Moving dates aren’t very flexible. If your lease is ending or you have purchased or sold a home with a firm closing date, you have to relocate, and many people need help to make it happen – not just students and seniors, but also families, busy people, and anyone trying to meet a quick turnaround time.
So while cities and provinces across the country have ordered the temporary closure of “non-essential” businesses during this pandemic, here in Ontario, moving is considered “essential.” This doesn’t mean we are doing things business-as-usual, though! Both moving companies and the people they help are doing a lot to make sure safety is a top priority.
What Do We Do To Make The Move Safer?
Most moving companies are taking the coronavirus pandemic very seriously. Many, including True North Movers, have put protocols in place to protect their employees and customers. These include, but aren’t limited to:
- Following national and provincial guidelines related to social distancing and sanitization
- Wearing gloves and masks when handling items and interacting with clients
- Sanitizing our trucks, moving tools, and personal protective equipment
- Practicing social distancing with customers and among moving teams as much as possible
All of these practices help ensure that moving services can remain available in a safe way. Luckily, we have a certain part of our business already contact-free: you can get an accurate True North moving through our website!
How You Can Prepare
Even though we’re in a pandemic, one thing hasn’t changed about moving: get started early! Try and do this more efficiently by buying most, if not all of your supplies in one go. This will minimize your trips to the store, so plan on buying enough tape, boxes, wrap, and other packing supplies based on the number of rooms and people in your house. When in doubt, buy extra – it’s always better to have too many supplies than not enough!
As you pack your items, try and sanitize by wiping your belongings down with disinfectant as they go into the box. If you don’t have any sanitizer, make a solution with a ratio of one tablespoon bleach to one gallon of water.
If you use movers, try to have the packing finished a full day before they arrive. The coronavirus can last up to 24 hours on cardboard boxes. While we’ll be wearing gloves, for everyone’s safety you should still have your boxes packed and sitting untouched at least a day before your movers arrive.
To help your movers stay clean, leave out products they can use (if you can – we know these products can be hard to find!). Soap, paper towels, some hot water, and hand sanitizer, all by the entrance or in a designated bathroom, can go a long way. If you can’t spare these supplies, let us know so we can prepare!
When booking your movers, two things are important: communication and transparency. If you or anyone in your family are feeling sick, have a diagnosis, or are experiencing symptoms, talk with the related parties and see if you can push back the date and let everyone know if you are isolating due to exposure. This way, everyone stays safe and you can move safely!