The Coronavirus pandemic continues to spread throughout the country. Despite this, everyday life continues, and many people find themselves wondering how to stay safe while doing what they need to do. If you’re facing a move during COVID-19, you’re probably wondering how to keep yourself and your movers safe, and what the pandemic will mean for your big transition. In this post, we’ll share a few of our favorite practical tips to help you get on the road and into your new home, even in these uncertain times. Preparing for Your Move: Choosing the Right Team If you’re moving during the time of COVID, preparation is critical – especially if you’re planning to hire a moving company. Before your move date arrives, find out how the moving company you hire plans to ensure a safe move. Here are a few questions to ask your mover: What precautions is your team taking to limit the spread of COVID-19? How are you protecting your crew and drivers? What precautions do you recommend clients take right now? What is your protocol if one of your workers tests positive for COVID? Like many other industries, the moving industry has been forced to adapt in the face of COVID. Fortunately, most companies have established sweeping new protocols designed to keep you safe and help your move stay on track, regardless. 10 Tips to Stay Safe During Your Move Once you’ve hired your moving team, follow these tips to stay safe during the process: 1. Get a Virtual Quote Instead of inviting movers into your home to conduct an in-person quote, look for a team that provides virtual quotes. You’ll be able to use video chat or photographs to help the moving company give an estimate. 2. Understand What Happens if you Have to Reschedule In the time of COVID, the best-laid plans sometimes fail. With this in mind, understand what happens if you have to postpone or reschedule your move. Ideally, you want to work with a team that is flexible enough to provide refunds or no-cost rescheduling. 3. Clean and Disinfect Per CDC guidelines, cleaning and disinfecting is a critical step to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus. You might not want to invite professional cleaners into your home, though. Instead, learn how to clean and disinfect surfaces on your own. Wipe high-touch surfaces like doorknobs and light switches with disinfectant wipes and develop a disinfection schedule to keep your space clean throughout the move. 4. Avoid Physical Contact Now is not the time to greet your movers with a handshake. Instead, stick with a smile and be sure to observe social distancing guidelines throughout the process- maintaining at least six feet of distance at all times. 5. Wash Your Hands Routine hand washing is one of the most effective ways to protect yourself from Coronavirus. In addition to washing your hands frequently, be sure to ask your movers to do the same. 6. Limit Contact If you can, limit the amount of time you spend working alongside your movers. There are two good ways to do this. Either you hire the movers to pack and transport your items for you (And then vacate the premises while they work), or you pack your things and leave home while they load everything onto the truck. Even taking small steps to limit physical contact is a smart decision. 7. Wear Masks According to the CDC, “Everyone should wear a cloth face cover in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.” Be sure to maintain social distancing, even when you have your cloth mask on. 8. Self-Monitor for Symptoms Keep the people around you safe by monitoring yourself for symptoms, including the following: Fever or chills Cough Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing Fatigue Muscle or body aches Headache New loss of taste or smell Sore throat Congestion or runny nose Nausea or vomiting Diarrhea If you experience any of the following, get tested for COVID-19, and isolate yourself until you receive a negative result. 9. Disinfect Your New Home As you unpack your belongings, be sure to clean and disinfect your furniture as you go. Additionally, you’ll want to wipe down all the surfaces of your new home and properly dispose of packing material. 10. Postpone Housewarming Parties While everyone wants to celebrate a new home, it’s smart to avoid gatherings right now. Keep yourself and your loved ones safe by rescheduling the festivities for a time when the virus is no longer prevalent. Helping You Move Safely During COVID-19 Here at Gallo Moving and Storage, we understand that life must go on during COVID-19. Still, our team is dedicated to maintaining stringent safety standards to protect the health of your family and our movers. We’ve implemented new cleaning and disinfection protocols during the COVID-19 crisis, and are committed to continuing to provide safe, reliable moving services throughout the pandemic and beyond. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you.