With the onset of travel bans, social-distancing mandates and stay-at-home orders, there are millions of Americans whose lives have been drastically altered by COVID-19. But some changes, like moving and relocation plans that were already in the works when the orders were issued, are unavoidable and necessary.

Moving and some moving services are essential businesses and factors in our economy, so while it may not be ideal you can be prepared with some extra planning and a few precautionary steps.

Minimize All Contact

If you plan to use a moving service, do your best to avoid contact with movers and inquire about sanitization measures and protocols that the company you’re using might have put into place. Forgo the handshakes and opt for a contactless delivery if available. You can also choose to pack your belongings yourself using a service like UNITS Moving & Portable Storage and a contactless drop off option for a container that you can load and unload yourself.

Sanitize & Disinfect

If you’re hiring a moving company, they may have implemented new sanitization protocols but you may want to consider having extra hygiene products available like gloves and masks just in case. You’ll also want to disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces and pay particular attention to door knobs and handles. If it's warm enough where you live you may also consider propping the doors open so these surfaces don't have to be touched over and over again. The coronavirus has also been found to live on cardboard for up to 24 hours, so this might not be the time to pick up used boxes from friends and relatives. 

Make Donations

With COVID-19 forcing school closures, soup kitchen shutdowns and a surge of layoffs, there remains a constant need for non-perishable food items and clothing donations to local food banks, Goodwills and Salvation Armys across the country. Moving is always a good time to go through and see if you can lighten the packing load while also helping out your community.

No matter how you look at it moving is a lot of work and perhaps more work now than ever. Nonetheless you can be prepared and do your best to stay safe and healthy with a few extra precautions and together we’ll get through this.

Stay up to date on the latest information about the coronavirus while planning your move with information and guidelines set out by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

If you’d like to book a container for your next move, call UNITS Moving & Portable Storage at (855) 981-8648 today

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