5 Key Mistakes to Avoid When Moving During the Pandemic
This year hasn’t been the year we all envisioned. Nobody anticipated an epidemic, not to speak anything of one that would bring the world to its knees. However, regardless of the pandemic still raging, life must continue. If you’re one of those people who are relocating at the moment, you have to take extra precautionary measures to protect yourself from COVID-19. In light of this, we’ve put together below a list of common mistakes you should watch out for during the moving process.
1. Forgetting to Ask Pertinent Safety Measures Questions
Moving is a hectic process. In the heat of the moment, you may forget to ask the most important questions when discussing with your movers. Before you engage any moving company, ensure you are satisfied with the answers they give you about their COVID-19 protective strategies. Since the coronavirus disease is very infectious, you should ask prospective moving companies if movers wear PPE and if they are adhering to social distancing rules. To help you remember your questions, you can jot them down on a note pad before reaching out to the moving company.
2. Failing to Protect Yourself Properly
While movers must have PPE, you and your family must have the same. This will serve as a double protection against getting infected if one of the protected movers has the disease. Furthermore, you could be an asymptomatic carrier and spreading the virus unintentionally. Thus, wearing masks and gloves will also help to mitigate the risk of infecting movers you’ll have contact with.
3. Not Maintaining Social Distancing Rules
Due to the nature of the coronaviruses, you should minimize physical contact to the barest minimum. If you are using a moving company, request a virtual survey of your properties instead of an in-person survey to reduce the risk of exposure to the virus. Furthermore, when you move to your new home, do not entertain visits from neighbors with gifts and foods. It’s a kind gesture, but this is not the time. You can stand six feet off while saying your hellos to your new neighbors.
4. Using Un-Sanitized Packing Boxes and Supplies
To cut costs, many people resort to borrowing used un-sanitized packing boxes and supplies. Some people even source for cardboard boxes from departmental stores. While this might be okay under ordinary circumstances, at the moment, it is extremely risky. Coronaviruses are known to survive on surfaces for several hours and days. Do not in a bid to save money pick up coronavirus with the un-sanitized moving boxes. To avoid the risks associated with cardboard or old packing boxes while still cutting costs, you should use ASM’s sanitized packing plastic boxes.
5. Failing to Disinfect Your New House
Even if your new home is a recently constructed building, there’s still a chance it is contaminated. For all you know, the previous owners, the realtor, or the people who came for the staging had the virus. To avoid getting infected, you need to have the house clean and disinfected by a professional. You can also do it on yourself, but make sure you take protective measures and do it appropriately.
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