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While Ontario readjusts to the third stay-at-home order, there are many residents who are taking advantage of one essential service that has only picked up momentum in the last few months: real estate. With the housing market in the province continuing its hot streak despite a new wave of COVID-19 cases, residents are being forced to ask themselves a new question: how do we prepare to safely move homes during a pandemic?

That’s why we’ve created this handy guide for vacating your current home, and getting your new one ready to move into. If you or someone you know is preparing to move, be sure to send them these tips. And even if you aren’t moving homes this spring, taking advantage of these tips will help your home feel like new.

 

Before Moving Day

Even in the time of COVID-19, moving doesn’t have to be a frustrating or chaotic experience. The important thing is to plan ahead, ensuring your move is done safely, and with care. Begin preparing for your move with some easier tasks, like updating your address of vital forms and documentation. If you’re moving during the week, try to take some time off work so you don’t have to rush. Reserve a moving company for the big day or, if you’d prefer to refrain from using a moving company, reach out to friends and family to see who would be willing to lend a hand.

Planning your packing is just as important as planning how you’re going to move it. Creating an inventory of all the items you want to bring to your new home, using a list or spreadsheet, will save much time and confusion when sorting through all your items. It will also help you determine what you don’t want to make the trip, and for those items, holding a garage sale or putting the items up for sale online will let you lighten your moving day burden, while pocketing some extra cash.

The last thing to do before you start selling and packing those items is ensure all your items are properly sterilized. Using SteraMist® to completely sterilize all your items, from furniture to electronics and even paperwork, ensures all your possessions are completely safe from any potential germs or pathogens, keeping you, your friends, and the moving crew healthy, and ensuring your new home will stay spring clean.

 

On Moving Day

After completing the steps above, when the big day finally arrives you’ll be ready to take on the challenges that lie ahead. Begin by getting an early start on the day. Begin packing your recently sterilized items and get them ready to move to your new destination. If you booked an appointment with a STER-OL Infection Specialist to sterilize your new home, have the specialist sterilize your new home before you begin moving your belongings inside. Because SteraMist® is so quick acting and environmentally safe, a complete sterilization session can be done with almost zero downtime. Once your new home is sterilized and germ-free, begin moving items in, using your inventory sheet to keep track of things as they come inside. You’re nearly ready!

 

After Moving Day

Once you tip the moving crew and thank your friends for their help, all that’s left is to get settled. While your home will look and feel fresh once everything finds its place, it’s important to set a regular cleaning routine to ensure germs and pathogens don’t build up – particularly during a pandemic. Using our cleaning guide for homeowners, you can be sure to keep your home feeling fresh for many years to come. That begins with a deep clean.