Planning on moving soon? Here are some of our top safety tips for moving during COVID-19 to protect your family and belongings.
Over the past few months, we have all been learning how to adapt to the changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. While many of our social events or travel plans have been put on hold, moving does not have to be. Moving and Storage are actually considered essential businesses, which means they remain open. With a little extra planning and by following Health Canada and WHO safety measures, you can safely move during the COVID-19 outbreak. Here are some of our top safety tips for moving during COVID-19 to protect your family and belongings.
What to do before your move:
1. Plan a Contactless Move during COVID-19
As you begin researching moving companies online, remember to also ask questions on how they are mitigating the health risks of COVID-19. A few movers can provide virtual estimates, rather than in-home visits.
2. Get packing supplies delivered to you
Since studies have shown that the coronavirus can live on cardboard for up to 24 hours, it’s best to purchase new moving boxes and tape from your mover. Most moving companies use moving boxes made of 100% recyclable materials and IWMC can of course recycle any cardboard you have!
3. Let others know ahead of time
If you are moving out or into an apartment building or condominium complex, notify your management of the time and date of your move. Remember to make these arrangements ahead of time on both ends of the move. Ask your management team about using a service elevator for the day of your move and special arrangements needed for parking the moving truck. You should also notify your neighbours by phone or email so that they can be aware on your moving day.
4. Donate unwanted items during this time of need
Moving is a great opportunity to downsize and declutter. As you get ready for your move, mark boxes of unwanted clothing and non-perishable food items that can be donated to local charities such as the Mission Thrift Store in Charlottetown or the Salvation Army Thrift Store in Summerside. The COVID-19 outbreak has caused food insecurity for many families; donating your shelf-stable foods is a great way to lighten your load and give back.
What to do during your Move:
5. Extra Sanitary Precautions while moving during COVID-19
Movers should come prepared with their face masks. Keep your distance from movers and avoid handshakes. Keep soap, running water and paper towels available for movers and your family to wash your hands throughout the day. As much as possible, keep windows opened to allow plenty of fresh air to circulate.
6. Label rooms and boxes to make the move seamless
Take the time to label your boxes and the rooms in your new home before your movers arrive. Clear signs will help movers know where to place each moving box and large furniture without you having to come into close contact with them. Creating a simple floor plan ahead of time will save you time and money.
What to do after your Move:
7. Clean your new home before unpacking
After the movers leave, take some time to disinfect any areas that are high touch zones. Wipe down door handles, light switches and bathrooms before you finish unpacking. Get rid of any germs that could have been brought in on foot traffic by sweeping and mopping your floors.
8. Pack your patience and an overnight bag
Finish unpacking by disinfecting boxes or simply wait 24 hours. Pack a fresh set of sheets, pajamas and toiletries in your overnight bag. This will come in handy after a long day of moving.