Tips for moving safely during COVID-19
Many people have cancelled or postponed life events due to COVID-19, but the number of people moving into new homes has been on the rise lately. Fortunately, moving safely during COVID-19 is possible by following extra safety precautions and doing proper research beforehand. Whether you’re moving down the block, to another town or across the country, here are some tips for making your move smoother and safer.
Touring potential homes is a critical part of choosing your new place. While public open houses are less common now due to coronavirus concerns, one-on-one tours with real estate agents or property managers have continued in many areas. Before touring a property, you may be required to take steps such as wearing a mask, sanitizing your hands and covering your shoes during home tours. Alternatively, if you prefer – or if the location or property requires – a virtual tour of the home may be arranged.
Renting a moving van, packing your own belongings and unloading them yourself is the safest way to ensure social distancing during your move. Rental agencies should be using contactless pickups and drop-offs, but it’s recommended to call ahead just to be sure. Bring cleaning supplies and disinfectants with you, and follow the CDC guidelines to sanitize the high-touch surfaces of the van before you begin driving. Wearing a face mask is recommended when interacting with people outside your household.
In most places, moving companies have been deemed essential businesses and are operating under new procedures to lower the infection risk for their staff and clients. Still, you should call each company to discuss the specifics of their new policies and choose the one that you’re most comfortable with. It’s recommended to ask if the company is requiring both movers and clients to wear masks and practice social distancing. You should also inquire about their process for screening their employees for infections.
If you decide to hire movers, it’s a good idea to limit their exposure to both you and your belongings. Packing everything beforehand will reduce the movers’ time in your home and the amount of contact they have with your possessions. As with a self-move, wearing a face mask is recommended when interacting with people outside your household.
On the road
Short moves across town can be done in one simple trip, but moving across the state or country requires a bit more planning for pit stops and bathroom breaks. Outdoor rest areas are a great place to stretch your legs away from a crowd. Avoid busy truck stops and gas stations when possible, but when you do stop to refuel, sanitize your hands after touching the gas pump and before you get back in your car. You may also want to sanitize your credit card before and after handing it to an attendant. Wearing a mask while near others in public is recommend and may even be required.
Moving to a new place can be stressful enough in the best of times, but it’s also an exciting next step in your journey. Be excited for it! With the right preparation, your move during COVID-19 can be a smooth and safe experience.