If you’re like many people, the thought of moving during the current COVID-19 pandemic is stressing you out. How are you supposed to stay safe (and keep your family safe) when you’re working with movers, packing, and traveling across the city (or the country)? Here’s what you need to know about staying safe while moving during a pandemic.
Moving During a Pandemic: What You Need to Know to Stay Safe
As you already know, social distancing is important. You want to stay away from people who could get you sick – and you want to stay away from others if you’re sick, too, just like you would during normal times.
Social distancing is tougher when you’re moving, though. You may have movers and contractors coming in and out of your house, you’re may travel through different cities to arrive in Knoxville, and you might even have to stay overnight in hotels along the way.
Social Distancing During Pack-Out
A DIY move is a good choice right now, but that’s stressful. It requires you to handle all the packing, sorting and moving yourself. You might consider doing the packing yourself and hiring movers to pick up all your furniture and boxes, or you may want to hire someone to handle the whole process. Whatever you choose, you can follow these tips to stay safe:
- Try to limit the amount of time you spend in the same rooms with movers
- Send children to spend time with people in your “bubble” to prevent them from potentially becoming exposed to the coronavirus
- Keep the windows and doors open while movers are in your home
- Consider packing everything yourself and putting it outside for movers to pick up
Staying Safe While Traveling for a Move
When you’re traveling – whether it’s across the country or across town – there are a few things you can do to stay safe:
- Use gloves at the gas pump
- Wear a mask when you’re indoors, such as at gas stations
- Opt for drive-through rather than sit-down dining whenever possible
- Be extremely careful and practice good hygiene at rest stops
Cleaning After Movers Have Left
If it’s at all possible, try to clean up your new home after the movers have left. Pay special attention to high-traffic areas, such as the kitchen and bathrooms, and make sure to clean and disinfect door handles, faucets and light switches.
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