Moving with the COVID-19 Virus risk
The world is going through a unique period that it has not seen before, at least not in the in the last century.
A pandemic that covers all continents and is effecting every single one of us in one way or another. Whether you are sick, a carrier, in quarantine, in home isolation or are simply feeling the economic strain - you are most definitely not alone. There is NO ONE that has not or will not be effected.
The difference is how you take the changes - how you maintain your life, livelihood and business.
Movers, in many states are allowed to keep working. The beauty is that they can.
There are ways to make the most of the situation and ways to keep working while staying safe.
First of all, all moves can be booked via phone and internet. As done generally, first contact with your clients is via phone call, email or text message. In many cases the whole booking process can be done using those methods. For those of you who are used to doing onsite estimates this next part is for you.
An onsite estimate, is an unnecessary risk to take at this time. Almost everyone today has a smart phone and the ability to video chat. Set up Zoom, Webex or Skype meetings with your clients in order to do a virtual tour of their home and get your clients to photograph inventory items and send them through. That is a whole move booked with no risk taken.
When booking moves, during the COVID-19 pandemic, make sure that you book move dates a minimum of 14 days after the job is booked - The longer you can hold off the move itself the better.
The morning of the move date make sure that you contact the people moving to ensure that no one in the household has a fever. Make sure that in your terms and agreements you add the appropriate points giving you the full right to cancel a move in the case that people from the house are sick or with a fever.
During the pickup, make sure that at all time you and your team stay a minimum of 6.6 Ft away from property occupants at all times. Do not touch any furniture or household goods without gloves.
If you follow these steps, it will allow you to keep operating and functioning as a moving company. Of course the right moving software always helps, but as long as you lower your risk and take the right precautionary steps, you will remain in business.
Stay well and keep safe.