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Things to Consider When Moving During Pandemic Times
People continue to move for various personal and professional reasons. Our lives are constantly affected by personal, societal and professional constraints. Moving to a new location becomes inevitable in many situations.
But setting foot at your new home is not something you do daily. Mostly, relocation to a new destination is a once in a lifetime decision. Thus, you must be careful enough in assessing the need of a move, choosing the right destination, and ways to make your life return on a smooth track after the transition. Another important aspect is the health of your own self and your loved ones. Nothing can be compromised. Hence, the care and precautions call for some extra attention during the current pandemic scenario hovering around.
This write up throws significant insight into the various steps you should take immediately after you step in at your new home during the present challenging times. For the sake of convenience, we have divided the discussion into the tips involved in moving to a new unused home and an already used home.
Moving Into a New and Unused HomeA new and unused house means the one that has been recently constructed and finished. No person or family has yet resided in it before. Please read the following as you are the first to move into such a house.
Unused and Untouched Don’t Mean the SameAs you move into a house that is newly constructed and hence unused, the first thing to keep in mind is that ‘unused’ does not mean ‘untouched’ as far as houses are concerned.
Multiple workers like masons, architects, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, painters and other professionals have repeatedly visited and touched everything in your new home. This makes your doors, walls, window panes, kitchen sinks, cupboards and all the nook and corners of your new home touched and, possibly, infected.
What to do?: It is recommended to sanitize the home, especially the metallic parts (door knobs, staircase railings, taps, faucets, and grills etc.). Please read the last paragraph/section for sanitizing solutions.
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Pay Special Attention to FloorsFeet are the potential carriers of dust, soil, grime, and potential infection indoors. Your newly done house has been frequented by workers of all kinds in the past few months, might be even a year. You can not recall how many feet actually stamped onto your floors. Even after washing to your satisfaction, the infection might still be sitting there.
What to do?
Vacuum Clean the Floors First: Vacuum cleaning before sanitization will pick the microparticles which escape the eyes.Sanitize Floors: Sanitize the floors with special disinfectant cleaners and solutions. Pay special attention to the crevices, and areas behind the doors and beneath the kitchen sink. Isopropyl alcohol is widely used to disinfect hardwood floors.
Movers Must Wear Masks: This is very important. You should ensure the moving company staff wear proper masks and gloves, and better still shoe covers. They must wash their hands before they touch anything in your home. Do not allow any worker inside who seems symptomatic.
Learn More with our Moving Tip About How to Protect Floors & Carpet when Moving
Moving Into Used HomeAn already used house implies a house that has been inhabited before by one or more persons. Some additional care needs to be taken care of during pandemic times while moving into such a house.
Know the Status of Previous OccupiersIt is better to know the health status of the persons who just moved out. During the pandemic surge, many people contracted the virus and got isolated in their homes. It is thus very important to know if any such case(s) existed in the family who just moved out before you stepped in. If there happened a patient is in the house, see if the house has been properly sanitized by the medical authorities, family itself after the isolation period.
Change the Parts that Might be Carriers
Certain items like curtain rods, towel rings, soap cases, door locks, and similar things which can be replaced easily must be replaced with the fresh ones. Some families do not take them along. It is better if you do away with the old stuff and buy the new one.
Pick a duster or broom and mop away the cobwebs and similar traps from the windows, walls and ceilings.
Sanitize Entire Home
It is advisable to sanitize the home properly without missing the smaller hidden areas like behind the doors, washrooms, below the wash- basins, beneath the kitchen sink, and inside the cupboards.
The floors must be thoroughly disinfected with vacuum cleaning and then using floor cleaners and special sanitizing solutions. For hardwood floors, isopropyl alcohol is commonly used.
Leave the Home Vacant for a Day After Sanitizing
Do it if easily possible. After the sanitization has been done, let the house absorb some sunshine and fresh air. Open the windows and doors and let the sunlight come in which is a natural disinfectant.
Some Recommended Solutions To Sanitize Surfaces
- Though the market is flooding these days with different sanitizing solutions and disinfectants. It is fine if you procure some quality product.
- You can also prepare a solution to disinfect surfaces as below:
- Before you go sanitizing the surfaces, clean the surfaces of dirt and grime with soap, detergent and water.
- Sodium hypochlorite (bleach/chlorine) with a recommended concentration of 0.1% (one part of 5% strength bleach to 49 parts of water).
- Alternatively, 70-90% alcohol is also used for surface sanitization.
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