Moving & COVID-19: Here’s What You Need to Know
December 8, 2020
Moving during the flu season is one thing, but moving during a global pandemic? Though it might feel crazy, many systems and protocols are already in place, designed to keep you and your family safe — from extra sanitation to virtual moving estimates. If you’ve got an upcoming move, what steps should you take to prepare?
According to Moving.com, having a plan in place is extra important. This includes having the right supplies, and leaving yourself enough time to organize, pack your personal belongings, and prepare your space for your movers. You’ll also want to be sure to keep these safety measures in place:
- Contact your movers.
You’ll want to confirm the reservation, discuss best practices for moving day, and go over all the safeguards in place. This is also the time for you to ensure that you’re all on the same page as far as moving expectations for social distancing, any additional storage needs, etc. You can find our detailed timeline, here.
- Purchase all of your supplies at once.
With COVID-19 restrictions in place, you’ll probably want just one trip to the store, so be prepared with all you need. You can also use our packing calculator to estimate your supplies. When in doubt, throw in some extra supplies. You’ll also want to have plenty of sanitation products on hand for the moving company on the day of your move.
- Clean as you go.
Now’s the time to sanitize and disinfect your belongings — whether that’s cleaning the switch on an appliance, or washing the dishes from the cabinet one more time before they go into storage, so they’re ready-to-use once you arrive in your new home.
- Aim to finish your personal packing at least 24 hours before the movers arrive. This holds true whether you pack yourself or have us pack for you. Not only does this give you a mental breather, this also gives ample time for any germs from the virus to dissipate, for everyone’s safety.
- Donate items well in advance.
If you plan on donating items like clothing, linens, furniture, or non-perishable food items, call ahead or check the charity’s website so you know what their policies and drop-off schedules are. (You’ll also want to ensure that any extra food is donated or thrown away if you don’t plan to travel with the snacks you have on hand.)
Lastly, let your mover know right away if you or anybody in your family has become sick or exposed to someone with COVID-19. Should you need to re-schedule a move or your surrounding days of travel for any reason, do so as soon as possible to avoid any unnecessary fees.
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