Whether you or someone you know is changing residences, sending kids back to college, or moving for a different reason, it’s important to stay safe while you relocate. Below are some helpful tips for protecting your belongings, yourself, and your loved ones while making moves during these unprecedented times.
1. Remember to add PPE to your packing supplies.
If you have friends, family members, movers, or anyone from outside of your household helping you pack your things, make sure everyone is wearing personal protective equipment (PPE). Facemasks are a given, but gloves, plastic face shields, and disposable booties are also helpful in terms of minimizing contamination. After all, it’s hard to maintain social distancing when you’re helping someone lift a heavy appliance or dresser.
2. Disinfectant is everyone’s best friend.
From wiping sweat off your forehead to sweeping hair out of your eyes, it’s nearly impossible to avoid touching your face while moving. Your best defense from spreading any kind of germs or virus is to regularly disinfect your hands. Place hand sanitizer pumps or wipes at popular access points like entrances, staircases, or the kitchen to make sure you’re never too far from freshly cleaned hands.
3. DIY as much as possible.
Under normal circumstances, the rule of moving is “the more the merrier.” During a global pandemic, it’s the opposite. Every additional helper is another potential virus carrier. If you are physically able to make the move on your own, now might be a good time to do it. If you’re not, you should try packing as much as you can to minimize the number of people coming in and out of your home, and for how long.
4. If you don’t need it, donate it.
Donating clothes, furniture, or shelf-stable foods in your pantry you no longer need will both lighten your load and benefit someone who has been negatively impacted by this pandemic. It’s a true win-win.
5. Host your housewarming party virtually.
One of the greatest joys of moving is showing off your new digs to your friends and family, and thanks to modern technology, you can do so responsibly. Giving a live tour via video chat or social media is a safe and convenient way to put your new place on display while keeping COVID-19 at bay!
If you have any other questions, or need the name of a trustworthy moving service, I’m always a text, email, or phone call away! Stay safe, and remember to lift with your legs.