The covid-19 pandemic has changed the way we live our day to day life around the world.
Gone are the days when there is the freedom to move from one place to another. These days everyone is more conscious of getting infected so contact with one another has become limited.
Regardless of the pandemic, life has to go on, and moving houses is one of the processes that has become quite strained due to the pandemic.
Many people have simply decided to push the moving date forward and remain where they are until are sure it’s safe to.
However, for many people, moving cannot be pushed until the pandemic is over. This is because many have leases that are ending, others have just sold or purchased a new home and moving has become important.
If you are moving this pandemic and you wonder if you should move and how to go about it, keep reading this article for more insights.
Are moving services available?
This is the first thing that should cross your mind when moving. It is virtually impossible to relocate without the services of movers.
Due to the pandemic, many non-essential services are closed. This closure varies from city to city of course so it’s best to carry out your research to know if moving companies around you are open.
This goes without saying that many major movers across many cities remain open during the pandemic to help those who need to move from one place to another.
If you have scheduled a move, you need to contact your moving company to ensure that they are still available to make the move for you to avoid disappointments.
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Social distancing means keeping a certain distance from others at all times. This is an effort to curb the spread of the virus.
Of course, this makes being in a closed-up space with someone not a member of your family difficult if the protocols are to be observed. If you are moving alone, this might be tricky if you do not have help and have to sort out neighbors to help with moving.
A good option is to hire a moving company. With this, you do not need to be physically present in the room while the moving is ongoing. They will send people to do all the heavy lifting without requiring your input.
Moreover, many moving companies ensure that their staff observes the Covid-19 protocols during and outside the jobs.
Is moving important during Covid-19?
While many moving companies are fully operational during the covid-19, moving houses is still risky during the pandemic. If you do not have a pressing need to move, then you should postpone it.
However, as mentioned above, moving may not be optional for some and if you fall into that category and are trying to move, consider the following things.
- If you or anyone in your household has an increased risk of getting very sick if they contract the covid-19 virus.
- If the community you are living or moving to has a high rate of Cocid-19 cases
- If the relocation will put you within 6 feet of contact with other people you do not live with.
If all of these things can be avoided during your move, then you can go ahead with the move. If the moving can be delayed, then you should definitely delay as much as you can until the social distancing measures are eased.
If you do not have much choice than to move, then working with your moving company to ensure that the move is as seamless as possible and with the least contact as possible.
Moving by yourself?
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Moving by yourself may seem like a safer option while moving houses. This is however only true if you would strictly be doing the moving by yourself. If you are having a couple of friends over to help with the move, the risks are still pretty much the same.
If you can handle moving by yourself without needing help with the heavy stuff, then you can go ahead and do this.
If you must have friends over to help, make sure you plan out the move ahead and ensure that all Covid1-19 processes are observed during the move.
Other tips to help you move safely
- Inform your moving company if you or anyone in your family is sick or experiencing covid19 symptoms
- Use the new box in packing, not recycled boxes
- Give your movers space to do their jobs
- Provide hygiene materials (masks, sanitizers, etc.) for your movers
- Cancel if you or any member of your family is at high risk of contracting covid-19
- Inform your moving company on time if anything changes or if you are canceling the move.
In conclusion, moving during a pandemic may be a hassle. It is therefore important to weigh the pros and cons of doing so before proceeding. A moving company will help you move as fast and as contact-free as possible.
About The Author:
Stacey Smith is a freelance health writer. She is passionate to write about women’s health, dental health, diabetes, endocrinology, and nutrition and provides in-depth features on the latest in health news for medical clinics and health magazines.