The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the lives of everyone around the world.
That long-awaited move you have been anticipating for the past few months may suddenly seem unwise and dangerous, and you may be having second thoughts. Moving overseas is a whole other ball game that involves even more work.
However, there are still ways to move safely during the pandemic. While moving is a complicated process with many different stages, services are still available to make the transition easier than expected.
So, if you are planning your move for your migration to Australia from Singapore during the pandemic, here are three things you need to take note of.
1. Opt for a virtual quote
Technology makes everything easier these days. From watching movies to communicating with people across borders, we can use technology to complete all sorts of services that were traditionally done face to face.
Similarly, you can now get a virtual quote instead of inviting movers into your home. Engaging an online service instead of opting for an in-person quote would help ensure the safety
In fact, virtual quotes are not as hard as you think. As the square footage of your home would not give your movers enough information, some companies would offer virtual surveys to get more information about your home and belongings.
Conducting the quote over video call is similar to a regular call with your friends and family, so fret not about the logistics!
2. Hygiene is key
You would have become very familiar with various cleaning processes during the pandemic.
Moving is a very hands-on procedure that involves contact with many people, so keep everyone safe by disinfecting all high-contact surfaces and wearing the necessary protective gear. Gloves, masks, and hand sanitiser should always be at hand whenever you need them.
Treat your move like a regular house visit. All high-touch surfaces such as doorknobs, handles, and light switches should be disinfected with a suitable disinfectant that would not damage the surface.
For example, a disinfectant with at least 70% alcohol should be sufficient and effective in killing bacteria. Options include using a micro-fibre cloth for gentle cleaning or other fabrics such as cloths and rags are equally appropriate for the task.
Don’t forget other surfaces such as countertops and handles. Before opening and handling your boxes, remember to clean them with a disinfectant or sanitising spray. It is also best to ensure everyone is fully vaccinated when conducting the move.
3. Reduce physical contact with your movers
Of course, it is important to be warm and friendly to your movers. However, opt for a smile instead of unnecessary contact such as handshakes and hugs. Social distancing will reduce the risk of spreading any illnesses, so remember to keep a distance between yourself and your movers if possible.
The best way to reduce any risk is to limit the amount of time you spend with your movers. You can schedule your day differently depending on your preferences, but one way to ensure a safe move would be to pack your items neatly before your movers arrive.
Leave your new home as they collect the boxes and furniture, and wait in your temporary residence as they transport your belongings.
You can still observe the process from a distance and take other small steps to limit your contact with your movers. For example, you can stay in a different room while your movers transport your belongings to your home, making it easier for them to reach you if any problems arise.
To avoid any miscommunication, actively discuss and communicate your worries with them before the move to work out a suitable plan.
Moving during the pandemic requires flexibility, and you have to be prepared for things to not go according to plan. Opt for a moving team that is flexible and able to accommodate rescheduling or even refunds. Remember to postpone your move or have a backup plan if you are feeling unwell!
With NTRUST’s services, it is not hard to immigrate to Australia from Singapore during the pandemic. Reduce your worries as we take care of the other logistics, such as your visa application – NTRUST understands the COVID-19 situation to the fullest. With our experience and professionalism, new opportunities and exciting beginnings await in Australia. Simply drop us a call at +65 6299 0245 and we’ll assist you at the soonest.