With restrictions easing and Australia starting to reopen, what does a return to business as usual mean for moving house? We speak to Lauren Skeen from Century 21 Living Mosman about maintaining your family’s health during the often-stressful task of moving homes.
Here are 5 tips you can employ to make sure you are moving safely while keeping COVID-19 in mind.
- Drive rather than use public transport. Car travel puts you at less risk of exposure to COVID-19 than using public transport for travel. However, make sure to plan ahead and implement safety practices (like wearing a mask and frequent hand washing) when you stop for petrol, to use a bathroom, or to pick up some snacks.
- Research your movers. If you are going to hire a removalist company, make sure to call well in advance of your move and ask about their COVID-19 safety policies, practices, and procedures.
- Choose cardboard over plastic. This is more so important if you are hiring removalists to move your belongings. To reduce the risk of spreading the virus use cardboard rather than plastic when packing up your house. Whilst COVID-19 can live up to three days on plastic it will only last one day at most on cardboard.
- Disinfect new points of contact. When you arrive at your new home, make sure you disinfect any frequent points of contact, like doorknobs, drawer and cupboard handles, toilet flush, light switches, taps and window locks.
- Wipe everything down. Once your boxes and furniture have been unloaded at your new residence, make sure to wipe them down before you unpack. Wash your hands after you touch anything the movers may have touched.
Bottom line? If you’re planning a move in the near future, it’s important to protect yourself and your family – so make sure you follow these tips during the moving process and stay safe.