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Preparing Your Rental Home For COVID-19

Posted on Apr 15, 2020

Life, as we know it, has changed. As coronavirus spreads, more and more people are working remotely instead of going into the office. Schools have closed. Non-essential businesses have temporarily ceased operation and shelter-in-place orders are affecting most of the country.

Whether you’re in a long-term rental or a place you own, being at home is a good place to be. At Zeus Living, we know there’s concern over the uncharted territory we’re facing. But we’re here to help you tackle the uncertainty.

Let’s dive into how to prepare your rental home for COVID-19, so you can hunker down and socially distance as easily and safely as possible. From protection guidelines to shopping lists, Zeus has your rental preparations covered.

Protection Guidelines

Whether you’re a landlord or a renter, it’s good to be reminded of the right protection guidelines. Taking these steps at home will help protect you and future renters.

The CDC recommends taking the following steps to protect yourself and others against the virus:

Clean Your Hands Often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid Close Contact

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Put distance—at least 6 feet—between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
Rules for Cleaning and Disinfecting

The most basic thing we can do to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our homes is to clean and disinfect. The CDC recommends that we clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily, if not multiple times a day.

These surfaces include:

  • tables
  • doorknobs
  • light switches
  • countertops
  • handles
  • desks
  • phones
  • keyboards
  • toilets
  • faucets
  • sinks

For disinfectants, most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will do the trick. Just make sure to use disinfectants that are appropriate for the surface in question. Alcohol solutions should be at least 70% alcohol.

COVID-19 Shopping List

There are a few things to have on hand that will help prepare your rental home for social isolation as well as the possibility of you or someone you live with contracting COVID-19. Luckily, our Zeus Living homes are stocked with homecare essentials, like trash bags, vacuum cleaners, dishwasher and laundry detergent, all-purpose cleaner, paper towels, and more.

If you’re a renter planning to rent and self-isolate for a while, we’ve put together a shopping list to help get you prepped. We suggest limiting your exposure by limiting the number of times you visit the grocery store. With a Zeus home, you’ll always find plenty of cupboard space and a fridge that’s ready to be filled.

If you’re staying long-term, it’s good to have backup essentials so you don’t run out. Remember to avoid panic buying—stick to the essentials, especially foods and goods that can be stored for a long time.

Rental Home Essentials
  • Hand soap
  • Dishwasher detergent
  • Laundry detergent
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Hand sanitizer
Food Shopping List

Keeping your immune system strong and staying healthy is crucial during your home lock-down. Here are some good food items to keep on hand.

Frozen Fruits and Vegetables

From smoothies to stir-fries, keeping frozen fruits and vegetables on hand is convenient and smart. They’ll last longer and still give you the boost of nutrition you need. Don’t forget to purchase fresh produce, too, and if you can, opt for fruits and vegetables that last longer than others. If you find that your fresh food is perishing faster than you can eat it, catch it before it goes bad, chop it up, and pop it in the freezer.

Pasta, Beans, and Grains

The options are endless with dried pasta, beans, and grains. If you’re afraid you’ll get bored of the at-home food routine, branch out of your comfort zone a bit and try something different, like bulgur or couscous.

Flour

If you have flour on hand in your rental, you can make everything from banana bread to a birthday cake. Use flour for homemade pizza dough, simple tortillas, and naan.

Protein Powders and Nut Butters

Protein powders and nut butters are great staples for times when you need extra fat and nutrients. Put a scoop of protein powder in your smoothie before your morning video call or lather the almond butter on to your afternoon toast for some fuel.

Rental Home Cures for Boredom

If you’re stuck inside your rental and feeling bored, there are plenty of things you can do to lift your spirits and cure the boredom blues. Creating a home sanctuary where you feel happy and at peace with uplifting activities is part of preparing your rental home for COVID-19.

Read a book

Our rentals come equipped with the perfect spot (or two) for curling up and reading a good book. Get started on the one you’ve been carrying in your purse, download a new one to your tablet, or go the route of an audiobook to listen to while you drift off.

Tackle the Closet

Even when you’re in a temporary rental, cleaning or organizing the closet is always a great way to declutter and clear your mind. Whether you’re arranging in color order or simply spending some time ironing your work shirts for your next virtual meeting, a good closet clean can help cure boredom and increase productivity.

Make a To-Do List

Grab your favorite pens and a pad of paper, and get to work on a full to-do list. Maybe you want to declutter your email inbox or drum up some new freelance work—making a list is a great place to start.

Have a Movie Night

Our Zeus Living rentals are the prime place to relax on the couch and turn on a movie. Whether you’re watching solo, having some friends join virtually, or cozying up with your partner, a movie night is a good way to spend the evening indoors. Add some popcorn to your shopping list and the makings for hot chocolate or a cocktail, and you’ll soon be very content.

The Zeus Living Plan for COVID-19

We know you’re concerned, and we’ve always made it our mission at Zeus to make our guests feel at home from the moment they walk through the door. Now, more than ever, we’re committed to providing you the support you need. From our in-depth cleaning process to offering high-speed WiFi, here is what Zeus is doing in the wake of COVID-19.

Our Cleaning Process

At Zeus Living, our turnover cleaning fee covers a deep-clean and restocking, which is conducted before new guests move in. This cleaning is necessary to ensure a spotless home for all of our guests. With the coronavirus outbreak, we are being increasingly vigilant. Your safety is our top priority.

Our 2,400 furnished apartments are trusted by travelers of all kinds. Whether you’re a remote worker or a family practicing social distancing, we ensure the highest standards for cleanings with a 250+ point inspection of every home. Not sure whether you’d prefer to stay at a hotel? On average, renters stay with Zeus for 3 months—that means that, with fewer people in the unit and fewer turnover rates, there are fewer chances for exposure.

Our Cleaning Policy

In cities with shelter-in-place orders, like San Francisco and New York City, we have suspended cleaning services that our residents request during their stay. We will update residents when we can offer these services again.

In the meantime, we recommend practicing the cleaning and disinfecting guidelines as suggested by the CDC.

A Change in Travel or Work Plans

Zeus has always offered flexibility. In light of COVID-19, we’re adjusting our standard cancellation policy to be as generous as possible with our residents. We understand that travel plans have changed due to COVID-19, and we’re here to make them work for you.

In addition to helping remote workers and travelers, Zeus is also here to help students. With residence halls closed around the country, students have been displaced, and many are unable to return to their families or cities of origin. Zeus is offering discounted homes to students, faculty, and administrators near closed campuses. As always, we offer an easy online booking process and immediate availability.

Working from Home

Many people are working from home to do their part and protect the community. During these times of social distancing, we know both a sense of connection and maintaining routine are important. All Zeus apartments, homes, and studios are wired for work (and virtual visits) with complimentary 100 Mbps WiFi. We also provide work-friendly furniture, so you can settle in and get comfortable while you get your work done.

Are you looking for a home-office alternative, away from distractions like family, pets, and noise? Check out Work From Zeus, our specialized distraction-free spaces for remote work. There’s comfortable furniture, an HD TV for video chatting, fast Wi-Fi, and as always, award-winning mattresses (complete with dreamy bed linens), if you need to pull an overnighter.

From boredom cures to cleaning habits and shopping lists, we hope this list has helped you feel prepared and ready. We know it’s an uncertain time, but we also know there’s an opportunity to come together as a community of renters—and the world—and do our part to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

From all of us at Zeus Living, thanks for reading. Stay healthy. Stay safe. And please, stay home.

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