Are you moving house and worried about new variants? COVID’s cautious guide to moving

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COVID-19 has uprooted and changed the idea of ​​what was once known as “normal”. Everything from going to the grocery store to eating out carries a greater threat than ever before. For those moving to a new city or state, the dangers of infection have made an already stressful task even more exhausting and risky, as new variants lurk around every corner.

For example, you might move to a state with lower overall fees but higher risk of transmission. Or maybe you’re moving to a city with limited precautions. Either way, staying on top of risk management can be a big responsibility, but it’s worth prioritizing to stay ahead of new variants.

So how can you minimize the risks when moving house? Here are some tips to protect yourself from COVID-19 before, during, and after the big move.

Hire professionals

While it can be tempting to do the moving yourself to avoid unnecessary contact with others, using reputable moving services can actually minimize the risk. Hiring a professional moving company to handle the heavy lifting is a solid plan, as many relocation services offer contactless or low-contact packages to reduce transmission.

Also, if you are nervous about exposure to COVID while traveling by car to your new destination, skip the car ride, take a quick flight, and ship your car interstate. That way, you can breathe better with contactless options and highly regulated airport protocols.

Clean and disinfect everything before moving in

Your moving process should start with a careful inventory of everything you own, making sure you sanitize all the items you plan on taking into your new home.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists several ways to sanitize your belongings before storing them in boxes, so stock up on your favorite cleaning products. Starting in your new living space with fresh, clean items is advice to consider if you have COVID concerns lurking among your belongings.

Prepare your new space

Regardless of pandemic concerns, cleaning and disinfecting your new space should be a top priority. It doesn’t matter if you’re renting an apartment or buying a house, the protocols remain the same. You never know the conditions left by previous owners or the germs they might have crawled into the space, so be extra careful to give your new home a good clean.

Thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting your space is the peace of mind you can’t buy in a store, so consider cleaning supplies when budgeting the cost of a move. Once you’ve finished scrubbing each surface, take some well-deserved time to relax after a few long days and enjoy your new (clean and safe) space.

To finish

Moving to a new city or state keeping COVID-19 in mind doesn’t have to be an anxiety management lesson. Take this opportunity to cut down on the things you can no longer use and start over, both mentally and physically. You can sanitize the rest and settle into your new COVID-free space.

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