20 Apr


Cassidy's Moving and Storage

How Shipping Containers Will Make Your Local Move Safe During COVID-19

Moving may be the last thing on your mind. With the COVID-19 crisis, all future plans are on hold for the time being. But, some things can’t be avoided. So if you’re set on moving, let us suggest one way you can move without coming into contact with other people.

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To conduct a contactless local move, shipping containers are going to be your safest option. Follow these steps on how to get your shipping container ready and how to pack it during COVID-19.

1. Consider Health & Safety

Before you decide on conducting a move during this time, consider your family’s health and safety. Is this move necessary? Will you or your family be at risk by going through with this move. At Cassidy’s, we believe in health and safety first. If you don’t feel comfortable moving at this time, don’t go through with it.

2. Gather Safety Supplies

When preparing for your move, make sure you and your family are equipped with the proper COVID-19 safety supplies. This list will vary depending on what makes you feel safe. Some safety supplies include:

  • Gloves
  • Disinfectant Wipes
  • Disinfectant Spray
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Face Masks
  • First Aid Kit

3. Disinfect Stuff

According to the Harvard Medical School, the coronavirus can last for different lengths of time on a variety of surfaces. COVID-19 lasts 4 hours on copper, 24 hours on cardboard, and about two to three days on plastic and stainless steel.

With that being said, it’s crucial that you disinfect all your items before packing them up and moving. Follow these tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on how to clean and disinfect your home.

Here’s a short list of frequently used items that will need to be disinfected:

  • Computer/Keyboards/Mouse
  • Cell phones/Tablets
  • Telephone
  • Dishes/Utensils
  • Bathroom Supplies
  • Couches/Chairs/Tables

4. Pack Storage Container

Once everything is disinfected, it’s time to start packing and organizing your shipping container. You may have been a master of Tetris but it’s more complicated than that. At Cassidy’s, our team has a specific way of packing vans and containers in an efficient and safe manner.

Pack Bigger Items First

Any bulky items from furniture to bookshelves go first into the shipping container. It’s important you think about the shape and size of the item. Is it too long to stand up? If so, lay it down on its side. Can your item be scratched or damaged? Make sure it’s wrapped in a blanket and secured.

Add More Items On Top

Now, your Tetris skills come into use. Begin by stacking medium-sized items and boxes on top of the bigger items. Rule of thumb is to work your way up from heaviest to lightest items. Make sure any gaps at the bottom are filled as well. Use moving blankets or cardboard to section off your items and keep them protected.

Reach The Ceiling & Fill Every Space

The end result is to have your stuff piled all the way to the ceiling of the shipping container. This keeps things tight, resulting in less of a chance of things falling and damaging. If you see any empty spaces, fill them with pillows, blankets or cushions.

Use Straps

All shipping containers should have some sort of attachment on the walls and floors allowing you to secure your items (rails, straps, rings). If you weren’t able to fill the container to the top, these straps will keep your stuff from falling over.

5. Secure and Ship

Once your container is packed uptight and secured, call your representative at Cassidy’s to schedule the pick-up. We can take your container and hold on to it for a few days, weeks or even months until you are ready to have it sent to your new location.

6. Unpack At Your New Home

Unpacking will take some time. When you begin unloading the shipping container, start with the lighter loads at the top and work your way down. Basically, a reverse of how you packed the shipping container.

Need A Shipping Container?

Here at Cassidy’s, we understand this is a difficult time. Your security and safety is our number one priority. If your move needs to happen or you have any questions or concerns, give us a call at 613-836-4225.