes, and avoid using plastic bins since Coronavirus survives longer on plastic. Finally, before moving, cleaning supplies that will be used by you and the movers must be stocked. These include antibacterial soap, hand sanitizers, and disinfectant wipes.

On moving day, it is recommended that you use the least number of people possible to enhance social distancing. If possible, the move should be timed in such a way that items should arrive at the new home at least 72 hours before you and the family move in. This way, the virus on any surfaces will likely be dead when you get there. However, if you decide to move at the same time the items are moved, it may be wise to have a separate box with essentials such as snacks, change of clothes, phone chargers etc. This way, you avoid touching other boxes that could be potentially contaminated. During the move, all points of contact in both the new and old homes must be disinfected. Surfaces such as doorknobs and cabinet pulls must be disinfected. Wearing a mask and gloves is also important.

Once you get to the new home, ensure that all items are cleaned and disinfected even if necessary precautions had been taken by the movers. This also includes thoroughly washing hands after handling the items and placing them in their appropriate places. Should you be feeling unwell, it is recommended that you cancel or postpone the move so as not to put others at risk. This is why it is important to understand the moving company’s policies on cancellations, postponements, and refunds.

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