8 tips when moving house during Covid-19 restrictions
With new restrictions being introduced across the UK to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the process of moving house has become more complex.
Moving house is a stressful process despite the current global pandemic. We spoke to Space Station who put together some top tips on how to make moving day as smooth and efficient as possible as well as adhering to the current restrictions.
1. Removal experts
Calling on friends and family to help you move house is a budget-friendly option in regular conditions. However, due to the pandemic it is wise to hire a removal service. They are experts in the industry and can make the move as efficient and safe as possible. They will also have the correct equipment to move your house contents, which will minimise stress on moving day.
2. Social distancing
As in any public situation right now, social distancing is a must. The process of loading up vans and lorries can be time consuming, and it’ll be likely that numerous people will be in and out of your home frequently. Make sure to keep all internal doors open to keep air circulating and refrain from offering drinks and refreshments to reduce contamination risks.
3. Planning is key
Once you have decided that you’ll be investing in a removals company, due to the current climate their operating prodecures may have changed or be pushed back therefore it’s a good idea to contact them as early as possible to get your date booked in.
4. Disinfect thoroughly
Before you start packing the contents of your home away it’s vital to thoroughly clean them all to make sure they’re safe for everyone to handle – using a spray disinfectant and microfibre cloth should do the job. On moving day make sure everyone is using anti bacterial gel on a regular basis if there isn’t access to soap and water.
5. Keep costs down
Moving house is an expensive process from start to finish so think of innovative ways to keep costs down. Use items you already have to pack contents securely and safely for example wrap your glassware in large towels and secure with tape or string. This will also reduce the total number of boxes you have to move, which should bring removal costs down.
6. Use vacuum bags
Vacuum bags are a worthwhile investment to make the moving process more efficient. They are perfect for transporting bulky goods, such as sofa cushions, duvets and bedding, as they will reduce them to less than half the size! They’re also waterproof and air tight, which means it’s a safer option during Covid-19.
7. Extra precautions
Wearing PPE might make you feel more safe on moving day. Removal men should be wearing masks and gloves anyway but it could be a good idea to invest in a face visor, which are far more breathable.
8. What about your new home?
As soon as you get into your new home be sure to wear PPE whilst you are cleaning all of the surfaces and disinfecting all of the fixtures and fittings. Even if the previous owners have undergone a deep clean, make sure you give it a second clean just to be sure everything is safe.
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