Most of us have grown used to staying at home over the past two years, but for those who have to move into a new home, that is not an option.
Yet with a little extra planning and a few precautions it is quite possible to reduce the challenges and move safely. Here are some tips for making your move as safe and stress-free as possible.
1. Do your own packing
In the month before moving day, box up anything you can live without in the next few weeks. This might include out-of season clothes, books, sports gear, as well as extra linen, crockery and kitchenware. In the week before moving, gear up another level so that by the last days you have very little left to pack.
Recycled boxes are great, but not so much during a pandemic, so be prepared to spend more on new ones.
2. Research removalists
If possible, hire a truck and manage the moving by yourself, but if you need help, do your homework on the companies operating in your area. Ask about sanitation procedures, whether the movers will have necessary supplies (like masks and gloves), and confirm there is a reasonable cancellation policy in case you need to change your plans.
3. Minimise contact
When you’re working with a moving company, ask for a virtual quote and see if the company offers fully contactless service. When they arrive on the day, forego handshakes or refreshments and stay out of their way.
4. Take extra sanitary precautions
Wear masks and gloves, and have plenty of sanitiser, soap and paper towels available. Disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces, paying particular attention to door knobs and handles. Once you are in your new home, wipe down all surfaces (built-in and newly-delivered) before starting to unpack.
5. Warn the neighbours
Warn your neighbours in advance of the date and time of your move, especially if you live in an apartment building. This gives them the opportunity to avoid unnecessary contact and let you know if your timing is a problem.
If you or any family members are experiencing coronavirus symptoms, postpone moving plans. Though rescheduling is a pain, the health and safety of your community comes first.