The novel coronavirus has called a halt to a lot of normal routines, both in the United States and abroad. Social distancing is the course of action that’s needed, but moving isn’t always something that waits. Here’s your guide to moving during COVID-19 pandemic.
But how does moving during a virus pandemic even work though? And more importantly, will home mover services be still available?
Is moving considered essential?
You see, for a lot of people, a moving date isn’t flexible. Sometimes, there’s a lease ending, an upcoming closing date, etc. It’s important that you have access to the critical services that would let you relocate. Moving is generally and technically considered essential.
But even if you do have flexibility in your moving date, consider waiting, especially if you live and are a part of a high-risk group. On the other hand, if you can’t postpone your move, but you’re concerned about exposure, an option can be moving with your own rental truck or car. That is, if you can manage to lift and carry all of your belongings.
Will moving services still be available?
So far yes, moving companies are open for business. There haven’t been any notable shutdowns or service. If you’ve already scheduled a move and haven’t heard about anything otherwise, then assume that your moving company still provides services. You can also call just to confirm for sure.
What’s changed right now is largely related to the customer experience in itself. When home movers come to your house to assist you, there’s frequent hand-washing, and no physical contact between clients and movers.
What’s different when moving during COVID-19 pandemic?
Our own moving company is taking this COVID-19 pandemic very seriously. With that in mind, companies across the country have protocols in place, and each one of them is designed to protect our customers and our employees.
These moving during COVID-19 pandemic measures include:
- Following local and federal guidelines surrounding sanitation and social distancing.
- Frequent sanitation of equipment and trucks.
- Wearing gloves, masks, and other protective equipment.
- Practicing social distancing with moving teams and customers.
- Doing virtual surveys to provide a good estimate.
- Stocking moving trucks with hand sanitizer.
How to Do Moving During COVID-19 Pandemic
You often hear about how important it is to plan your move ahead, and what questions to ask movers before you move. These practices are even more apparent when you’re going to relocate in the middle of a virus pandemic.
You need to stay one step ahead to ensure that you’ve got proper supplies (because running to and fro to the store just isn’t ideal). In addition, you also need to leave yourself enough time to pack and get ready for the arrival of your movers.
#1 Call your movers
This is needed to confirm reservations and talk about best practices for moving day. It’s a good thing that moving companies are placing lots of safeguards to help protect clients. Ultimately, it helps to be on the same page as them, so you know what to expect.
#2 Purchase all moving supplies in one go
We currently live in a world where trips to the store are limited, and social distancing is encouraged for everyone’s safety.
You’ll need to get it right with simply one trip to the store, so make sure you have a list and you know exactly what you need based on how many rooms and people there are in the house. And when you’re in doubt, buy extra. It’s better to have excess than to lack.
#3 Finish your packing at least 24 hours before movers arrive
Coronavirus can last a long time on top of surfaces. It can even last up to 24 hours on cardboard boxes. Your movers will be wearing gloves, but for everyone’s safety, you still need to have your boxes packed. Leave them untouched at least a day before the movers arrive.
#4 Clean as you do your packing
While you’re packing and moving, use this as an opportunity to clean. Sanitize your belongings, wipe items down, and clean the things with disinfectant. If you don’t have disinfectant, you can create a solution consisting of tablespoon bleach and one gallon of water.
Other Important Tips for Moving During COVID-19 Pandemic
The AMSA has offered some important tips that will help make the move go smoothly as possible during the pandemic. Some key takeaways include:
- Hygiene products for movers: To aid your movers, make sure to leave out hygienic products that they can use while transporting your items to and from the moving truck. Leave out paper towels, soap, and hand sanitizer.
- Inform movers if some family members have symptoms: Transparency is key to keeping everyone safe. Let your movers know if you’re suspecting viral illness in your family or if you’re isolating because of exposure.
- Avoid using recycled and free moving boxes: Coronavirus can live on cardboard for as long as 24 hours. That means now isn’t the time to pick up free moving from places that recycle them. Boxes inside the house are fine, but if you need extra, you can always visit a store and buy new boxes.
- If your area is high-risk, cancel the move: No move is worth the risk on your life. If there is flexibility in when your move happens, push back the move until it’s safer to relocate.
With this said and more, please continue staying safe during your move.