How to Move During a Pandemic

It’s very safe to say that the last few months have been quite an adjustment for most people. In fact, that’s an understatement.

And while the COVID-19 pandemic has created a tremendous amount of upheaval and disruption in our lives, forcing many of us to pause our normal routines, life goes on.

Some things can’t be halted indefinitely, including your move.

Sure, if there is any way you can suspend or delay your relocation that would be the best idea, but for most of us, that’s simply not possible. 

With that in mind, we’ve put together a shortlist of tips and recommendations to help you plan your move in the midst of a global pandemic. 

1. Follow local and CDC standard social distancing guidelines.

Regardless of the situation, we all still should be adhering to the most basic guidelines that the CDC has issued to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19. This includes:

  • Maintain a 6-foot distance between you and others when in public.
  • Wear cloth masks.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing.
  • Clean/wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds.

2. Do your homework.

A lot has changed in the past three months so please check with your moving company and local government offices to see if your move will be affected by orders restricting travel and/or gatherings.

A few phone calls and some due diligence will save you a lot of aggravation and will help guide your expectations.

3. Stop wearing gloves!

Okay, if you have to move, feel free to grab some gloves if you want to protect your hands from injury, but don’t wear plastic gloves to help “prevent” the spread of the virus. Simply put, plastic gloves won’t help.

In fact, research now shows that gloves can create another surface for the virus to live on making the situation and spread of COVID-19 worse.

4. Clean often.

The CDC recommends cleaning frequently-used items and surfaces as often as possible. Follow the instructions on the labels of your household cleaners and EPA-registered disinfectants. 

Not sure if your cleaner will do the trick?

Check out the list of disinfectants the CDC indicates are most likely to be effective against COVID-19, including Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, Lysol® Disinfectant Spray, and Virasept.

5. Disinfect your new home.

Before you unpack and settle in, make sure to thoroughly clean your new home with the same selection of cleaners we mentioned before. 

Not sure how to get your house COVID clean? Check out the CDC’s guidelines for cleaning and sanitizing your space.

6. Reduce paperwork and in-person meetings.

Technology can be super frustrating at times, like when you turn on your computer and all you get is a blue screen… ARGH!

But it’s also very helpful, especially in times like this. 

Consider doing virtual walkthroughs of homes you’re considering buying, and getting a virtual in-home estimate from your mover rather than having them come to your home.

Also, these days, there is little need to grab a pen. Most contracts and paperwork can be filled out electronically, so do as much as you can without the need for ink and parchment.

The bottom line this: 

As long as you follow the CDC’s guidelines and stay smart, you can experience a fairly stress-free move with the help of the right mover—and we are one of those right movers. It’s completely normal to feel a bit anxious as so much is uncertain now, but it’s not impossible to enjoy a successful moving day. 

Reach out to us to start planning your move today.

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