It’s no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has left many of us examining our choices and priorities. With hours spent alone while social distancing, we have had plenty of time to reconsider who we want to be and what we truly care about. This has meant something different for everyone. While some have realized that they like where they are, others have decided on spending more time with their families by moving back home. For others, it has meant taking a leap and moving somewhere completely new.
If you’re part of the last group, you’re probably wondering how to ensure the health and safety of you and your family while moving in the middle of a pandemic. Luckily, there are plenty of precautions you can take to help ease your mind. You don’t have to feel trapped where you are. Here are a few important safety tips to guide you through moving during COVID-19.
Break Up Your Move into Achievable Goals
Moving is intimidating enough, let alone during a pandemic. As you prepare to move, the long list of things you have to complete before the big moving day can be way too overwhelming. A great way to combat this is to create a plan for packing, hiring a moving company or moving alone, and deep-cleaning your belongings. Make a list of your priorities, then break them down into daily tasks that you can accomplish each day without feeling overwhelmed.
Instead of leaving all the packing for the last few days in your home, start small and pack a box a day. Not only will this save you stress, but you will be able to disinfect all your belongings as you pack, saving you from a huge headache later when you adapt to your new home. You’ll be surprised by how much you can get done without stressing yourself out too much.
Continue to Practice Social Distancing
According to the CDC, the best way to stop the spread of COVID-19 is to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Moving day is not the time to experiment with what is safe to do. Wear your mask, limit contact with movers and loved ones, and try to stay six feet apart from others at all times.
Ask questions before your move so you are prepared to follow your moving company’s COVID-19 procedures. Follow up on their cancellation policy in case you should feel sick come moving day, and make sure you feel comfortable with their social distancing practices. You can never ask too many questions, so ask away if you’re unsure of something.
Another great way you can help keep people safe and clean is to set up a clean-up station next to your front door. Put out hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, rubber gloves, and fresh masks for people to use whenever they need to.
Stock Up on Supplies In Advance
While stocking up on used boxes is normally an excellent way to save some money during a move, now is not the time to take any chances. Buy new boxes from home improvement stores or off of Amazon, or use boxes you have saved up in your home from previous purchases. Germs can live on cardboard for up to 24 hours, and you don’t want to introduce anything into your old or new home.
It’s also a good idea to stock up on cleaning supplies so you won’t run out of anything on moving day. Basically, the best thing you can do to prepare for moving during COVID-19 is to prepare. You won’t regret taking the time early on to think through everything.
Thanks to these safety tips, you don’t have to put your life on hold, and you can still prioritize your health. Now is the time to reconsider what we want from our lives and work on making it happen. We are here to support you through these choices however we can. We can’t wait to welcome you to your new home at The Lincoln on Grand!