4 Tips for Moving During COVID-19

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people have adapted to numerous changes like stay-at-home orders and social distancing. Plenty of events and plans have been rescheduled or even cancelled, but for people planning to move soon, staying put is not an option. Pull off your upcoming move with a little extra planning and a few precautionary steps by following these tips!

Research Movers

While moving services are considered “essential” in most states, many small companies have reduced their hours or put their business on pause. This could cause you to do the move on your own which is likely your safest option.

However, if you need extra hands, do your homework and research some local companies. Ask about their sanitation procedures, if they have necessary supplies like masks and gloves, confirm the details on their cancellation policy and get a virtual quote.

Take Extra Precautions

There are plenty of extra precautions that you can take, whether you are moving on your own or using a moving company. Always wear masks, gloves and booties and have plenty of extra available. Pack plenty of hand sanitizer, soap and towels to have on hand during your move. Disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, especially doorknobs and handles. You will also want to consider buying new boxes or using boxes currently in your possession instead of grabbing them from stores that are recycling them.

Disinfect Upon Arrival

Before you start unpacking in your new home, it’s a good idea to clean and disinfect everything first. If you moving a short distance away, you might be able to get this done before the big moving day. If you are moving across state lines or even just hours away, you might want to consider calling a cleaning company to do this for you. Again, do your homework to verify their procedures and what actions they are taking to be even safer during COVID-19.

Lighten the Load

Pack fewer items from your pantry by donating your shelf-stable items to a local food bank. As COVID-19 forces school closures, soup kitchen shutdowns and a surge of layoffs, the need for anti-hunger provisions is greater than ever. This is a great way to lighten the load while helping those in need!

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