The world did not stop spinning just because there’s a pandemic. Yes, some things did slow down a bit. Others got more challenging. But, neither means you should put your life on hold and stop chasing your dreams. Still, that isn’t to say you should be reckless about it. As with any relocation, safety is the priority. In this case, it only implies you’ll have to take a few extra steps. To help you in that endeavor, Royal Moving & Storage came up with these 8 tips. Use them to ensure a safe move during the pandemic and a healthy start to your new life.
#1: Stay informed = stay safe
Knowledge is the most powerful tool in your anti-pandemic arsenal. A wealth of it means you can keep yourself and your family safe. But, also, everyone involved in the moving process. Therefore, the first thing you should do is inform yourself about means of prevention and protection. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and WHO (World Health Organization) websites are your best bet, in this regard. They are the authorities on the subject, and their databases are a treasure trove of useful info.
#2: Book reputable movers to get a safe move during the pandemic
The federal government included professional moving services on its “essential services” list. Therefore, movers throughout the US are still operational. Of course, they had to change their operating methods to adapt to the situation. But, that shouldn’t concern you much. It only means they added some precautionary measures to ensure your safe transition. You can still hire movers and benefit from their experience and skills without fear.
Even so, it doesn’t hurt to err on the side of safety even more. So, when contacting movers, see if they offer:
- Virtual moving estimate;
- Digital document signing;
- Paying via online money transfer.
These three extra steps, although small, reduce the need for physical contact. And, with that, the possibility of contagion.
#3 Use professional packing services
Organizing a safe move during the pandemic takes more resources than a regular one. Every task demands a bit more effort, with packing being at the very top of that list. Not only it’s time and energy-intensive, but trips to the store increase the risk of exposure. And, packing service Los Angeles offers to help you counter both.
Bonus tip: Some companies offer contactless packing services, that further reduce the risk of exposure. Check with your movers to see if they have them!
#4: Make DIY packing safer
If you have enough time, you may decide to tackle packing on your own. Even so, this process isn’t without risks. So, here are a few tips to help minimize it:
- Make an inventory list. It will help you speed up the process. Moreover, it will allow you to get all the packing supplies in one go, thus saving your time and reducing exposure;
- Avoid used packing supplies. There’s no way to know where they’ve been and if they’re contaminated;
- Clean and sanitize items before packing. You’ll reduce contamination risks and speed up settling in.
Granted, these steps will take some extra time. But, they do increase your safety. Therefore, it’s best not to skip them.
#5: Add protective items to your essentials bag
Essentials bag is your best friend during relocation. Since it will always be by your side, it’s a good idea to throw some extra gloves, masks, and hand sanitizer in it. Even if you don’t end up needing them, it pays to know they’re there. You know, just in case
#6: Keep it small and efficient
While assistance is welcome during relocation, it’s better not to make it a party. So, keep the number of people helping you to a minimum. It’s best to take a tactical, “divide and conquer” approach. Draft a list of tasks, and make sure everyone knows their duties. While it may not be as fun, it will certainly help keep everyone safe. Which brings us to the next point.
#7: Keep everyone safe – including your movers
Every reputable moving company has precautionary measures in place. Movers will bring their masks, gloves, and sanitizers to help keep everyone safe. However, an additional layer of security never hurts. And, in this case, it only involves having a few extra pairs of masks and gloves handy. If you want to go the extra mile, put paper towels and hand sanitizer at easily accessible places throughout the house.
#8: Prepare your new place and time your arrival
According to the WHO, Coronavirus can survive up to 72 hours on various surfaces. Fortunately, you can miss this period when moving to a new home. Simply coordinate with your movers so they deliver your belongings at least three days before you arrive. Et voila – you avoided the critical period!
But, once again, extra safety never hurts. So, converse with your real estate agent or landlord a week or more before the arrival. Have them find some to thoroughly clean your home before moving in. As an alternative, you can find cleaning companies online to do the same.
A bonus tip
Having a safe move during the pandemic is more than possible. Yes, there are a few extra steps you’ll have to take. And, yes, you will have to put in a bit more time and effort into it. But, with your movers’ help and these tips, you’ll manage to ensure a smooth transition. However, if you’re still torn or have any doubts, here’s a bonus tip. Don’t hesitate to contact your Los Angeles movers and ask for advice. After all, they are here to offer help and guidance, before, during, and after the relocation.