It’s safe to say we think a lot more about the day-to-day tasks during the pandemic. From respecting others’ space to revamping our cleaning routines, we’ve taken a little more time out of our day to ensure that we all stay safe during the pandemic.
Events such as moving, however, are inevitable. Perhaps your lease is ending, and you’ve decided to transition somewhere else. Or maybe this year has brought new opportunities, and you’re moving on. While all of us at Villa Serrano will miss you, we want to ensure a smooth and easy transition; therefore, we’ve put together some tips and tricks to help you move safely during COVID-19.
Prepare in Advance
Nothing is more important than planning. According to Kurt Manwaring, a writer and contributor for Move.org, “While you may be allowed to move during COVID-19, that doesn’t mean it’s always in your best interest—or in the best interest of others.” It is essential to reference the CDC guidelines to ensure you follow best practices. If you or someone in your household is considered to be at risk, it is encouraged that you postpone or prepare an alternative option for moving safely.
For specific information on COVID-19 travel restrictions, guidance, and resources, visit the CDC website here.
Respect Those around You
Carefully select amongst your options for packing materials. Wear gloves and a mask, and use hand sanitizer and disinfectant when boxing up your household items. Ask your movers team to follow the same protocols to minimize the risk. Once you arrive at your destination, wait to unpack, as Coronavirus can survive on paper surfaces for up to 24 hours.
We’ve nailed down the basics of personal protective equipment and social distancing, but how do you continue to stay safe throughout your move?
Whether you choose to drive, fly, or use public transportation to get to your destination, there is always a risk of infection. Whether you’ve hired movers, enlisted friends and family, or simply need to exchange keys with management, moving will inevitably bring you into contact with other people. Dr. Shanina C. Knighton, a nurse scientist who studies infection prevention at Case Western Reserve University, recommends you choose to move during a weekday morning, as this tends to be the time of day with the least amount of movement amongst the general public.
Moving during the COVID-19 pandemic can seem overwhelming. That said, if you follow our tips and tricks above and practice good personal hygiene, you’re doing your part to stay safe.