How to Make a Scheduled Move Happen During COVID-19

by Dusty Rhodes on Jun 04, 2020  in 
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COVID_19 Moving Tips


Perhaps you have already closed on your house or you have to move for a new job. Whatever the reason, many people are still moving forward with their scheduled moves despite the novel coronavirus. That said, moving during a global pandemic can add even more stress and confusion to the process. So, before you begin packing up the house, consider these essential tips for navigating a move during COVID-19.


Consider Moving Yourself

If you don’t have too many items or you aren’t moving a long distance, it might be in your best interest to move yourself. Personally handling your own items and minimizing contact with others is the safest way to move. A great option for moving yourself is utilizing portable storage containers. These containers are conveniently delivered directly to your door without you ever coming into contact with another person.


Make Sure Your Movers are Following Safety Guidelines

If you do find yourself in a position where you need to hire movers, make sure to ask the moving company about how they are protecting you during this time. Make sure the movers are wearing face masks, gloves, booties, and are properly sanitizing high touch surfaces.


Purchase New Packing Materials

Until now, it was common for people to gather boxes and packing materials from local grocery stores, friends, family members, and neighbors. However, this approach is not recommended during the pandemic. Rather, you should purchase new packing materials to reduce your risk of exposure.


Clean and Disinfect

Make sure you clean and sanitize your new home before and after you move in. You want to make sure the home is clean from the previous owner and then you also want to sanitize after your boxes have touched the surfaces. It's also a good idea to open windows to allow for air circulation as you move in. Be sure to follow CDC guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting and pay special to high touch-surfaces like banisters, door knobs,

Light switches, and countertops.


Be Flexible

As you prepare for your move, be aware that some things are simply out of your control during this time. For example, postpone your move if you or someone in your family isn’t feeling well. Also, double-check with your moving or portable storage company to ensure they are still on schedule and review their rescheduling and cancellation policy just in case. You also want to keep in mind that stay-at-home orders, travel restrictions, and other unprecedented issues could come up and cause delays. 

Dusty Rhodes