'We've been able to adapt fairly quickly': Movers talk helping others pack up during a pandemic

Posted at 12:15 PM, Jun 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-23 09:56:42-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Summer is moving season, but thanks to COVID-19, the stressful process of packing up and moving house are getting even more complicated.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK in Lexington said continuing their operations during the coronavirus has been an interesting process.

"It has been a lot of adjustments, but we've been able to adapt fairly quickly," said marketing coordinator Jen Klinglesmith.

Klinglesmith said the good news for them is that business has not slowed at all due to the pandemic, which means they just had to make adjustments quickly.

They started with having all movers wear masks, do temperature checks, and carry sanitizer kits onboard each of their trucks.

Klinglesmith said, "That includes a bleach solution, hand sanitizer, gloves, paper towels, and trash bags that they can take to each site so if they need to sanitize something in that home they can."

The trucks are deep-cleaned after each job and Klinglesmith said no one goes into a home if they have experienced any symptoms, and vice versa for their clients.

Rachel Madden, a court advocate with The Nest Center for Women, Children, and Families in Lexington, said they have been working with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK throughout the pandemic. They needed someone to help transport donations from the community safely and effectively. She said they had felt complete comfort with these new policies in place.

Madden said, "That's really what it's all about, being able to trust who is coming into both my home and my workplace. That they are on the same page, they have the same values, and they are also concerned about the health of not only ourselves but also their clients and the people in need in our community."

Through their experience, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK has tips for others as peak moving season begins to gear up.

For one, they suggest finding ways to limit traffic in your home by looking for virtual alternatives.

Klinglesmith explained, "Whoever you're going to have move you, have them do a virtual survey, if possible, to get your quote. That way, they don't have to come into your home."

Two, don't pack up everything. She said to be sure and leave out all of your cleaning and sanitizing materials.

"Just have those in a basket so that you're ready with those whenever you get to your new home to sanitize things down," Klinglesmith said.

Finally, it may seem silly, but she encourages those moving to make sure water is readily available and not just for drinking.

"It's for yourself and the movers to be able to wash your hands throughout the move," Klinglesmith said.