Moving can be stressful, but moving during the pandemic? That presents all the regular challenges of moving plus some additional concerns. We put together our top three tips for staying safe as you make this transition to a new stage in your life. Check them out!
Clean and Disinfect Before the Move
This tip is not surprising, but hey, it’s always worth a reminder that cleaning and disinfection procedures are a great way to help everyone stay safe!
Here’s what the CDC recommends for disinfecting your home:
- Wear disposable gloves and always wash your hands after removing your gloves.
- First clean with soap and water, then use disinfectant.
- If anyone in your household is sick, keep one bedroom and bathroom dedicated for them, if possible.
- Use disinfectant on the EPA’s list.
On Moving Day, Have Hygiene Products on Hand
Moving involves a lot of walking back and forth and touching and handing off boxes. To reduce the risk of infection, make sure you have hygiene products on hand on the big day. Here’s a checklist of items to make sure you have available for anyone helping you move:
- Personal protective equipment, like extra masks and disposable gloves
- Hand sanitizer
- Soap and paper towels in the bathroom
Do as Much as Possible on Your Own
Moving during the pandemic is not ideal, but if it’s the best time for you, do as much as you can on your own with help from those in your household. Get supplies, get all the boxes packed and furniture disassembled, and move the boxes into a central location. Then on moving day, be sure to keep your distance.
“On moving day, you can remain outside while the movers do their job,” says Matt van Winkle, owner of RE/MAX Northwest Realtors in Seattle. “They can come outside to ask any questions, but you don’t need to be in the property while they’re working.”
Moving during the pandemic may feel like a lot, but the good news is you can take steps to stay safe. Clean and disinfect your home before the move, have supplies ready on moving day, and DIY as much as you can. Happy moving!