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Moving During COVID-19

By: Tanya Torres

                            Photo by Brian McGowan on Unsplash

When you decide to move from your comfortable home to a new one, you begin to feel different kinds of emotions because of the move. It can be frightening, frustrating, tiring and exciting all at the same time. However, when you face a big move during a global health crisis, it can really put a halt on everything in your life which is something that is going on currently for many of us in the world. With the COVID-19 pandemic, we have to listen to a new set of rules and that sometimes means only going out for essential reasons which are for groceries and doctor appointments in some cases. It is completely understandable if some of us are unsure of whether they can move due to these changes which is why we have created a list of information to help those preparing to move know what to expect when the day arrives.

 

What is COVID-19?

The COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus that had not been identified in humans until the outbreak began in China last year in December. This virus can cause illnesses such as the common cold to more severe diseases like the Severe Acute Respiratory syndrome (SARS) and more and can cause death in some cases. The symptoms can appear anywhere from 2 to 14 days of being exposed. For information on it, you can go to CDC’s website and learn more about the symptoms and input any symptoms you have in the self-checker. 

 

Are You Allowed to move? 

If you are about to move or were preparing to move and the current pandemic is making you wonder if you can still move or not then you are in luck. You are still able to move during the quarantine. However, it is important to remember that you check before you begin your move if you hired a moving company to help you out. You can also go one step further and contact your elected officials to see whether you are able to conduct a move at this time due to the travel and gathering restrictions. We recommend that you still practice the social distancing guidelines and only move if it is necessary and essential. 

 

Should I Wait to Move? 

Right now everyone in the world is afraid of the consequences of becoming sick and not obeying the regulations which is why you will need to determine if you should move or not. Although you can move, it may not be in your best interest to do so at this time because of the possibility of becoming sick or getting others sick. If you are still interested in moving then you can follow the recommendations set by the Center for Disease and Prevention (CDC). 

 

Deep Clean

When you move anywhere, it is always recommended to clean your new home no matter how clean it looks to you. It is recommended to clean it because you never know what lies beneath the surface of your new home. For example, it may seem clean but it may still have germs left on the surfaces and dead skin and debris that may go unnoticed while you frantically move your items into your new home. It is better safe than sorry which is why we recommend that you give your new home a deep clean, especially because of the crisis we are going through in the entire world. 

 

Although you may not want to add another task to your to do list for your move, attempting to find a cleaning crew to clean your home may not be an easy option for you. A lot of places are closed right now and are practicing social distance to ensure that their employees are protected from the virus which decreases your chances of finding a place to hire. If you do find a place to clean your home, you won’t even know if they may unknowingly be carrying around the virus because they could be asymptomatic. 

To ensure that you and whoever else will be moving into the new home is protected, we recommend that you load up on a lot of cleaning supplies such as cloths, rags and so on to disinfect all surfaces of your new home. 

 

Movers

If you have hired some movers to help you during this time then it is extremely crucial to still take cleaning precautions when the job is over. Although the moving company will be practicing cleanliness, especially now more than ever, it is better safe than sorry when it comes to this virus. As mentioned above, the virus is asymptomatic which means that if the mover even coughs or sneezes on your furniture, it will be compromised. Once the moving job is over, you will need to still sanitize all of your belongings and your home before settling in. 

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