If you’re moving during the COVID-19 pandemic, here’s what you can do to stay safe – and to keep your movers safe – on the big day.
Moving Day During the Coronavirus Pandemic: What You Need to Know
Moving during a pandemic is a challenge that none of us were really prepared for, but here’s what you can do to stay safe:
- Don’t involve more people than you need to
- Try to plan extra time
- Disinfect points of contact
Here’s a closer look at each.
#1. Don’t involve more people than you need to.
While many moving companies are reducing the numbers of people they’re sending out on moving crews, it’s a good idea for you to do so, too. Limit the number of family members in the house when the movers are there – or stagger your schedule so that friends and family who are helping aren’t all there at the same time.
#2. Try to plan extra time.
If possible, plan your move so that all your belongings get to your new house 72 hours before you actually move in. That way, if anything has been contaminated by the virus, it’s less likely to still be alive on surfaces. Hand-carry your “open first” box, too, which you should fill with cleaning supplies, paper towels, snacks, soap and toiletries.
#3. Disinfect points of contact.
All the major points of contact – the doorknobs, light switches, thermostat and window sills – need to be disinfected when you move in. If you’re moving into a condo building, be extra careful in common areas, and don’t touch the elevator buttons with your bare hands.
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