How To Move During Covid-19 Pandemic
The current pandemic we’re facing (COVID-19 or the Coronavirus) is disorientating and frightening to say the least, and many people are uncertain about what they can and can’t do, and more importantly how they should be going about tasks to ensure the safety of themselves and others.
At New Horizon Movers, we specialize in moving of every sort, and currently we’re getting a significant number of questions from our clients regarding if they can move forward with a scheduled or planned move. We want you to know that yes, you can still move.
As we move forward with this page, we’re going to cover what you should know about moving during the COVID-19 pandemic and how you should move during these times.
Need to move during the Coronavirus pandemic?
Can I Move During COVID-19?
Yes, you can continue with a move during the Coronavirus. As it stands, moving companies have been considered an essential business in Pennsylvania. As businesses and people still need to move, are in the middle of their moves, and have leases ending, our moving company is still operational during COVID-19.
What We’re Doing
At New Horizon Movers, we’re strictly following the guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 — guidelines such as social distancing, thorough hand washing, and proper sanitation. That being said, we’re going above and beyond with our current sanitation practices to go the extra mile.
Some of the measures our Pennsylvania moving company is taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are:
- Non-handshake greetings
- Remote/virtual estimates
- Glove and sanitizer utilization during moves
Plus, our moving teams consist of a few professional movers which means there will be less people coming in contact with you and our workers will be able to more effectively practice social distancing. Finally, we’ve facilitated our operation to ensure that each moving team is interacting with as few individuals each day as possible.
We’ve been proactive with this pandemic, instructing workers to stay home if they’re feeling the slightest bit unwell for the past few weeks, and our logistical services are isolated from client-facing workers and staffed to comply with COVID-19 regulations.
Before we get started discussing what you’ll need to do if you’re moving forward with a move during this time, please note that the American Moving And Storage Association (AMSA) has recommended that if you’re able, you postpone your move to take further steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, if you need to continue with your move, we’re here to help like always.
What You Need To Do
We are following the guidelines created by the AMSA and need our customers to do so as well to safely move during this pandemic. This is a summary of what you should do to safely work with us:
Get A Virtual Estimate
If you’ve not yet received your moving estimate from us, we will conduct a virtual estimate remotely so we can give you an accurate estimate on the cost of your move while also preventing unnecessary face-to-face contact. Fortunately, the current state of our technology allows us to easily connect without coming to your location. If you are concerned that you don’t have the technological capabilities for a virtual estimate, simply contact us to determine an alternative plan of action.
Upgraded Sanitation Practices
While we are tenaciously sanitizing our workspaces, equipment, and selves, we ask that you take the time to sanitize what you’re able to and follow the proper COVID-19 guidelines, especially if you or anyone you’ve been in contact with has been feeling unwell or exposed to the Coronavirus.
If you’re packing your own belongings, use new storage containers or ones you’ve had stored away in your home. If you could take the extra step to sanitize boxes and other storage containers we’ll be handling, it’d be much appreciated.
It’s imperative that if you have been in contact with or potentially exposed to the Coronavirus you disclose that to us. If you have, we can implement specialized measures or postpone your move till we can ensure the virus won’t be spread through the course of a move.
As you prepare for your move, socially distance, stay in your home or apartment, continue to wash your hands, take care of yourself, and self-isolate yourself if you’re feeling unwell. This way you can be sure that you won’t get infected as you’re waiting to move.
Prepare For The Day
When it’s time to move, ensure that you have somewhere you can be where you’ll be able to comfortably socially distance until the movers are done. If the weather’s suitable, open some windows to keep fresh air flowing (this actually also helps prevent the spread of COVID-19), and if possible, leave some hand-washing and extra sanitization materials available for those who will be in the space during the move.
Donate Shelf-Stable Foods You Were Going To Throw Away
While you move, you can also help those affected by the pandemic. Move For Hunger will take your donated foods and distribute them to those in need.
There’s no denying that this is a frightening time, but our best advice is to prepare, not panic. Check out these resources for helpful news, information, and updates on COVID-19.