Home Shifting Tips for Moving During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Relocation is an incredibly stressful situation in both an individual's life and the life of their family as it means leaving many memories, friends, and familiar surroundings behind. It not only involves a lot of running around and gets chaotic, but this has gotten even more intimidating, taxing, and perplexing due to the current Novel Corona Virus situation also known as COVID-19.
Packers and movers will help you in this daunting task. But, before you give access to the movers into your home, you will want to know and make sure that they are taking all the necessary precautions during this pandemic. Ask yourself the right questions, like what would be the health of moving personnel, cleanliness of boxes & other packaging material, and how clean and safe would it be to shift your goods in their relocation trucks, and so on. You also need to check if the shifting company is regularly checking and monitoring the temperature of all their staff to make sure they don’t involve unwell moving labor during your relocation.
As per experts, March marks the beginning of moving season in India during which almost tens of thousands of people everyday relocate either locally or domestically. But, ever since this pandemic has struck India, a lockdown has been imposed in several areas, and the government has divided all cities into Red, Orange, and Green zones, based on the number of positive cases as well as casualties in that locality. Therefore, before you hurry to move by yourself or find relocation experts for your relocation, you need to ensure the COVID-19 situation is under control and also take into consideration the possibility of an imposed lockdown in your current locality or the new one.
Social distancing has become the new norm these days, where the simple Indian style ‘Namaste’ has become the new ‘Hello, hi’ throughout the world. Maintaining a physical distance of at least 6 feet from others is by far the most proven technique for preventing/slowing down the virus spread and safeguarding ourselves from contracting or coming in close contact with a possible COVID-19 carrier.
Moving during this time is highly risky as you will have to allow a lot of people to enter your home and touch almost all of your belongings for packing, loading, unloading, and finally even unpacking them at your new home. It is also for this reason, that it’s best to think well and hard about the absolute necessity and urgency of your move; if it is possible to delay the move until this pandemic blows over, then you should wait it out to ensure you and your family’s safety. However, if your relocation is inevitable for whatever reasons, it’s particularly important that you beware of the dangers and take all possible precautions to make sure that neither you nor someone else contract the virus while shifting.
Read on to learn about the various safety measures you will have to follow to make sure you have a secure and protected move.
Tip #1: Stock up on a lot of hygiene products
During these chaotic times, when the pandemic is ravaging through the world, it is best to prioritize the safety of you and your family. It’s important to keep washing your hands or sanitizing them every few minutes, especially if you get too close to the movers or touched a surface that was previously touched by others.
Here are some Hygiene products that can keep you safe, and make sure you have enough of it for you as well as your movers before they arrive on the big moving day.
- Hand Sanitizers & Hand wash
- Disposable Gloves
- Disposable Paper Towels
- Facial Tissue & Wet Wipes
- Soap & Water
Tip #2: Make sure your movers are taking precautions for their staff
This is not only for you but also as a precautionary measure for the moving labor that will be coming to work in your house. Instruct them to take care of the following things:
- Check all the employee's temperature who will be arriving on moving day to make sure no one is ill.
- Provide them with face masks, face shields, gloves, and proper PPE.
- Keep a safe distance between you and them at all times.
- If you have kids below the age of 10 years and adults over 60, let them stay in a separate room to avoid coming in contact with outsiders as they are the most vulnerable when it comes to this virus.
- Ask them to let you know if any of their staff is experiencing flu-like symptoms.
Tip #3: Disinfect your goods and new home before moving in
You should clean everything before you pack it with a disinfectant, so the virus is killed if it is lurking on any surface. You can take this opportunity to clean the beautiful vase that was gifted to you by your mom on your birthday that was collecting dust all these years. Or that cup or medal that you won in school all those years back. You can clean your TV, music system, and other items before you pack. If you had items that you wanted to donate you should clean these items and donate them. If your local donations are closed (due to it being in a red zone), then you can find other centres that are willing to accept your generous donation.
Before you move into your new home try to clean every visible surface possible, as many people may have touched the door handles or other places which could be contaminated. Cleaning the entire home before moving your things in will help you reduce the risk of living with the virus and possibly getting affected.
If you’ve run out of sanitizers, there’s no need to worry, as it’s amazingly easy to make a disinfectant on your own using commonly available household products, such as:
- Dilute bleach in water and use it to clean the floors, windows, doors, etc.
- Mix soap and water to clean appliances like sofa, fridge, cupboards, etc.
Tip #4: Avoid old/reused packing & moving material
We are very responsible and dedicated citizens and a lot of us are becoming environmentalists and hate wasting paper or any such resources. But during a pandemic, we must put safety above all else. The virus can stay until 24 hours in cardboard and up to 3 days on plastic. Hence, we must avoid reusing packaging material and also advise the packing company to do so, this will reduce the chances of the spread of the virus. Though it can get expensive, you will ensure the safety of you and your family.
Tip #5: Maintain distance between yourself & movers
Moving day can be stressful, with many people coming and going in your home, you need to maintain precautions and the most important one is to have at least 2 feet of distance between you and the next person.
Make sure that you and the person close to your vicinity is wearing a mask and gloves.
Tip #6: If your family involves high-risk members, avoid the move at all costs
If you have kids below the age of 10 years, adults above the age of 60 years, or even pregnant women in your family, it would be best to drop the move for now. Older people may already have respiratory ailments and other cardiovascular diseases and their immunity would be weakest. Exposing them to all this can increase their chances of contracting the disease. And no move is worth for you to risk your life and the life of your family. So, if it's possible to try to delay the move until such a time that it is safe and easy to move around outside.
The Final Tip
Personal and family safety should be given the utmost priority during these times.
So, when you approach movers, you need to make sure that they are adhering to the safety norms set by the government and are in tandem with the on-going pandemic prevention techniques.
Also, remember to sanitize all your belongings & new home before moving in and re-clean all goods after moving. And, make sure to inform your shifting company to only make use of new packaging material and not reuse old ones from previous moves. This way you will reduce the risk of the virus staying on common surfaces which you or your family members may touch and contract the virus.
Always sanitize/wash your hands frequently after touching any surfaces, especially when the movers are at your home. Take care of yourself and your family during the pandemic.
Stay home and stay safe.