What is Coronavirus?
According to the World Health Organization, “Coronavirus, also know as COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.”
COVID-19 is a new strain in an existing group of coronaviruses that can circulate amongst both animals and humans. It is extremely contagious and spreads from person-to-person through droplets from the nose or mouth, which is why social distancing measures are highly important.
Coronavirus Pandemic & Your Long-Distance Move
The coronavirus arrived on the United States’ shores in 2020, throwing our daily lives into uncertainty and chaos. It was not long before cities and states shut down to control the virus and flatten the curve of infection. The shutdown brought businesses to a standstill and expectations that people would shelter in place.
Even after companies and communities started to open, nothing has returned to resemble the normalcy we had previously seen. However, throughout the shutdown and continuing until today, much of life must continue. Our team knows that many people still need to move homes during this new and uncertain time, so we’ve committed to taking all possible steps to ensure that your move is as safe as possible.
Moving is an essential service, and Busy Beez Movers will continue to move our customers forward.
Thousands of people across the United States either by eviction, moving to new jobs, changing address or selling their homes must make plans for a long-distance move. In today’s environment, with COVID-19 infections continuing to spread, we will discuss steps for protecting yourself and others while making your long-distance move across cities or local move.
Tips For Your Relocation During COVID-19 Pandemic
1. Make Sure Your Moving Company Follows Safe and Preventive Coronavirus Practices
When hiring a moving crew such as moving company Greenville Busy Beez Movers, you must assume they arrive already infected with the coronavirus. Interactions, starting with the initial appraisal through the final unloading day, must be taken into consideration and planned.
Your new moving company probably already has in place safety measures for interacting with customers during the pandemic. Enquire about these and ask them to send you a written list of the steps they have in place so that you can maintain and follow their rules during the move. Also, notify the long distance movers if you have any special needs that may not be part of their risk mitigation plan. Most companies are willing to make accommodations to help their customers feel safe. By now, everyone is aware of the importance of social distancing and wearing a mask; this is essential when interacting with the moving crew, who should also be wearing masks while working around you and your belongings during the entire time of the move.
Instead of a personal visit to your home to give a quote, ask moving companies you interview if they can do a virtual tour virtual quote without visiting. A virtual visit should not be an issue as most residential moving companies have aligned themselves with these types of requests. If the moving company does not agree, there are plenty of others who will. Busy Beez Movers will provide you a free of cost estimate without visiting you.
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2. Only Use New Packing Boxes for Your Move
It is usually cheaper to borrow cardboard boxes or pick them up behind grocery stores for free before your move. With the virus lasting up to 24 hours on cardboard, it’s good to use new cardboard boxes for your move. Keeping the length of surface contamination in mind, if you are moving only a few hours away, your boxes may be contaminated when unloaded into your new home. You have two choices: wait an extra day before unpacking, or disinfect the boxes before handling and opening them yourself.
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3. Learn How to Pack and Unpack Your Own Belongings
Moving companies sometimes help their customers pack items. If you are moving during covid, it’s good to have all of your packages sealed and ready to load when the moving company arrives. Research has shown the coronavirus stays on plastic and some metals for up to 3 days and cardboard for 24 hours. This means any objects the moving company touches inside your boxes may have a live virus for up to 3 days allowing you to become infected when you unpack your belongings in your new home.
Clean and sanitize all your belongings before the move
If you have the move set, you will want to make sure that your belongings are not compromised. Everything that you touch daily needs to be cleaned and sanitized. In fact, you would do well to clean and sanitize everything you’ve come into contact with in the last week. Just to be on the safe side. The way that the new virus spreads is mostly by droplets but it can stay on surfaces for prolonged periods of time, as well. That is why you need to do your best to make sure that all of your items are virus-free.
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4. Avoid Catching Coronavirus from Friends & Family
If having family members outside your home or friends help pack items before the move, do not assume they are virus-free. Moving can be hard work, and help always makes it easier, but If you can complete the work yourself without the help of others, your chances of staying safe improves. If you cannot get by without the help of others, social distancing and masks should be used, just as practiced in public. For an extra precaution, have those helping, wipe down items with a disinfectant to guarantee the virus isn’t traveling inside the boxes.
5. Rethink Your Transportation Options During Your Move
Although catching the coronavirus on planes appears rare, airports are indoor facilities where the virus may spread. If you choose to fly to your new destination, follow recommended practices and airline rules to stay safe from infection. An even better idea is if you have the ability, choose to drive to your new home. Outside of the occasional stop, you will be isolated away from others who may spread the coronavirus. Driving your car can also save you money in the long run, since you will not have to pay a service to transport your vehicle to your new home during the move.
6. Staying Safe Driving to Your New Home Is the Best You Can Do
If you choose to drive instead of flying to your new home, you may have to stay the night at a hotel while on your journey. It’s a good idea to research what hotels have adequate coronavirus policies online or by questioning employees before checking in. If at any period you feel the cleanliness of the hotel is not up to par, choose another location. Another extra precaution is to carry disinfectant with you to spray items down in your hotel room or even to use during bathroom stops along the way.
Remember, every city and town along the journey will have different regulations or rules in place. Many communities have been rigorous in their coronavirus policies, while others are laxer. Get a feel for the area you’re in and if not comfortable, either move on to the new location or take extra precautions to protect yourself from others who may not have the same care.
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7. Plan Utility Activations For Your New Home In Advance
In the past, you may have had to visit your new cable, energy, or phone company in-person to add services to your new home, and some small towns still may have these requirements. If possible, complete all transactions to have these services activated online and as early as possible. As utility companies have instituted new coronavirus policies, it is taking longer to establish services.
By following these tips, you can significantly increase your chances of staying safe during your long-distance move. As always and when in doubt, practice social distancing, wear a mask around others, and wash your hands. Stay safe.
Some additional steps in the move process include:
Validating with you in advance of service that there is no one in the home or business that is exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID‐19 or has had signs of illness in the previous 14 days, or is self‐isolating, and identify if there are high‐risk individuals.
Mandating crews to bring required sanitary products such as disinfecting wipes, disposable towels, soap, and hand sanitizer with minimum 60% alcohol.
Limiting physical contact and maintaining social distancing (six feet / two meters) including not shaking hands.
Limiting contact by providing one point of contact with the crew.
Use a mask at all times.
Busy Beez Movers are here to help make you feel better about moving during COVID-19 Pandemic
Our team at Busy Beez Movers understands that moving is something that can be quite stressful on its own, without the added fear of compromising your health and safety during this pandemic. As such, we’re working harder than ever to help make our customers feel better about moving and storage.
Is it Safe to Move During the Coronavirus Pandemic?
Yes, moving during the COVID-19 epidemic is safe as long as you follow recommended guidelines on social distancing, hand washing, and other practices.
The American Moving & Storage Association has made recommendations for both movers and consumers to make moving during coronavirus as safe as possible.
We hope this post has informed you of important factors to consider during your relocation. You should now understand how to prepare for a long distance move during the new coronavirus pandemic and we wish you the best.