The world as we knew it has changed, but there are certain things that we will remain a part of our lives…and moving is one of them. The timing may not be ideal, but for many, it still has to be done. As home sales begin to rebound, many across the country (especially those in big cities) are looking to move and understand that new safety measures are vital.
Bellhop recommends the following tips to make your move easier and most importantly, safe, even in these tough times. More information on Bellhop is at Bellhop.com
Online Booking – If Bellhop is available in your market, it is one of the only moving services that allows you to fully book a move without someone having to come inside your home to do a walkthrough and give you an estimation.
Use Safe Boxes – We’re all heard the stories that used boxes can be a virus carrier for 24 hours, so it is recommended you don’t use used boxes. Bellhop sells new boxes and other packing supplies, delivered directly to your door. Another option is to use sanitized plastic bins.
Work with Companies that have Established Strict Safety Practices and Guidelines – At Bellhop, all movers have been familiarized with the hygiene and social-distancing practices outlined by the WHO and CDC.
Additionally, the company is following CDC guidance to avoid large gatherings. Because of the way Bellhop’s platform is designed, each mover arrives independently to the residence, and every worker has deliberately chosen whether to accept the job. As stated above, given Bellhops is a digital company, outside of the actual move, all touch-points of the move are virtual, with no large team gatherings or meetings. The majority of the communication with customers and movers is digital – including tipping that nice mover!
Make sure the Moving Company has Taken the Necessary Steps to Prevent the Spread of the Virus – Bellhop is actively communicating with the workers on its platform to ensure they’re taking every precaution to remain healthy and safe. This includes:
• Practicing CDC recommended hand-washing techniques and other prevention methods
• Providing gloves to all movers to avoid physical contact
• Staying home if they’re showing any symptoms of illness (whether related to COVID-19 or not)
• Cleaning and disinfecting the moving equipment used on each job
• Additionally, the company has set up a cross-functional, national response team, where they will continue monitoring COVID-19 updates. All actions taken will be based on the advice of governments, public health authorities, and medical professionals.
Use common sense – Wear masks, gloves, regularly wash your hands as you are packing and moving and practice social distancing. Bellhops are asking their customers to do the following:
• Maintaining a 4-foot to 6-foot distance from movers and drivers as they work
• Refraining from any participation in the move
• Requesting that movers wash their hands before participating in a move
• Cleaning furniture that is being moved (before your movers arrive)
• Disinfecting items that have been padded and wrapped once they’re unwrapped
• Disposing of all packing materials once the move is complete
Cancel/Reschedule if you Become Ill: Bellhop is waiving their cancellation and rescheduling fees if you need to cancel/change due to an illness or a COVID-19 issue.