How to Safely Move During COVID-19
As our lives have been turned upside down during the coronavirus pandemic, everything seems uncertain. Information is constantly changing about what is and is not allowed or recommended. If you were planning on moving during this time, you may be wondering if you need to cancel your plans.
Corrigan Moving is considered an “essential business” in all states with a stay-at-home order and according to the Department of Homeland Security. This means that we will continue to provide our services to our customers and clients. Therefore, we can move you to your new home – as your local mover or your long-distance mover.
Below are some tips and advice to allow you to continue your move while remaining safe.
Before Your Move
Select your Local Mover or Long-Distance Mover Carefully
Now more than ever it’s important that you trust the company you are working with. Take some time to ask questions specific to the coronavirus pandemic. You are constantly seeing updates from businesses about what they are doing in response to COVID-19. Don’t assume that means every company is being responsible and has a policy to protect our community. Ask questions and make sure you’re comfortable with the answers:
- What precautions are you taking to keep your customers and employees safe?
- What precautions are you taking to protect your drivers and crew?
- What precautions do you recommend I take during my move?
- What will you do if it’s discovered that a worker or customer has been diagnosed with COVID-19?
- Do you have a list of FAQs or additional information that addresses moving during COVID-19 that I can review before I schedule my move with you?
Use Virtual Survey for your Move Estimate
While planning for your move, avoid unnecessary contact by using Virtual Survey. This is a secure video chat between you and a Corrigan representative. We will take a look at everything you need moved and be able to assess your moving estimate from there. At Corrigan, all move estimates are using virtual survey.
During your Move
Greet your Move Crew with a Smile, not a Handshake
We won’t be offering our hand to shake yours. Please don’t think us rude, we don’t want to spread germs.
Maintain your Distance
Keep at least 6 feet from all movers while we are in your home. If anyone in the family is not essential to answering questions – children, elderly, etc. – keep them in a separate room, if possible. If it’s not possible to keep 6-feet between you and another person, you should wear a mask, according to the CDC.
Wash your Hands, Of Course
Even though you are at home, wash your hands every 30 minutes. This will help remove any germs on your hands and keep you safe. Remember to avoid touching your face at all times. Your movers will apply hand sanitizer or wash their hands when they arrive at your home and at regular intervals, too.
After movers have finished with an area of your home, and after they have finished, sanitize all services. This includes doorknobs, counter surfaces, and everything in the bathroom.
When you arrive at your new home, disinfect all surfaces immediately. Also, sanitize after the moving crew finishes, just like at origin.
After Your Move
Continue to Sanitize
Clean all surfaces again once the moving crew has left your new home. Wipe down all furniture that will not be damaged by a disinfecting spray or wipe. Again, make sure you clean doorknobs, surfaces, and bathrooms.
Wait to Open Boxes, If You Can
Current studies show that the coronavirus cannot survive on cardboard for more than 24 hours. Therefore, if you can wait 24 hours to unpack, you can be confident that the boxes are safe to touch. As you unpack, you can sanitize your items before placing them in your cabinets and on shelves.
If at any point before, during, or after your move you suspect you’ve been exposed to the virus or develop symptoms, contact your move coordinator to determine what to do.
*These recommendations are current at the time of publication. However, since this situation is continually changing, please refer to the CDC for current and accurate information.
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