No matter the reason, time of year, or state of the nation, moving is stressful. You have to gather estimates from moving companies, schedule time off work, box and unbox all of your possessions, and more. Add the COVID-19 pandemic into the mix, and it appears to be a recipe for disaster. That said, it doesn’t have to be. By exercising the appropriate precautions, doing your research, and maintaining a positive attitude, you can set yourself up for success.
Are you moving during the COVID-19 pandemic? Our team at Washington Place Apartment Homes has some helpful tips and tricks to help you stay safe and live happy.
Choose Your Moving Company Carefully
It is more important than ever to do your research. Call around to different companies and ask about what measures they are taking to keep their customers and employees safe while assisting in the moving process. Ask whether they can use new packing products instead of used, what kind of personal protective equipment they require, and how much moving will cost. A reputable company will be happy to offer a flexible scheduling plan, follow strict social distancing guidelines, and ensure that you feel safe and well cared for during the entire process.
“Moving companies are taking the coronavirus pandemic very seriously,” says Laura Mueller at moving.com. “Companies across the country have put into place protocols designed to protect their employees and their customers.”
Clean and Disinfect
Hiring professional cleaners would typically be a stellar option to help you cut down on the work that goes into a move. That said, given our current state, consider enlisting the help of those within your households, such as your significant other, children, or parents. Sanitize all surfaces and common touchpoints, such as doorknobs and light switches. Prepack some of your possessions on your own. This allows you to clean what’s necessary, organize, and even set aside some items to donate.
“A large part of moving efficiently involves getting rid of stuff you don’t need before the move,” shares Liz Gersch, a professional organizer. “Though many donation centers, consignment centers and auction houses have reopened, they have only so much storage space and can be pickier about what they take.” If you’re struggling to find a place to donate your unwanted items, consider listing them on Facebook or another free virtual marketplace.
Maintain Your Physical Distance
On the day of the move, greet your team with a smile and “hello” rather than a handshake. Wear your mask, and consider staying in a separate area of the house until the movers finish. Once the move is complete, quarantine your belongings before unpacking. The coronavirus can survive on paper surfaces, such as cardboard boxes, for up to 24 hours. Wash your hands frequently, and remember to respect those around you. If at any time you suspect symptoms of COVID-19, contact your mover to determine the best plan of action.
Moving can cause a lot of stress and frustration. That said, stay positive, do your research, choose your moving company carefully, and reference the CDC guidelines to ensure a safe and seamless transition.