Since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020, about 8.9 million people have moved, proving that life still goes on, even in these trying times.
Moving during COVID might look a little bit different than it did pre-2020. After all, nothing is normal anymore, we have to evaluate everything to assess the level of risk. That includes moving to a new house, town, or state.
Moving at any time is stressful, but especially during a pandemic. If health risks concern you, check out these five tips for safely moving during COVID.
1. Talk to the Company Before Hiring
When choosing moving companies in Nashville, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Every company is taking the COVID-19 pandemic seriously.
So, chances are, they have safety protocols already set in place. Ask for a detailed explanation of what protocols the company is implementing.
If you are not satisfied with these measures, you can make special requests.
Here are some questions you may want to ask:
- What precautions are you taking to protect movers and drivers?
- What is your rule about disinfecting vehicles and equipment?
- What do you do if someone shows symptoms of being sick?
- Do your movers wear masks? If not, can I request they wear a mask?
Tell the company your concerns over the virus, and they should be more than willing to accommodate you.
2. Virtual Quotes
The key to not contracting the virus is to limit your in-person contact as much as possible.
A Mt. Juliet moving company will likely want to see how many boxes and pieces of furniture you have to give you a proper estimate.
Ask for a virtual quote in this case. Sometimes, just telling the company how many items you have will be enough. Others will want to see each room in your house.
If that is the case, request a Facetime or Zoom call instead of having workers come to your house. As long as you have a strong WiFi connection, you can easily lead them through your home while maintaining social distancing protocols.
3. Follow CDC Guidelines
The Center for Disease Control has set in motion a list of safety guidelines for all Americans to follow.
Surely, you know what these measures entail, but it couldn’t hurt to review before you have movers show up at your home.
Stay six feet apart (or more) from the movers at all times. Social distancing could be tricky in such close quarters, but so long as you stay on one side of the room you can manage.
Wear a Mask
Be sure to have proper face coverings. The percentage of droplets spread through masks is less if you wear a mask. Even more so if both parties are wearing their masks at the same time.
Wash Your Hands
Washing your hands for 20 seconds or longer will kill most of the germs you have touched. To add an extra step to this, spray rubbing alcohol at 70 percent or higher onto your hands.
4. Open the Windows
Get some air circulating through your home. Open up the windows to move any potential virus particles out of your house. If you can’t open the windows, look into buying an air purifier.
5. Disinfect New Home
Once you get to your new home, disinfect all surfaces.
Do this before unpacking to prevent any virus droplets from getting onto your furniture. Spray the counters, refrigerator, doorknobs, and anything else that other people may have touched.
Moving During COVID
Tri-Star moving services takes the COVID crisis seriously. We want to keep ourselves protected while ensuring your safety and slowing the spread.
Moving during COVID raises new concerns. At Tri-Star, we are more than happy to accommodate your needs and make you feel safe during your moving process!
If you are in Nashville, Tennessee, or are looking to move to Mt. Juliet, we encourage you to give us a call and schedule your free quote today.