Moving can be one of the most stressful events in your life, but it doesn’t have to be! Hiring professional movers is the perfect way to make moving easier. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has opened all our eyes to the need for keeping your move and your home sanitary during the process. Our team at Adam’s Moving Service are local movers Seattle residents can depend on for sanitary moving service. Like other moving companies in Seattle, our essential workers have adapted their methods and processes to help make moving day as safe and as clean as possible. Here’s what we’re doing to keep your move sanitary and a few tips for things you can do to help.
Cleaning Practices at Adam’s Moving
Residential moving companies have the responsibility to apply the highest standards of cleanliness and safety during each move. Our residential movers help prevent the spread of germs and keep their fellow team members safe by doing the following:
- We closely monitor the health of our staff daily and require them to stay home if they are feeling any symptoms.
- We have educated our staff on personal hygiene, hand sanitizing, social distancing, and restrict handshaking with customers and coworkers during this time.
- We disinfect all vehicles and equipment before and after every shift.
- Our crews have gloves, masks, hand sanitizer, and antibacterial soap with them at appointments. Masks are required during the walkthrough and payment process for your safety.
We will do everything we can to keep your move sanitary, but there are steps you can take as well.
Start Early and Clean As You Go
It’s a good idea to start planning your move about a month in advance of moving day. Start by decluttering and determining what items will be packed and what needs to be disposed of or given away. Organizing makes it much easier to tidy up, which you should do as you go. A good strategy is to pack room by room. Keeping your move clean has several moving parts: the stuff you’re packing, the home you’re leaving, and the home you’ll be arriving at. Clean everything before it goes into boxes or containers, that includes washing linens and other fabric items, wiping down things like knick-knacks and books, and thoroughly cleaning and covering furniture.
Use only new boxes and fresh packing materials. Studies show that the coronavirus can live for 24 hours on cardboard, so using boxes that could have been contaminated isn’t worth the risk. This also ensures that everything that goes into your new home is germ-free. Plus, packing early and leaving your items in a makeshift quarantine for at least 24 hours before moving day provides a safety net for movers.
Make sure that your new place has been cleaned thoroughly before you move in, and it doesn’t hurt to re-sanitize things as you unpack.
Social Distancing and Hygiene Best Practices
Before your move, it’s important to let moving companies know if anyone in your home has been exposed to illness like COVID-19 or is experiencing symptoms. That way, they’ll know if any special precautions need to be taken or if your moving day should be rescheduled. If you’re able, during high-transmission times like the current pandemic, leave your home and communicate with your movers over the phone. If you must be home, maintain at least six feet of distance between your family and the moving team, and wear a mask or other face covering.
Even if you’ve cleaned and prepped beforehand, it’s important to have cleaning and hygiene products on hand on moving day, too. Consider having easy access to these products:
- Hand sanitizer
- Soap and paper towels
- Disinfectant cleaner or wipes
- Glass cleaner
- Scrub pads
- A vacuum cleaner
- Latex gloves
- A mop
- Dust cloths
With a little planning, you can keep your move and your home sanitary and safe.