What Challenges Are There When Moving During Lockdown?
Social distancing has produced some challenges when it comes to moving home. Find out how removal firms have adapted.
The government reopened the housing market on the 13th May, when they made it clear that people are allowed to move house once again, so long as they do so safely. This means abiding by social distancing guidelines as far as possible. If you’re wondering how this works with regards to hiring a removal firm, then you’re not alone. Many home movers are worried about the challenges of removal personnel traipsing through their house and touching all of their belongings, whilst trying to observe safety requirements. On the other hand, few people are able to commit to moving their own goods, particularly with the absence of helpful friends or family members to lend a helping hand.
The good news is that removal firms are still available for hire during the pandemic, but there are some changes to the services on offer.
Traditionally, a representative from a removal firm would visit your house in advance of the move to conduct a pre-move survey and provide you with a quote. The assessment includes identification of any access issues, listing everything that needs to be moved and addressing any challenges including fragile items. An estate agents Chadwell Heath firm explains that many removal firms are now happy to carry out virtual surveys via your smartphone or tablet to minimise face-to-face contact.
Social distancing should be practised where possible to keep crew members 2 metres apart. If this isn’t possible, then PPE equipment is commonly used amongst removal firms, particularly where two or more people are required to lift heavy items. If you plan to be at the property on removal day, then check with the company as to whether you and your family members can also be provided with PPE kit to offer full protection during your move. It may make sense for you to source your own where possible.
Handwashing and advanced levels of hygiene are essential in combatting the spread of Covid-19. Before you book a removal firm for your planned move, you should ask questions about what hygiene practices they have put into place. This might cover how regularly they wash their hands, how often they change their work uniform as well as how they clean and sanitise their vehicles. You should also be sure of their requirements for you before moving day. Ask if they require you to clean anything down or provide handwashing facilities or sanitiser to be used as the crew carries out their work.
If You Have Symptoms
It should be made clear that if you or any of your family members are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19, then you must speak up and not risk being in contact with removal personnel. Even though this may mean a slight delay to your house move, being honest about your symptoms will prevent the spread of the virus and could save lives.
It’s a good idea to book a removal firm as soon as you’ve confirmed the date as many crews are operating at a limited capacity. Good luck with your move!