Moving can be stressful during the best of times, let alone during a global pandemic. If you were planning on moving home over the next few months, you’re probably feeling worried and apprehensive. Can you even move home? What precautions are being taken? Can you pack your own things? We will answer all of these queries, and more, below.
Can I move house during the coronavirus?
Yes, removalists are considered an essential service and local moves are still permitted. Interstate can be a little more tricky with different rules for different states. WA are the only state to have announced a temporary closure of their borders but you will be looking at mandatory 14 day self isolation when entering Queensland, SA, NT or Tasmania. Victoria, NSW and ACT do not currently have any border entry self isolation restrictions in place.
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Is it safe to move house during coronavirus?
Yes, but now more than ever it is important to use the services of a professional and experienced removal company so you can make sure your removal is handled in the safest possible manner. You want someone with processes in place to ensure the safety of the community, their staff, and you. You need someone with the correct equipment; not just two guys on Gumtree looking to make a quick buck. At Chess Moving, we have a comprehensive strategy in place for dealing with COVID-19. We are closely monitoring the guidance provided by the government and acting accordingly.
Will I need to self-isolate once I have moved into my new home?
For a local move, no. Interstate though in some states you will be required to self-isolate once you move into your new home. There are different rules depending on where you are moving to. For example, if you are moving to South Australia, Border Control will enforce you to self-isolate for 14 days, which is effective immediately upon entry. However, you can move your goods under the exemption list and removalists do not need to self-isolate for the two-week period. The best thing to do if you’re worried about your specific travel and moving needs is get in touch. We will be able to provide you with the official government advice based on where you are moving to, and we will also be able to explain exactly how we can help you and how this move will be managed.
Can I move house during a Stage 3 Lockdown?
Some states have implemented Stage 3 restrictions. However, moving house and removalist services are still allowed during Stage 3.
Can I move house during a Stage 4 Lockdown?
While no states have moved to Stage 4, if they do, removalists services will not be allowed. New Zealand and the UK have implemented Stage 4, which totally restricts movement. Stage 4 lockdown is essentially a complete lockdown. The list of people who are allowed to work under this sort of lockdown is restricted to essential jobs. In the UK, for instance, everyone has been advised not to move home or complete home sales during this period. Individuals are only expected to leave their properties in order to shop for essentials, do their one piece of daily exercise, or go to work if they cannot work from home. People are not permitted to travel far away from their home, unless for an essential reason.
What if I have a removal planned but I need to self-isolate?
If you have a removal planned yet you are self-isolating because you have coronavirus symptoms, the best thing to do is get in touch with us as soon as possible. We will be able to offer you a number of different options depending on your current situation. It could be that we are able to handle the move without you having to come into contact with anyone. Or, we may be able to move the removal to another date. Simply give us a call today and we will do our best to come up with a solution that suits you.
Can coronavirus be passed through furniture?
People can catch COVID-19 by touching contaminated objects or surfaces and then touching their mouth, nose, or eyes. This is why a rigorous cleaning routine is a must during the moving process. We make sure that our staff washes their hands, vans, and equipment all of the time. Plus, we are making efforts to ensure that we can provide a contactless delivery, so that the chance of contamination is reduced considerably.
Can I pack my own things?
Certainly, if you would like the extra peace of mind of us not touching your items, then this is an option. Chess Moving offer crates and moving boxes in all shapes and sizes. You can read all about the different options we have available here.
What happens to my scheduled move if further restrictions are put in place?
Chess Moving will work with you to reschedule your move to the earliest possible date or give a credit or refund where applicable.
How can I take extra precautions during my move?
There are a lot of different ways that extra precautions can be taken during a move. This is something that we will explain to you in full when you use our services. Something as simple as paying for your removal service with a card instead of cash can make a difference. We can also manage your move in a contactless manner. For example, you could put tape on the floor or give us a map to indicate where you would like things to go, and we can take photos for proof of delivery. There are a lot of different steps that can be taken to ensure that there is no contact during the move and that everything is handled with health and safety as a number one priority.
So there you have it: everything you need to know about moving during coronavirus. If you have any further questions about this, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us for more information. We would be more than happy to help. Chess Moving are open for business at the moment and we’re taking extra precautions with every move we make to ensure that health and safety is a main priority, putting our staff, clients, and the communities’ minds at ease.
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