Moving can be a hefty process especially if you’re packing up a family with kids and pets. Add a pandemic to the mix and you’re facing an experience that can feel pretty daunting. But, don’t worry, the process can be done safely with a few extra precautions! Here are some of our tips and tricks on how to have a safe and healthy moving experience:
Know Your Moving Company’s Policies
Moving during this time requires extra diligence when it comes to doing your homework about what moving company is best for you. As you make your calls be sure to ask questions on each company’s health and safety precautions around physical distancing and sanitization. Once you decide on which movers you feel comfortable using you’ll also have a better idea as to what their expectations are of you prior to their arrival.
Rent a Truck & Move Yourself
If the thought of hiring movers has you in a tailspin, recruit your man/woman power. As the restrictions lighten up and we’re allowed to expand our circles a little more, consider asking help from close family and friends. Of course be mindful of those who might be immunocompromised. But otherwise take the necessary sanitation precautions, make a day or two of it and celebrate at the end of the day with takeout from your favourite local restaurant 😉
Buy New Boxes
You might be tempted to take to the internet asking for used moving boxes, but in this case it’s safest to use any boxes or plastic totes you already have in your own home or to buy new boxes all together. Safety first!
Clean & Sanitize as You Pack and Before You Unpack
Not only is this a safety precaution to protect those who are helping you move, but it’s also a big win for your future self! There’s nothing worse than packing up items that have collected an inch thick of dust just to have to clean it during the unpacking process. Wipe down all your belongings with a disinfectant. If you’re having trouble finding Lysol wipes and spray, make your own disinfectant by mixing 1 tablespoon of bleach with about 4 litres of water.
Remember to also give your new home a good cleaning prior to putting your things away. On moving day, divide and conquer. Have some of your moving buddies cleaning while some are helping move your boxes into your new space.
Take Care of the Unpacking Process Yourself
Some moving companies offer full service packing and unpacking. As convenient as it sounds, forgo the upgrade and take care of the unpacking yourself. You want to minimize the number of people who are touching the items you use on a daily basis. Plus, you already spent all that time disinfecting so spare yourself the hassle and worry. Moving, whether during a pandemic or not, takes careful planning. Moving companies are implementing the best safety practices they can during a time that is especially stressful to move so rest assured you’re in good hands. Be mindful and more considerate of your own sanitation practices, but most important, take a deep breath and don’t become overwhelmed. You got this!