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Tips for a Safe Move During a Pandemic

Moving is always a stressful and overwhelming situation, but moving during a pandemic may take your stress and frustration to a whole new level. Whether you had a planned move or you have to move unexpectedly, as long as it’s done responsibly, moving during a pandemic with the help of moving services Ottawa is a possibility. It is important to take extra precautions and to be as prepared as possible before moving day arrives. Here are a few tips to help ensure your move is as safe and smooth as possible. 

DIY or Hire a Moving Service?

Utilizing the experience of moving services Ottawa will make the process much easier, but doing it yourself may be the safest method. During a pandemic, the fewer people you and your family interact with the less risk there is of spreading the virus. If you are concerned about hiring a full-service moving company, there are ways to utilizing their services while limiting contact. For instance, instead of hiring packing labor, pack everything yourself, and have all items in one room, close to the front door of your current home. This will prevent labors and movers from going in and out and limit contact between you and the movers. The same concept applies when your items are delivered to the new house; just have the movers put as many items in one central location.

Consider Using a Portable Moving Container

If you are concerned about contact with others, consider using a portable moving container. This will allow you to move items from your current house, put them in the moving container, and then the moving service will pick the full container up and transport it to your new home. This will help you to get your items transported without any social contact, which significantly decreases the safety risks and ensures that your items won’t be touched by others. Keep in mind that when you use a moving container, you are responsible for loading and unloading the container and you will need to thoroughly clean the container once it’s empty.

Disinfect Throughout the Day

The pandemic has everyone on edge, so do not feel embarrassed or awkward about taking extra precautions. On moving day, keep hand soap, paper towels, and hand sanitizer available for both you and the movers. Also, be sure to routinely disinfect counters and other frequently touched surfaces throughout the day. As each room is emptied, be sure to wipe surfaces, such as light switches and doorknobs with a disinfectant cleaner. As uncomfortable as it may be, remember to wear a mask and encourage the movers to do the same. 

The most important thing you can do for your safety and the safety of those from the moving company is to postpone the move if anyone in your household has been recently sick or if they are showing signs of the virus. Moving may be important, but remember that the movers that are helping would be exposed as well, so it’s better to be safe and postpone the move than put your family and others at risk of getting sick.


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