Saturday, August 29, 2020

5 Safety Tips for Moving During COVID-19

Moving during COVID? No problem. By using these safety tips and precautions you can make your move go safely and smoothly. Amid worldwide travel bans, widespread stay-at-home orders and social-distancing mandates, millions of Americans have adapted to the drastic changes brought about by COVID-19. Countless events have been rescheduled or cancelled, but for those who made necessary plans to move, staying put is simply not feasible.

If you are in the process of moving or planning to move, you can still get the job done successfully and safely. Luckily, we have some tips and precautions to make your move as safe, smooth and stress-free as possible. 

1. Get Hands-On

Despite most states designating moving services as “essential”, many smaller moving companies have reduced hours or have paused business altogether. If you can, try to manage the move on your own. If you do need assistance, research the companies in your area and call to ask about procedures. Make sure the movers utilize necessary supplies like gloves, masks, and sanitizing kits. 

2. Minimize Contact

If you’re working with a moving company, ask for a virtual quote and see if the company offers fully contactless service. Forgo handshakes, for obvious reasons. A smile and a generous tip (sent through Venmo, PayPal or another contactless digital platform) are a welcome substitute. Furthermore, disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, paying particular attention to door knobs and handles.

3.  Take Extra Sanitary Precautions 

While moving make sure to follow the following sanitary precautions:

  • Wear masks, gloves and booties. If you’re hiring a moving company, they’ll likely bring similar supplies for their workers, but consider having additional hygiene products available.
  • Disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, paying particular attention to door knobs and handles.
  • Place soap and paper towels next to sinks and hand sanitizer by doors.
  • Buy new boxes: The coronavirus has been found to live on cardboard for up to 24 hours, so this is not the ideal time to pick up used moving supplies from stores that are recycling them. You can also use boxes that you already have in your home. 

4. Be Transparent and Flexible

In advance of your move, reach out to your neighbors — especially if you live in an apartment building — and share the date and time you plan to move. This gives everyone in your direct vicinity an opportunity to avoid unnecessary contact and let you know if your timing is a problem.

If you or any family members are experiencing coronavirus symptoms, postpone your moving plans. Though rescheduling is a pain, the health and safety of your community comes first. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

5 Ways to Enjoy the Outdoors at Home

In this current climate with many of us staying at home, one of the best remedies to deal with stress is to spend time outside and get fresh air. If you are lucky enough to possess an outdoor space such as a sprawling backyard or deck and patio area, now is the ideal time to renovate and make the most of your space. Here are 5 tips to enjoy and improve your outdoor area. 

1. Curate an Outdoor Lounge Space

Set up a beautiful outdoor lounge space on your patio or in the yard to give your space a relaxing feel. Spice up your space with new lounge chairs, chaise lounges, hammocks, and outdoor sectionals. To complete your lounge area add in some side tables, some candles, and enjoy the atmosphere. 

2. Fire Pit

You can always create a fire pit for your backyard, or purchase an electric fire pit that fits your area and your taste perfectly. A fire pit will create a cozy, campfire glow and be perfect for lounging at night, even when it gets colder outside. 

3. Create an Alfesco Dining Destination

Sitting in your kitchen every night can get boring, try mixing it up by creating an alfresco dining area. By creating an alfresco dining area in your backyard or patio area, you can enjoy fresh air while having your dinner. In addition to an outdoor dining table and chairs, you can even add a rug, a string of lights, or craft an outdoor chandelier to transform your evening meals. 

4. Create an Outdoor Bar

While traditonal bars are closed, why not create your own private outdoor bar? You can buy a bar online, or repurpose an old table or desk. Gather your bluetooth speaker, your favorite cocktail ingredients, and a few glasses to bring the ambiance of your favorite bar right at home. 

5. Beautifully Transform a Barn or Shed 

Although a bar or shed is a utilitarian structure, it doesn't have to be an eyesore. Spruce it up by painting it a bold color, attaching some shutters, adding some succulent flower boxes, installing a stone path, or even stringing up some bright lights.