A surprising number of people are considering moving during COVID 19. Be it due to job obligations, or simply to settle into a new area, they are trying to figure out how to relocate in the midst of this pandemic. Well, a couple of weeks ago, we would advise you against doing so. But, seeing as the coronavirus is slowing down, relocating has become a viable option. So, how are you to approach moving while coronavirus is still present, and are there any special measures that you need to take? Well, that is what we are here to help you figure out.
How to approach moving during COVID 19
Moving during the COVID-19 is, in many regards, quite similar to standard moving. You will have to deal with packing, finding movers, transporting items, and unpack. So, almost all the tips that apply to everyday moving will apply to this. The main difference is that there are certain health regulations that you should adhere to in order to stay safe. Remember, just because COVID-19 is slowing down doesn’t mean that it is gone. Therefore, if you want to have a safe and well-organized relocation, you need to keep your health and the health of people around you in mind.
To keep yourself and the people helping you healthy while moving, there are a couple of measures that you need to implement. By now you should be familiar with what these measures are, as we’ve all been advised in the past couple of months on how to protect ourselves. But, unfortunately, some people still tend to go overboard. So, to keep thins clear and simple here is what to do:
- Wear a facemask while spending time with people (especially indoors).
- Wash your hands as much as possible.
- Do not touch your face.
- Avoid staying close to people as much as possible (physical distancing).
- Whatever you can do/organize online, do it.
- Wear work gloves (these should be a part of your relocation attire, along with work boots).
Some of you might consider disinfecting your items before and after moving them. This is an unnecessary waste of disinfectant, and it won’t do much to protect you from COVID-19. Instead, we suggest that you simply wipe your items after unpacking them. That will be more than enough to keep you healthy.
Apart from what we’ve outlined, moving during COVID 19 is pretty much the same as regular relocation. For this article, we are going to assume that you need to move in a couple of weeks. Otherwise, you wouldn’t have to worry about what moving during coronavirus pandemic would be like. So, with this, the fact that you have a limited amount of time available here is how to prepare.
When to start preparing
The most important thing to mention is that you need to start moving preparations as soon as possible. This is true even if your relocation is months away. But it is especially true if you need to move in a week or two. Know that most relocation can be quite complicated and that there are a lot of aspects that you need to tackle. Therefore, the sooner you start preparing, the fewer mistakes you will make. Know that rushing is the bane of any relocation.
Finding the right moving company
Efficiently preparing for your relocation will only be possible if you have an experienced moving company to guide you. So, before you do anything else, make sure to find one. Our advice is to go online and check which local moving companies can help you out. You want to find as many of them as possible and then compare their moving estimates. Know that most moving companies provide free online estimates. Therefore, you shouldn’t shy away from getting as many as you can. Also, remember to check their online reviews and testimonials. The key here is to find an experienced moving company that is reliable and trustworthy. With such a company helping you out, moving during COVID 19 will be safe and efficient.
One option you can go for is to have your movers pack your belongings for you. But, considering that it is advisable that you spend as little time as possible with people in a closed space, packing by yourself can be a good idea. To do this, you will first need to get packing supplies. If your moving company doesn’t provide them, we suggest that you go online and check which company can deliver some to you.
In order to tackle packing properly, we suggest that you study a packing guide. Keep in mind that packing is the most important aspect of moving when it comes to safety. So, it will be up to you to ensure that your items are properly packed.
Moving day tips
No matter how much you prepare for it, moving day is going to be stressful. So, if you want to handle it properly, we suggest that you learn a couple of stress management techniques. These will help you relax during moving preparations and will help you unwind after it.
The whole point of finding reliable movers is for them to help you out. So, once you make sure that they know what they are doing, do yourself a favor and listen to their advice. They’ve probably forgotten more about moving then you’ll ever know. So, by following their advice and by staying out of their way, you will make your relocation safer and easier.
Finally, whether you’re moving during COVID 19 or not, don’t forget to get moving insurance. No matter how skilled or experienced your moving company is, mistakes and mishaps do happen. And, if one does, you’d be much better off having proper moving insurance to rely on, especially if you are transporting fragile items.