The current pandemic has changed the way we do everything, including moving.
If you need to move apartments during the pandemic, we've got a few tips to ensure a safe and successful move.
Once you've secured your new apartment, work with your new landlord to arrange a day to clean before you move in. Let your landlord know when you plan to move in and ask if anyone else will be moving into the building on the same day.
If you choose to use a moving company, research companies in your area and ask about the precautions and safety measures they have in place to ensure the well-being of staff and clients. Remember to book well in advance as moving company availability may be limited.
Cleaning your new apartment before you move in will eliminate any traces of germs or bacteria, leaving a clean environment for you and your family to move into. Focus on the most frequently used and touched surfaces such as:
- Light switches
- Window handles and locks
- Floors and carpets
Once your new apartment is clean, plan your move. Clearly label all boxes and containers with the contents and room they should be placed in. Make sure you have alcohol-based sanitizer at the entrance of your apartment and ensure there is plenty of soap and paper towels next to every sink.
Greet your movers, whether using a moving company or friends, with a smile rather than a handshake. Maintain six feet between all people in and around your apartment and ask that all boxes be placed just inside the doorway of each room.
After the move, disinfect all frequently touched surfaces and anywhere members outside your household may have touched. Work at unpacking your items and recycle all boxes and dispose of any garbage leftover from the move.
If at any time during or soon after your move you or a member of your household starts to feel unwell, have the individuals self-isolate and alert your moving company and landlord.