Since March 2020, the United States – and indeed, the rest of the world – has been gripped by the Coronavirus pandemic. While the vaccine program is slowing down the spread and there is light at the end of the tunnel, it is still something that affects almost every aspect of our lives. That includes moving house.
Here, we look at some tips to help make moving house during a pandemic a little less stressful and a little safer. Read on to find out more.
When it comes to packaging materials, buy more than you will need
In an ideal world, we would all be doing everything that we possibly can to reduce the amount of single use and disposable materials that we use. However, during a pandemic, things are a little different. You will want to reduce the number of times you need to go to the store to pick up packaging materials so buy more than you think you will need in terms of plastic and bubble wrap, cardboard boxes, labels and packing tape.
If you are careful, most things can be reused afterwards. Pop them on your local Facebook group. People always need packing materials and you can arrange a socially distanced collection.
Check the donation procedures for local areas
One thing that many people do – and for good reason – when packing up to move house is to have a big declutter. Often, things that are no longer needed or wanted are donated to local charity shops and centers, such as the Salvation Army or Goodwill. However, depending on where you are, this may not be possible at the moment, or the way that goods can be donated may have changed. Some places are not accepting donations at all; others are but are limiting what they can have so that they can adequately quarantine goods before reselling them.
Each state or area has different rules when it comes to virus restrictions. It is important therefore that you check your local site rather than the national site to see what the procedure is.
Hand washing and mask wearing
It is something that most of us should be doing anyway, but when it comes to moving house, it is something that will protect you and your family as well as the moving companies that are helping you.
Wearing a mask, especially for long days where lots of physical labor is involved, can be uncomfortable. They can get hot, and we all want to whip them off for some big deep breaths of fresh air. That is fine if you are well away from everyone, but when around movers and other people, it is essential that you keep your mask on. Remember, if you do touch your mask or your face, you should wash your hands thoroughly.
When it comes to hand washing, many people have been conditioned to think that hand sanitizer is the best solution. While it is helpful, especially in a moving situation, it is no substitute for proper hand washing with soap and hot water. Make sure that soap is one of the first things that you unpack so that everyone can wash their hands properly. You may also want to provide disposable paper towels for people to dry their hands on rather than using hand towels.
Check apartment rules
If you are moving into an apartment block, make sure you are fully au fait with their rules. Many are only allowing one move a day to reduce the number of people in and out of the building that does not live there. There may be restrictions on times that you can move and how many people can be helping you.
Give yourself a break
Life has been a lot harder for everyone during the pandemic, and if you throw a house move in on top of that, it can be really stressful. It is important to cut yourself some slack and remember that it is difficult at the best of times, let alone with an outbreak of a virus. You may be trying to balance working from home and homeschooling your children while packing up to move. Queues in stores take longer because of social distancing and additional hygiene measures. You may have a smaller removal team in order to adhere to social distancing measures. Everything is a little harder and takes a little longer. This can be incredibly frustrating when you just want to be in and settled in your new home, but give yourself – and the people who are helping you – a break.