Moving Blog #3 - Tips on How To Move Safely During The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic
For most people, it is a daunting & difficult task to move. Moving disrupts your routine, can be mentally and physically draining, and cause anxiety and stress. If that's not demanding enough, now add the additional challenges associated with moving during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This blog will help point out a few tips and things to consider when moving during a pandemic.
LIMIT YOUR EXPOSURE IN PUBLIC
Make sure you have extra packing materials on hand.
"It’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it." - Woodrow F. Call
It’s easy to miscalculate the packing materials you need for your move. Running out of moving supplies on your move day is an avoidable occurrence that can waste valuable time and also jeopardize your safety. During the COVID-19 pandemic, a simple trip to the store may expose you to Coronavirus. Why risk your family’s health? Luckily we have a solution for this. During a Paula’s Movers Comprehensive FREE On-Site Moving Quote we can guide you ahead of time through your move and point out all the packing materials and special consideration for items you may need. To make things even easier, we offer moving materials for sale in advance. If you take advantage of our white glove moving service we’ll show up with those materials on your moving day and pack your belongings so you don’t have to.
Stay up-to-date on pandemic procedures and regulations from your local donation sites.
Moving is the perfect time to reduce some of the clutter and donate unwanted items. COVID-19 could effect collection procedures and even cause temporary closures to donation facilities. Check current procedures at your local Salvation Army or Goodwill locations ahead of time to stay informed and safe when donating unwanted items. The Coronavirus Pandemic could cause closures at your local donation sites. Plan ahead accordingly and stay informed so that you don’t end up with a truckload of items going to the trash that could have been given a second home and helped those in need.
THE IMPORTANCE OF HAND SOAP
Don’t forget regular soap - leave it in the bathroom until the very end.
We all love hand sanitizer but let’s not forget about the soap. The fact is your hands get dirty when you put in work, and moving is a lot of work! Even if you wear gloves, sweat will build up underneath and your hands will become dirty. This is even more important when moving during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic.
Did you know that 33% of people hire a moving company? It's likely you'll be interacting with people outside of your social bubble on your moving day. Face masks and Proper PPE protection is important, but do not forget good old fashioned hand soap.
Make sure to leave some essentials out on your long-distance moving day until the very end. A bar of soap and a roll of toilet paper should be left in the bathroom for you or your movers on moving day. The moving process could take quite a few hours. It’s inevitable that a few food and bathroom breaks will be needed during the process. At this point, everyone as heard the importance of proper handwashing in preventing the spread of Coronavirus.
Paula’s Movers wanted to remind everyone to wash your hands for at least 20-30 seconds to make sure they are cleaned thoroughly.
POINT TO CONSIDER WHEN MOVING DURING A PANDEMIC
A few other things to consider when moving during the pandemic.
• temporary government orders could prevent you from moving to and from your destinations
• regulations could prevent you from eating out during the pandemic
• grocery store shortages could affect you stocking up on certain items at your new home
• plan your route ahead to limit the number of stops, interactions with people, and potential exposure to Coronavirus
• social distancing guidelines may affect the number of people that can gather to help during the move
• the spread of COVID-19 could cause moving companies to be short-staffed
• there may be longer than usual delays in having internet services hooked up at your new address due to increased demand
• save some of your stimulus money to help with moving costs
• give yourself extra time and patience for everything, pandemic life is difficult for everyone
ADDITIONAL MOVING DURING A PANDEMIC INFORMATION
Paula's Movers is committed to making sure your move with us is accomplished safely and smoothly. We hope your family is staying safe during these challenging times. Stay up-to-date with information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
For New Yorker’s local information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we recommend you go to the State of New York's Coronavirus page.
For a general overview of the virus as it pertains to New Yorkers visit the State of New Yorks Protect Yourself & Family page.
For National Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates, we recommend you go to the United States Government's Coronavirus page.
You may also call the United State Government’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Hotline at 1-888-364-3065
The World Health Organization (WHO) will provide Coronavirus information as it pertains to more of the global community.
Google also has a helpful Coronavirus Information page.
For more general Coronavirus articles and information check out this page on The Conversation's website.