It can be difficult to move. You must plan, organize, declutter, pack, move, and unpack your belongings. However, if you are sick, relocating may not only seem more difficult but it can feel impossible. If you have found that you or your family have become sick before your big move, whether it’s from the flu, a cold, or COVID-19, here are some recommendations.
Hiring A Professional Moving Company
The majority of professional movers recognize that your safety and possessions are vital throughout any relocation. When it comes to your safety and health, the moving company you hire must show that they have your best interests in mind. Speak with your professional moving company about the steps they are taking to guarantee a safe relocation in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines. Some questions to ask moving companies are:
What precautions do the movers take to prevent the spread of sickness?
Will the movers be wearing PPE?
Does the moving company provide its employees with PPE supplies?
What happens if an employee is ill?
What happens if the homeowner or family member becomes ill?
What Precautions Should Be Taken By A Homeowner
We request that you observe fundamental PPE wearing, social distancing practices, hygiene, and cleaning procedures. Among them are the following:
- Refraining from any physical involvement in the move.
- Keep a 6-foot separation between yourself and the movers and drivers while they work.
- Requesting that movers wash their hands before assisting you with your relocation.
- Before your movers come, clean all furniture and high-touch surfaces.
- Once the relocation is completed, all packing materials must be disposed of.
If you are not thought to be at risk of having Covid-19, you may wish to go forward with your move. In any event, if you are not feeling well, please notify your moving coordinator. They will go through the necessary safety procedures put in place as well as other solutions.
*If public health officials order quarantine, moving services should be postponed. If you have imposed a self-quarantine as a result of your concerns, please consult with your moving coordinator or sales representative to identify the next steps.
Cleaning Before Moving
Hiring professional cleaners to assist with your move-in/move-out cleaning may be a great way to save time. You may, however, opt to clean the home yourself.
The CDC makes the following basic guidelines for home cleaning:
Clean regularly touched surfaces (for example, tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks, and electronics) on a regular basis using “items suited for the surface, following label directions.”
When using cleaning products, pay special attention to the safety precautions. For example, never combine bleach with ammonia or any other cleaning; and, if necessary, use rubber gloves and other protective equipment or PPE supplies. Increase ventilation by opening windows and doors to let in fresh air.
Wearing PPE and Social Distancing
Unless a client expressly waives the use of COVID-19 preventative measures, wearing PPE supplies and social distancing are still necessary for all crew members performing in-home services. While staff will not inquire about your vaccination status, as a client, you may freely share this information with your moving coordinator if you choose.
Cleaning After Your Move
In addition to cleaning your furniture and possessions as you unpack, make sure that all packing materials are appropriately disposed of. If you have any concerns about the disposal or recycling of boxes and other packaging materials, don’t hesitate to get in touch with your local municipality in your new town.
*These Guidelines are suggestions based on current CDC guidelines and are subject to change depending on our increasing knowledge of COVID-19, equipment availability, each customer’s personal preferences, and any federal, state, and municipal laws that may be published from time to time.
S&M Moving Systems
We combine the knowledge and skills required to provide you with award-winning service and solutions at S&M Moving Systems. We’ve been moving families since 1918, and our expertise and knowledge will save you time and money while providing the most comprehensive full-service relocation in the business. You can review the S&M Moving COVID-19 guidelines online. Contact us today to learn more about what you should do if you or a family member is sick from a cold, the flu, or COVID-19 and your movers are scheduled to arrive.